Charles Ives’s America: Hymns, Songs, Sonatas
Jeremy Denk, piano; Stefan Jackiw, violin and Houston Chamber Choir
All Ives program:
Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano
Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano
Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Piano, “Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting”
Jeremy Denk, piano; Stefan Jakiw, violin; members of Houston Chamber Choir
Few composers have drawn as much literal inspiration from their childhood home as the American maverick Charles Ives. Award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk has made a special project of championing the music of Ives. In this imaginative project, Denk, violinist Stefan Jackiw and members of Houston Chamber Choir explore inspiration and Ives’s unparalleled invention, interweaving the original hymns, patriotic songs and marches performed by a quartet of singers with the wildly imaginative sonatas of Ives that those songs inspired.
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“[Ives’s] music is brilliant, inventive, tender, edgy, wild, original, witty, haunting.” – Jeremy Denk
“Mr. Denk’s playing exuded affinity for Ives and vivid imagination. Mr. Jackiw, deftly balancing fervor and elegance, beautiful tone and earthy colorings, proved a comparably inspired Ivesian on this exciting night.” — The New York Times