"In the meantime, about this recording, it can't be said loudly or often enough - Bravo, bravo, bravo."
"For Johnny Reinhard to have finally given us this work - long the stuff of myth and legend - is a remarkable accomplishment. The result is totally believable Ives, although some have said that it doesn't sound like the rest of his music. It was not supposed to. Regardless, to my ears, the first impression was that ONLY Ives could have written this work. All of the hallmarks are there save for the myriads of quotations. If one takes the last movement of the Fourth Symphony as a starting point, soon it is clear where this amazing piece of music has come from, and where it is going... "
extensive articles by Johnny Reinhard included in the
previews and analysis written around the time of the Lincoln Center
premiere of Johnny Reinhard's new realization of the Universe
Two articles on the five-year recording and development of the first recording of Johnny Reinhard's realization of the Universe Symphony:
of the Universe Symphony recording musicians
Charles Ives was an extraordinary musical innovator. He turned away from the European classical music tradition that had obsessed and intimidated early composers in the United States, and became the first US composer to focus on the cultural values of his own nation.
Between the demands of running a successful insurance company by day and composing by night, he compromised his health badly. For the last 25 years of his life was musically quiet.
The Universe Symphony was composed in parallel with his last numbered symphony (the fourth) and remained unfinished at his death. He asked several composer friends for help, to no avail.
findings and research by Johnny Reinhard enabled him to construct
a fresh performing version of 64 minutes for 74 musicians, introduced
at Lincoln Center, New York on June 6 1996 with the full approval
of the Charles Ives Society.
Charles Ives at the Stereo Society:
To Charles Ives' Stereo Society home page
Tradition And The Universe Symphony, by Johnny Reinhard
Previews and Reviews:
Johnny Reinhard at the Stereo Society (selected :
To Johnny Reinhard's home page (all links)
To Raven CD page
To Johnny's interview (1999)
A new interview (2005) with Johnny Reinhard, about the Universe Symphony
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