- Audio CD (Oct. 28 1992)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Chandos
- ASIN: B000000APA
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
|1. Symphony No.1: I. Allegro|
|2. Symphony No.1: II. Adagio Molto (Sostenuto)|
|3. Symphony No.1: III. Scherzo: Vivace|
|4. Symphony No.1: IV. Allegro Molto|
|5. First Essay, Op.12: Andante Sostenuto - Allegro Molto - Largamente Sostenuto|
|6. Second Essay, Op.17: Andante, Un Poco Mosso - Molto Allegro Ed Energico - Piu Tranquillo...|
|7. Third Essay, Op.47: 1/4nt=76 - Tranquillo - Poco Movendo - Piu Tranquillo - Come Prima...|
Ives is an early work from his college days at Yale. Especially appealing to this ear is the Scherzo, with its crisp voicing and counterpoint well spoken.
Barber's Essays are short compositions with the third being his last written before his death. The last two feature magnificent percussion which drives the orchestration into a frenzy, speaking well of the turmoil which supposedly resided in the frustration composer's career closing.
The DSO led by the renown Jarvi plays admirably on this recording, with balance and sensitivity, yet strong voicing and great percussion.
The three Barber Essays are an extra, pleasant bonus.
This performance is one of amazing transparency and clarity; all the voices are heard. My first classical recording, bought in 1969, was a set of the Ives Symphonies, including Ormandy's recording of the First, now unfortunately out of print. This performance by Jarvi and the Detroit Symphony lacks some of the vigor and drive of the one on my old LP, particularly in the final movement, but it brings out counterpoint that I had never noticed before.
The performances of Barber's Essays for Orchestra are fine, as well. The Ives Symphony, though, is truly something special - both the work itself and the performance here.