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An evening with Charles Ives: Thursday 18th April 2013

posted 15 Apr 2012, 05:24 by St Augustine's Singers   [ updated 16 Jun 2013, 14:49 ]

This concert brings together some of the greatest compositions by the American composer Charles Ives beginning with the 2nd piano sonata. Philip Mead has performed Ives at the Proms, the Barbican and in many tours.

His recording of the 2nd 'Concord' sonata (which will be on sale at this event), was 'critics choice' in November 2012 Gramophone Magazine, under the heading The Punk Perspective (and the top choice), reviewer Philip Clark wrote; Philip Mead's performance is loud, rude and jammed with idiosyncratic corners. Charles Ives would have been hugely appreciative and admiring.

Soprano Amanda Dean - noted for her performances of contemporary music most recently in The Mintaur by Harrison Birtwhistle,  will bring her beautiful artistry to six songs.

Finally, Ives' moving setting of Psalm 90, sung by the newly formed St Augustine's Chamber Choir will be given in a new realisation by Rob Godman using the actual bell sounds of Guilden Morden Church rather than the more normal tubular bells.