Variations on "America" (orch. Schuman); Symphony No. 1 in d minor; The Unanswered Question - Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Morton Gould
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KHCD-2012-029DL (STEREO) - Variations on "America" (orch. Schuman); Symphony No. 1 in d minor; The Unanswered Question - Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Morton Gould - This recording, a Grammy Award winner in 1967, was the first recording by a major orchestra of Ive's Symphony No. 1, a student work of surprising sweetness and beauty that belies its creator. Ive's earliest works were for the organ; the Variations, Etc. on a National Hymn, written at 17, was one such piece, rejected when first submitted for publication. E. Power Biggs reassembled the piece in 1949 with Ives' help. Bigg's performance in 1962 at the dedicaton of the Philharmonic Hall organ , Lincoln Center prompted William Schuman to transcribe it for orchestra. The Unanswered Question is from 1906-08, and is a good demonstration of Ives' pioneering selection of material. This transcription is derived from an very good condition RCA Red Seal Dynagroove LP.