- Audio CD (July 1 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Nonesuch
- ASIN: B000005IVV
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The obligato parts really soften the effect of the piece emotionally. This is also a slower version of the Concord, timing out at almost 49 minutes to Kirkpatrick's 38. Charlie himself played this even faster.
A lovely performance, indeed I like "Emerson" the best, and I think Gilbert Kalish was right to include the viola part for this recording.
Immediately I was impressed that I was in the presence of a musician who clearly understood Ives and could convey the beauty of this music from within the enigmatic writing. I came to love the piece through this recording.
The recorded sound is spacious and the piano sound is realistic. This CD is a Concord Sonata worth owning even if it were selling at full price. I highly recommend it.
Be assured that Kalish handles the technical interpretive difficulties of the work in stride. He conveys affection and joy and this performance includes the brief viola part (in the first movement) and flute part (in the fourth movement) that Ives made optional. Very good sound.