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American Classics - Gould: Fall River Legend, Etc

Release Date: 11/15/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559242   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Morton Gould
Performer:  James F. Neal
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Morton Gould was a very capable composer whose light music has overshadowed his more serious compositions. Despite the potential for humor latent in the title, the Jekyll and Hyde Variations are sober indeed, but they also live up to their billing in that they consist of an alternating, increasingly schizoid series of transformations of the quirky opening theme. Although hardly as melodically ingratiating as Fall River Legend, the piece is consistently absorbing and wonderfully well-scored, and really beautifully played by the Nashville Symphony under the late Kenneth Schermerhorn. Fall River Legend, here presented in its complete version (including the opening accusation against Lizzie Borden read by James F. Neal), is one of Gould's most Read more popular pieces, and the full-length work is well worth hearing. The more familiar numbers from the suite, such as Cotillion and Church Social, have as much infectious lilt in this performance as in any other version, and Gould sustains the high quality of the musical invention throughout the ballet's 50-plus minutes. Warm, rich recorded sound completes an extremely appealing release that American music fans will not want to miss.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Fall River Legend by Morton Gould
Performer:  James F. Neal (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
Jekyll and Hyde Variations by Morton Gould
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; New York City 

Sound Samples

Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Theme
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 1
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 2
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 3
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 4
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 5
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 6
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 7
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 8
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 9
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 10
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 11
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 12
Jekyll and Hyde Variations: Variation 13
Fall River Legend: Prologue
Fall River Legend: Waltzes
Fall River Legend: Elegy
Fall River Legend: Interlude
Fall River Legend: Dirge
Fall River Legend: Lullaby
Fall River Legend: Serenade
Fall River Legend: Axe
Fall River Legend: Invitation to Church Social
Fall River Legend: Church Social
Fall River Legend: Hymnal Variations
Fall River Legend: Cotillion
Fall River Legend: Cotillion Coda
Fall River Legend: Death Dance
Fall River Legend: Mob Scene
Fall River Legend: Epilogue

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