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Charles Ives' America (DVD)

Charles Ives' America (DVD)


Charles Ives' America (DVD)


"Horowitz’s Charles Ives’ America may very well be the most important film ever produced about American music.”

— JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic


“Horowitz's six beautiful films reveal a compelling inclusive tradition in American classical music. Open to influences from popular, Black, Native American, and world music, this music is deeply interwoven with American culture.” 

— Peter Burkholder, author of A History of Western Music


“The Dvorak’s Prophecy films make an essential contribution to our understanding of the role that music has played, and must continue to play, in American culture as a whole. Because Horowitz does not shy away from political, racial, and gender issues of intense contemporary relevance, these films are especially important right now.” 

— Larry Starr, Professor Emeritus of Music, University of Washington

As described by Naxos:


Steeped in nostalgia, in his Danbury childhood and the New England Transcendentalists with whom he profoundly identified, in the American experience of race which he absorbed from his Abolitionist grandparents, Ives used the past with consummate empathy and brave artistry. A musical Whitman or Melville, he embodies the American trope of the ‘self-made genius’, heeding Emerson’s call to cut the cultural umbilical cord with Europe, forging an original path. The music at hand here includes his Second Symphony (a milestone in culling the vernacular to set beside Huckleberry Finn), The Housatonic at Stockbridge (possibly the most sublime nature reverie in the American orchestral repertoire), and The St Gaudens in Boston Common (a singular ghost dirge in tribute to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw’s Black Civil War regiment). We also hear portions of Ives’s Concord Sonata performed by Steven Mayer (an interpretation seasoned by a lifetime of advocacy) and half a dozen Ives songs peerlessly sung (in live performance with Paul Sanchez) by William Sharp. The commentators include the Ives scholars J. Peter Burkholder and Judith Tick, and the conductor James Sinclair. – J.H.


Naxos, 2021.

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