Re: [charlesives] Lubimov's "Concord" Sonata
- Is this available domestically in the USA?
----- Original Message -----
From: Scott Mortensen
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2003 10:16 AM
Subject: [charlesives] Lubimov's "Concord" Sonata
Last night, I heard Alexei Lubimov's recording of the "Concord" for
the first time. Wow! Great performance! I've got to listen a few
more times to confirm my initial impressions. But after one listen,
I think that this performance is as good as any I've ever heard.
The first movement, especially, really knocked me out. It's
intensely poetic, but it's also harsh and clangorous when it needs to
be. Like the best interpreters of Ives, Lubimov manages to hold up
both the familiar and "way out" aspects of the music, and make them
work together beautifully. The "Hawthorne" mvmt is longer than any
other version I've heard--but it works. And Lubimov finds a
grinning, impish quality in the music that I love--and haven't heard
from anyone else. The "Alcotts" is EXTREMELY poetic, without a trace
of sentimentality. And the final movement is great too--it
includes "Thoreau's flute"--unlike my other favorite recording, by
The "filler" is Ives' "3 Quarter Tone Pieces for 2 pianos" with
Lubimov and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. (I wonder if Aimard's encounter
with Ives' music here had anything to do with his decision to record
the work later this year.) It's a compelling work--and darn strange
in a Dali-esque way.
One other great thing about this disc: it's cheap. Originally it was
released on Erato back in '96, but more recently it came out on the
Apex budget label. I paid 5 pounds UK (about $8?) for it from
www.mdt.co.uk. (No commercial connection.)
It's exciting to re-encounter familiar music, isn't it?! Hearing
this performance made me remember why I fell in love with Ives' music.
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But I haven't had any problems with either MDT or Crotchet in the UK.
(No commercial connection. ;-)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Frankie Camiola <chalkpie@o...>
> Is this available domestically in the USA?for
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Scott Mortensen
> Last night, I heard Alexei Lubimov's recording of the "Concord"
> the first time. Wow! Great performance! [Cut]