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Comparing "Concords"

There's no way to measure musical enjoyment. To my way of thinking, it's a mystery that just happens somewhere between our ears, our brains, and our souls. Even so, a chart like this one may help you to draw some conclusions about the different recordings of the "Concord" that are out there. (Of course, timings are sometimes misleading. A "slow" performance, according to your CD player's timer, may sound fast, and vice-versa.) And you've also got factor in the different performing versions of the "Concord" that pianists may use.

In any case, for an Ives nut like myself, it's fun to occasionally dork-out and ruminate about this sort of thing. Make of it what you will!

Pianist
i. Emerson
ii. Hawthorne
iii. Alcotts
iv. Thoreau
Ives ('43)
-
-
5.02
-
Kontarsky ('61)
11.53
10.18
4.56
8.36
Mandel ('67)
16.42
12.42
5.45
12.24
Kirkpatrick II ('68)
13.35
10.02
4.37
9.43
Szidon ('72)
14.19
12.55
5.25
11.28
Kalish ('77)
17.44
12.28
6.03
12.40
Hamelin I ('88)
15.34
10.32
5.36
11.24
Coleman ('89)
18.36
12.22
6.59
13.28
Trythall ('92)
18.41
14.29
6.51
12.41
Lubimov ('96)
16.22
12.56
6.06
11.39
Gottlieb ('97)
14.57
10.41
4.59
10.15
Mead ('02)
15.34
11.37
5.16
11.30
Ramadori ('02)
22.00
14.47
7.31
15.22
Aimard ('04)
17.09
12.29
6.22
12.07
Hamelin II ('04)
15.34
10.13
5.13
11.36
Longobardi ('04)
16.14
11.44
4.41
12.06

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Original text copyright Scott Mortensen 2006