Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ives Takes the Fifth

One of my all-time favorite pieces of non-Beethoven music naturally pays homage to Ludwig.  It's "The Alcotts" movement from Charles Ives' Concord piano sonata.  I've seen Jeremy Denk (who is featured in our new book) do justice to it at Carnegie Hall, and he also has a fine recording of it, as does Aimard, among others.  But here's a real treat: Ives himself playing it.  If not especially well, at least movingly:

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