Ives - Universe, Incomplete & The Unanswered Ives (DVD) | Accentus ACC20434

Ives - Universe, Incomplete & The Unanswered Ives (DVD)


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Label: Accentus

Cat No: ACC20434

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 24th January 2020




Titus Engel


Ives, Charles

Universe Symphony (unfinished)



Titus Engel


Charles Ives - Universe, Incomplete
Stage production from the Ruhrtrienale 2018; world premiere at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, August 2018
- Staged by Christoph Marthaler
- Musical direction: Titus Engel
- Costumes: Anna Viebrock

The Unanswered Ives: Pioneer in American Music
A documentary by Anne-Kathrin Peitz

ďIn case I donít get to finishing this, somebody might like to try to work out the idea, and the sketch that Iíve already done would make more sense to anybody looking at it with this explanation.Ē
Ė Charles Ives

Inspired by these enticing words, director Christoph Marthaler, conductor Titus Engel, and stage designer Anna Viebrock developed their own highly individual take on an unfinished project by the American composer Charles Ives: the Universe Symphony, one of the great utopian works of the 20th century. Based on the musical work initially intended for 4250 musicians, the stage production Universe, Incomplete of the Ruhrtriennale 2018 incorporates elements and music from Charles Ivesís entire oeuvre.

The production is complemented by the documentary film The Unanswered Ives, which takes the viewer back to the composerís hometown in Danbury, Connecticut and retraces Ivesís New England heritage. Presented like a collage, the film reveals a man who was far ahead of his time Ė a solitary radical in music and pioneer in polytonal harmony and multiple rhythms who was able to draw from the rich tradition of American music.

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound formats: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region code: 0
Running time: 183:13 (Performance: 129:55; Documentary: 53:18)
Disc format: DVD 9 (double DVD)
Language: English, German
Subtitles: German, English, French, Japanese, Korean

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