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Gould: American Symphonette No. 2, Interplay, Concerto For Orchestra / Miller, Albany Symphony

Gould / Albany So / Miller
Release Date: 02/09/2010 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1174  
Composer:  Morton Gould
Conductor:  David Alan Miller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Morton Gould was an excellent, even courageous composer, continuing on his chosen path of writing intelligent, approachable music that appealed to serious and casual listeners alike without ever pandering. Of course, this is not how he was perceived by his more academically inclined colleagues, and as a result his works never received the serious attention that their high level of craftsmanship and compositional integrity surely merits. This marvellously played and recorded disc contains a happy mix of familiar and unfamiliar, or Gould's lighter fare along with some more serious work as well, beginning with the early but quite substantial Chorale and Fugue in Jazz, one of the best "fusion"
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The two American Symphonettes (the Second especially) are relatively well known, but Interplay, a miniature concerto for piano and orchestra, and the more substantial Concerto for Orchestra will be new to most listeners. Both are brilliantly written, and in the case of the latter, which postdates Bartók's famous example by just a few years, quite substantial. Gould's ebullient mix of popular music and more "serious" elements never come across as contrived, and his formal control is always impressive. No one sounds quite like him.

David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony Orchestra do the music proud, hitting the quick music's driving rhythms with appropriate panache while giving the lyrical elements their due. The orchestra's brass section does a particularly fine job, while the percussion (particularly in the Symphonettes) remains crisply detailed without ever overwhelming everyone else. This disc makes a perfect introduction to Gould's special sound world, and of course comprises a mandatory acquisition for the already converted. Either way, don't miss it.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
American Symphonette no 2 by Morton Gould
Conductor:  David Alan Miller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
2.
Concerto for Orchestra by Morton Gould
Conductor:  David Alan Miller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3.
Interplay by Morton Gould
Conductor:  David Alan Miller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
4.
American Symphonette no 3 by Morton Gould
Conductor:  David Alan Miller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
5.
Chorale and Fugue in Jazz by Morton Gould
Conductor:  David Alan Miller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

Featured Sound Samples

American Symphonette no 2: II. Pavane
Concerto for Orchestra: III. Fast

Sound Samples

Symphonette No. 2, "Second American Symphonette": I. Moderately fast (with vigor and bounce)
Symphonette No. 2, "Second American Symphonette": II. Pavane: Allegretto
Symphonette No. 2, "Second American Symphonette": III. Very fast - racy
Concerto for Orchestra: I. Moderately fast, with drive and vigor
Concerto for Orchestra: II. Slowly with stately lyricism
Concerto for Orchestra: III. Fast - with gusto
American Concertette No. 1, "Interplay": I. With drive and vigor
American Concertette No. 1, "Interplay": II. Gavotte: gaily - moderate bounce tempo
American Concertette No. 1, "Interplay": III. Blues: slow and relaxed
American Concertette No. 1, "Interplay": IV. Very fasy - with verve and gusto
Symphonette No. 3, "Third American Symphonette": I. Moderately fast
Symphonette No. 3, "Third American Symphonette": II. Intermezzo: slowly
Symphonette No. 3, "Third American Symphonette": III. Gavotte: bright tempo
Symphonette No. 3, "Third American Symphonette": IV. Finale: very fast
Chorale and Fugue in Jazz

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