Ives: Universe Symphony CD
Johnny Reinhard conducted the AFMM Orchestra in the premiere of Ives’ Universe Symphony, Lincoln Center June 6 1996.
This is the most important recording of any of Charles Ives’ music for a long time. Johnny Reinhard’s project is the first full realization of his last and greatest work: the most ambitious effort from a great composer who over-extended himself and ruined his health so badly he couldn’t finish it himself. He begged others to help him finish it. None did.
See below to download or listen to some extracts,each is about five minutes.
Over ten years before we released this CD, having been fascinated for years by stories of this mythical music, Johnny Reinhard decided to dig. He found surprisingly clear clues and directions from the great man which convinced him that the symphony’s final form could be defined. He even received the approval of the Ives Society, who are dedicated to making sure that his legacy is not compromised, for his first performance of his realization of this huge work. The first (and so far only) live performance was at Lincoln Center June 6 1996.
Ives was an innovator. He doesn’t belong in the ‘classical music’ rack. He belongs in the ‘new music’ place. Even half a century after he died. This is extraordinary sound that transcends labels and relates to where we are now. You can hear excerpts from his ultimate masterpiece in streaming and download forms here.
Available as CD (full atomic production with 32-page color booklet with two long articles by Johnny Reinhard), or download.
Total CD running time: 64’47”
Translations into German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Italian are available on this site.
Fragment: Earth Alone
Prelude #1: Pulse Of The Cosmos
Excerpt from Prelude #1, Pulse of the Cosmos,
Cycle 2, including Heavens Fragment
and beginning of Cycle 3
Pulse of the Cosmos
Section A: Wide Valleys And Clouds
Excerpt from Section A: Wide Valleys and Clouds
Wide Valleys And Clouds
Prelude #2: Birth Of The Oceans
Section B: Earth And The Firmament
Excerpt from Section B: Earth and the Firmament, including beginning of Prelude #3: And Lo,
Now It is night
Earth And The Firmament
Prelude #3: And Lo, Now It Is Night
Section C: Earth Is Of The Heavens
Excerpt fromSection C: Earth is of the Heavens