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St. Olaf Choir
Charles Ives - The Celestial Country

Song NameComposer
Prelude, Trio & ChorusCharles Ives
InterludeCharles Ives
Aria for BaritoneCharles Ives
Chorus a cappellaCharles Ives
InterludeCharles Ives
Intermezzo for String QuartetCharles Ives
InterludeCharles Ives
Double chorus a cappellaCharles Ives
Aria for TenorCharles Ives
Introduction to FinaleCharles Ives
Chorale & FinaleCharles Ives
Silence Unaccompanied:Charles Ives
Adagio SostentutoCharles Ives
EveningCharles Ives
AfterglowCharles Ives
The CollectionCharles Ives
Duty/Vita/DutyCharles Ives
CarolCharles Ives
SunriseCharles Ives
HymnCharles Ives
MistsCharles Ives

The Celestial Country was composed sometime before 1900, probably when Ives was organist at the fashionable First Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and it was scored for choir, strings and organ. This dramatic, symphonic work uses choruses, an a cappella chorus and instrumental interludes, and bold unresolved dissonances. Ives strives for a modern, more streamlined expression, though indulging in a Wagnerian finale, as much Wagner as he would ever display in a lifetime of composing. The veteran 75 mixed-voice St. Olaf Choir brings a fresh, immediate feel to this material, as if we are present for the first performance of this work in April, 1902 at Central Presbyterian Church in NYC. First we have the 12 movements of "Celestial Country," then 9 movements of "Silence Accompanied," written in the final years of Ives' creative life, the aftermath of WWI and the defeat of Wilson's plan for the League of Nations. "Aria for Baritone, "Chorus A Cappella," "Double Chorus A Cappella," "Aria for Tenor" and "Chorale & Finale" are particularly fine from "Celestial Country;" "Afterglow," "The Collection," "Duty/Vita/Duty," "Carol," "Sunrise" and "Mists" in "Silence." Beautifully illustrated, complete liner notes tell us all about the composer, the music and the Choir.

Item code: 7576C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | United States
CKN 203