Boston Symphony OrchestraMichael Tilson Thomas. Three Places in New England, S. 7: I. The "St. Gaudens" in Boston Common. 3. Boston Symphony OrchestraMichael Tilson Thomas. 7: II. Putnam's Camp, Redding, Connecticut. 4. Sun-Treader: Lento (bar 119). 5. Sun-Treader: (bar 51a). 6. Symphony No. 2: I. Moderato. 7. Boston Symphony OrchestraMichael Tilson Thomas
The pieces date from 1929 (Charles Ives' Three Places in New England, which was written in the 1900s and 1910s with additional changes added in 1929), 1931 (Carl Ruggles' "Sun Treader") and 1943 (Walter Piston's 2nd Symphony) and all come from artists with origins in New England. I found only two of the tracks truly successful.
Ives: Three Places in New England, Ruggles: Sun Treader, etc. Audio CD. Charles Ives. Ruggles: Sun-treader - 2. Tempo Eighth Note 126 by Boston Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas. This CD opens with Ruggles' "Sun-Treader", which was inspired by Robert Browning's poem 'Pauline', in which is the line, "Sun-treader, light and life be thine forever. This is a craggy work, episodic in nature (it has six sections which are played without a pause), moderately dissonant, but with strong tonal centers. Ruggles was not a "modernist" in any sense of the term that a music student of the 1970s and beyond would consider it, but he definitely wrote "modern" music
Where Ives is evocative, Carl Ruggles is decidedly more abstract and harder to pin down. Yet Sun-Treader is a bold work of great ingenuity, and its stark sonorities and driving force put it among the most striking modernist works of the century. Walter Piston's Symphony No. 2 is unabashedly tonal and typical of the open, populist style employed by Piston's contemporaries Aaron Copland and Roy Harris. This reissue is taken from two LPs issued by Deutsche Grammophon in 1970 and 1971, and the performances by Michael Tilson Thomas and the Boston Symphony Orchestra are superb.
In 1987, Tilson Thomas founded the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, an orchestral academy for gifted young musicians whose stated mission is "to prepare highly-gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world. He is currently the academy's artistic director. He played an instrumental role in the development of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center in Miami Beach, which opened in 2011 . Three Places in New England Sun-treader.
Three Places In New England (An Orchestral Set)
I. The "St Gaudens" In Boston Common (Col. Shaw And His Colored Regiment) (Very Slowly - Più Moto - Meno Mosso)