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LOS ANGELES (March 14, 2021) – Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s recording of the complete symphonies of Charles Ives won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Orchestral Performance today at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards.
The composer’s four symphonies were recorded for Deutsche Grammophon in landmark interpretations by Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic during highly acclaimed concert performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall in February 2020, captured just weeks before the world went into Covid-19 lockdown.
“This recording was made during some of the final performances before the pandemic shutdown, and so we all have such powerful, poignant memories around it. We are honored to have it receive this award and recognition, and we look forward to the day when we can all make music together again safely!" said Gustavo Dudamel.
This is the second year in a row that the LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel have received the award for Best Orchestral Performance, in 2019 the live, world premiere recording of Andrew Norman’s Sustain also won.
About the Composer: Charles Ives was born in 1874 in Danbury, Connecticut. His father was the youngest bandmaster in the Union Army during the American Civil War and encouraged his son to make music. Young Ives also excelled at baseball and American football. He received a solid grounding in harmony and counterpoint from his composition professor at Yale University and ran experiments in mixing different types of music with the Hyperion Theater Orchestra. Ives made his living in the insurance business and composed in his spare time, a practical arrangement that delivered great creative freedom. This staunchly independent thinker synthesized the American folk tunes and hymns of his childhood with his own aesthetic, using techniques such as bitonality and polyrhythms decades before they entered the standard 20th-century composition toolbox, to create a unique sound and a personal voice – truly, an American original.
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Charles Ives (1874-1954)
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Symphony No. 1
I. Allegro con moto
II. Adagio molto. Sostenuto
III. Scherzo. Vivace
IV. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 2
I. Andante moderato
III. Adagio cantabile
IV. Lento maestoso
V. Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No. 3 (“The Camp Meeting”)
I. Old Folks Gatherin’ – Andante maestoso
II. Children’s Day – Allegro moderato
III. Communion – Largo
Symphony No. 4
I. Prelude. Maestoso
II. Comedy. Allegretto
III. Fugue. Andante moderato
IV. Finale. Very slowly – Largo maestoso
Releases Dates: digital, August 28, 2020; physical, January 29, 2021 - Deutsche Grammophon
The Ives recording was made possible by generous support from Michele Moehring.
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