Jeremy Denk Plays Ives
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||Piano Sonata No. 1: I. Adagio con moto||Jeremy Denk||6:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata No. 1: IIa. Allegro moderato||Jeremy Denk||1:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata No. 1: IIb. Allegro ("In the Inn")||Jeremy Denk||3:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata No. 1: III. Largo-Allegro-Largo||Jeremy Denk||6:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata No. 1: IVa. (No tempo heading)||Jeremy Denk||1:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata No. 1: IVb. Allegro-Presto-Slow||Jeremy Denk||2:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata No. 1: V. Andante maestoso||Jeremy Denk||9:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata No. 2 - "Concord, Mass, 1840-1860": Emerson||Jeremy Denk||15:53||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata No. 2 - "Concord, Mass, 1840-1860": Hawthorne||Jeremy Denk||10:53||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata No. 2 - "Concord, Mass, 1840-1860": The Alcotts||Jeremy Denk||5:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Piano Sonata No. 2 - "Concord, Mass, 1840-1860": Thoreau||Jeremy Denk||10:15||Album Only||View in iTunes|
Denk plays Ives - stunning!
These pieces by Ives are filled with power and grace. Denk's playing is note perfect; and at the same time, he shows us the beauty, the drama, and the fun of Ives's unique vision by bringing out the singing melodies at the heart of this piece. Check out "The Alcotts" (track 10) for a great example of this. I have heard the Concord sonata played many times before, but never been moved by it so much as here. This is an amazing album.
After trying to wrap my head around the music of Ives for years, Denk's stunning recording and entertaining and educational notes have parted the clouds. It's all here. The truly American melange of styles and moods are perfectly captured by Jeremy Denk's colorful playing. "Jeremy Denk Plays Ives" is brilliantly performed, beautifully recorded, and the digital booklet can make the most skeptical person an Ives aficionado.
Knowing my love for Ives, my friend recommended I buy this recording. I listened to their advice and could not be happier. Denk brings something new and fresh to Ives Concord Sonata (a work I know and love so well). Denk can now add one more fan to his growing fan base.