Charles Ives, IVES: Symphony No 2 / Robert Browning Overture

Anastasia Tsioulcas

By Anastasia Tsioulcas

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Charles Ives (1874-1954) stands as one of the most inventive and thought-provoking American composers of any era. In his iconic Second Symphony, Ives builds layers upon layers of sound (including quotes of the songs "Camptown Races" and "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean") in ways that still sound fresh and surprising. Separate sound universes pile up on top of each other with seeming abandon, jostling for primacy in the listener's attentions — an idea that has found flower in contemporary electronica. Here, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Schermerhorn play Jonathan Elkus 'recent edition of Ives 'difficult score with masterful command.