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Morton Gould: The Complete Chicago Symphony Recordings


Release Date: 02/26/2016 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 512070   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Morton GouldAaron CoplandNikolay MyaskovskyNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,   ... 
Performer:  Benny Goodman
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Despite the short playing times, these six discs offer a full measure of listening pleasure. Morton Gould was an immensely gifted composer, conductor, and all-around musician. He remains grossly underrated today. The reasons for this are various. In the fifties his concert music was vigorously promoted by Dimitri Mitropoulos, which naturally meant that Leonard Bernstein would ignore it. Both he and Aaron Copland had some very catty things to say about Gould’s excellent recordings of Copland’s music. Gould recorded for RCA, and so did both Bernstein and Copland, briefly, before joining Columbia. There was definitely some competitive stuff going on there, and we all know who the winners were, at least in terms of popularity.

Read more Gould’s Chicago recordings have all turned out to be classics in one way or another, especially for his pioneering promotion of obscure American music. This set contains Gould’s own marvelous Spirituals for Orchestra (sound clip), Copland’s Dance Symphony, and still stupendous-sounding versions of Ives’ First Symphony (it won a Grammy), Second Orchestral Set, Putnam’s Camp, The Unanswered Question, and the Robert Browning Overture. His Nielsen Second Symphony remains one of the best–amazingly vital and impulsive–and if the Clarinet Concerto with Benny Goodman may not be the finest, it doubtless introduced many listeners to a (then) unknown masterpiece.

On the “pops” side, Gould offers a very entertaining disc of Tchaikovsky waltzes (including the third movement of the Fifth Symphony), and the last disc remains Russian with Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Antar” Symphony and Miaskovsky’s still barely known 21st. It’s all brilliantly played and very vividly recorded. There’s also a little two minute encore in the form of Gould’s own arrangement of Fred Fisher’s “Chicago.” It was enterprising of RCA to make all of this non-standard material available once again. Collector should jump at the opportunity while they can.

– ClassicsToday (David Hurwitz) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Spirituals for Orchestra by Morton Gould
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
2.
Dance Symphony by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
3.
Symphony no 21 in F sharp minor, Op. 51 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USSR 
4.
Symphony no 2, Op. 9 "Antar" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1875; Russia 
5.
Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1902; Denmark 
6.
Concerto for Clarinet, FS 129/Op. 57 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Benny Goodman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Denmark 
7.
Symphony no 2 by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900-1902; USA 
8.
Symphony no 1 by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895-1898; USA 
9.
Robert Browning Overture by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1912; USA 
10.
First Orchestral Set "Three Places in New England" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1912-1921; USA 
11.
Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64: 3rd movement, Waltz by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
12.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 2, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
13.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 13, Act 2 - Danses des cygnes by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
14.
Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
15.
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48: 2nd movement, Waltz by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
16.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 15, Act 2 - Final Waltz and Apotheosis by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
17.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 13, Act 2 - Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
18.
Swan Lake, Op. 20, Act 4: Valse bluette (Waltz of the White and Black Swans), arr. Drigo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
19.
Contemplations (2): no 1, The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; USA 

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