Well, it seems we all missed it. Yesterday was Charlie's 130th
birthday, and it took an Ives Society email from Jim Sinclair to
wake me out of my stupor.
I hope all y'all are Society members. (Well, you *ought* to be!)
Now that the cat is out of the bag (well, semi, anyway), the bit in
the newsletter that I have some personal attachment to is the
"In the Studios
"Saxophonist Paul Winter (of the Paul Winter Consort) is
preparing a release of the historic Ives concert performed on the
lawn of Ives's West Redding, CT home in celebration of the 1974
100th birthday of Charles Ives. The package will include two CDs
of the concert, a bonus disc of later road performances, a DVD of
Connecticut Public Television's coverage of the original event, a
copy of the original program book, and a new "Ives Primer"
booklet. The release in CD-compatible [hybrid] SACD (5.1)
format is expected before the end of the year."
As some of you know, I was at an August studio session (in
Stamford, CT) where we listened to 30-year-old tapes of this
August 17, 1974 concert in the process of being remastered. A
few of you got "rough-cut" CD copies of a
produced-but-never-released LP that only included 42 minutes
of this over-2-hour concert, plus a scanned copy of that original
program book. My apologies to those who did *not* receive
these. But the good news is that this project is well underway,
and the final package, as Jim Sinclair describes it, promises to
be one of the best Ives releases of the year. At least, one of the
In other news, I finally received the Hamelin Concord/Barber
Sonata CD ("Hamelin II") after what seemed like an overly long
wait from Amazon. Time to go back into lurkdom whilst I get
ready, at long last, for my Concord marathon.