Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ives: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

'Symphony no 1 is a work of youthful vigor... Litton opens the symphony in flowing style, he finds optimism in it, vitality, the freshness of a spring day...The finale is a corking movement, full of exuberance, energy, and invention. Wonderful! Litton and his splendid orchestra do it justice, not least the marching band episode toward the close...Symphony no 4 is an amazing piece that is here given a very assured performance' --Fanfare, USA

'Overall these two CDs are a winning representation of the four Ives symphonies with the Dallas Symphony consistently impressive throughout' --Gramophone

'I have no doubt that Andrew Litton's cycle will serve as the reference for many years to come. A major achievement, no doubt about it'

'There is an unbuttoned passion, superb clarity of execution - particularly the brass - and, above all, a communication of spirit, probably down to Litton’s passion for the music, that just sweeps you along' --MusicWeb International

MP3 320 · 168 MB

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