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Charles Ives: The Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1

Paul Zukofsky and Gilbert Kalish
Charles Ives: The Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1

Charles Ives has grown into one of the most important American classical composers of international distinction, but it wasn’t always like this: Ives was frustrated by indifferent audiences and ambivalent critics throughout his entire career and most of his life. Violinist Paul Zukofsky and pianist Gilbert Kalish perform Sonatas No. 1 and No. 2. Evidently, the range of compositional devices Ives used—polytonality, atonality, complex multi-rhythms, tone clusters, twelve-tone rows, metrical modulation, and microtonality—“disturbed or bewildered nearly all of [Ives’] contemporaries.” But the sonatas present some of the most appealing and listenable material Ives produced. See also FW03347 Charles Ives: The Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Vol. 2.

Track Listing

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Sonata No. 1: Andante, Allegro vivace Paul Zukofsky and Gilbert Kalish 8:21
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Sonata No. 1: Largo cantabile Paul Zukofsky and Gilbert Kalish 8:50
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Sonata No. 1: Allegro Paul Zukofsky and Gilbert Kalish 9:00
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Sonata No. 2: Autumn: Adagio maestoso, Allegro moderato Paul Zukofsky and Gilbert Kalish 5:29
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Sonata No. 2: In the Barn: Presto, Allegro moderato Paul Zukofsky and Gilbert Kalish 4:11
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Sonata No. 2: The Revival: Largo, Allegretto Paul Zukofsky and Gilbert Kalish 4:40

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