MORTON GOULD (1913-1996): Concerto for Orchestra, American Symphonettes Nos. 2 & 3, Interplay (American Concertette No. 1) for Piano and Orchestra, Chorale and Fugue in Jazz.
Catalogue Number: 03L008
Reference: TROY 1174
Description: The biggest work here is the 1944 Concerto for Orchestra, written for the Cleveland Orchestra. It has the expected popular elements, a lyrical blues for the second movement and a wild, highly viruosic boogie-woogie infected finale. In a note to Gould Percy Grainger said it had "wild beauty". The 1934 Chorale and Fugue in Jazz which uses a large orchestra and two prominent pianos in a score of over 16 minutes which sounds like the music for one of those extended Hollywood spectacular dance sequences from movies of the 30s; this is its first-ever complete recording. The American Symphonette No. 3, like its better-known sibling from 1938, offers a slightly less hard-driven sequence of four movements. Findlay Cockrell (piano), Albany Symphony Orchestra; David Alan Miller.