MORTON GOULD (1913-1996): Symphonettes Nos. 2-4, Spirituals for Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 04V006
Description: The Symphonettes represent Gould’s best crossover work – No. 4 (1940) deriving its character from Latin-American dance forms to make it one of his most popular compositions. The first movement of No. 3 (c.1938) has been described as “a collection of dance band licks, full of bent notes and syncopations” and the central Pavanne of No. 2 (c.1935) with its bluesy trumpet motif is one of Gould’s biggest hits. Spirituals (1941) utilizes the strings as a choir, with antiphonal responses in the rest of the orchestra. ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Arthur Fagen.