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  • Frankie Camiola
    Is this available domestically in the USA? Frankie ... From: Scott Mortensen To: charlesives@yahoogroups.com Sent: Friday, September 26, 2003 10:16 AM Subject:
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 30, 2003
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      Is this available domestically in the USA?

      Frankie
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Scott Mortensen
      To: charlesives@yahoogroups.com
      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
      Marc-Andre Hamelin.

      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.

      Best,
      Scott




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    • Scott Mortensen
      Nope. But I haven t had any problems with either MDT or Crotchet in the UK. (No commercial connection. ;-) Scott ... for
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 1, 2003
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        Nope.

        But I haven't had any problems with either MDT or Crotchet in the UK.
        (No commercial connection. ;-)

        Scott

        --- In charlesives@yahoogroups.com, Frankie Camiola <chalkpie@o...>
        wrote:
        > Is this available domestically in the USA?
        >
        > Frankie

        > ----- Original Message -----
        > From: Scott Mortensen
        >
        > Last night, I heard Alexei Lubimov's recording of the "Concord"
        for
        > the first time. Wow! Great performance! [Cut]
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