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Gould: American Ballads/Foster Gallery/American Salute [CD]

Kuchar/Nat So of the Ukraine Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Theodore Kuchar
  • Composer: Morton Gould
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00004TQOY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. American Ballads: I. Star-Spangled OvertureUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 5:12£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. American Ballads: II. Amber WavesUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 7:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. American Ballads: III. JubiloUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 3:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. American Ballads: IV. MemorialsUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 7:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. American Ballads: V. Saratoga QuickstepUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 3:56£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. American Ballads: VI. HymnalUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 6:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Foster Gallery: I. Camptown RacesUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 2:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Foster Gallery: II. Come Where My Love Lies DreamingUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 3:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Foster Gallery: III. Canebreak JigUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 1:37£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Foster Gallery: IV. Swanee RiverUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 2:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Foster Gallery: V. Camptown VariationUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 1:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Foster Gallery: VI. Old Black Joe and My Old Kentucky HomeUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 5:32£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Foster Gallery: VII. Village Festival - Quadrilles And WaltzesUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 4:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Foster Gallery: VIII. Jeannie With The Light Brown HairUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 2:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Foster Gallery: IX. Camptown VariationUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 1:14£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Foster Gallery: X. Hymns: Where is Thy Spirit Mary and The Angels are Singing unto MeUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 3:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Foster Gallery: XI. Variation on Comrades, Fill No Glass for Me and Kitty BellUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 1:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Foster Gallery: XII. Camptown VariationUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 1:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Foster Gallery: XIII. Oh, Susanna (Finale)Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra 3:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. American SaluteUkraine National Symphony Orchestra 4:27£0.89  Buy MP3 

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CD Composer: Gould,Morton

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5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistable music, unbeatable at the price 12 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
Naxos "American Classics" has already given us several acclaimed releases by these artists. This one is easily the best so far in terms of performance and sonic quality. The Kiev orchestra are clearly having a field day, and what a splendid band they are ! It's hard to imagine this music being played better by the Boston Pops or New York Philly. The sound quality is every bit as good as you'd expect from a full-price CD by one of the big names.
Morton Gould was a precociously gifted composer, pianist, arranger, and director, who should probably rank right along with Bernstein and Previn. The music presented here is colorful and extrovert. Admittedly some of it would not go amiss behind a Tom and Jerry cartoon, but it's never less than entertaining.
The American Ballads are the most substantial fare here, having moments of Copland-like tenderness as well as quasi-symphonic grandeur, the magnificent final surge of the 'Hymnals' perhaps the best example. The rousing arrangement of 'Johnny comes marching home' in the American Salute is sure to bring the house down, although I don't care much for the exaggeratingly whipped-up tempo in the final pages.
All in all, this is an immensely enjoyable issue. It helps of course if you like Americana. But if you think you don't, perhaps this CD might just change your mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Americansky Salutsky 10 Oct 2000
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Morton Gould (1913-1996), that Dean of Americana, avoided banality by ruthlessly breaking up familiar tunes and making his presentation of them entirely developmental. Listen to what he does with "The Star Spangled Banner" in the first of the six "American Ballads" (1976). It is almost Ivesian in its effect of disintegrating the homely into something so dismembered as to be (as the Germans would say) ganz unheimlich. Like Virgil Thomson and Aaron Copland, Gould also wielded the knack of discovering fundamental motifs common to two or more traditional tunes. Thus, in the second of the "American Ballads," "Amber Waves," we hear fragments of "American the Beautiful" which sound identical to fragments of "The Star Spangled Banner." All sorts of weird instrumental effects pass by on display, like the strange flute-trills that seem to be razzing aspects of "America the Beautiful." The "Foster Gallery" is older by four decades. But even here, Gould is aware that he cannot simply serve up these salon-favorites with new harmonies; he everywhere disrupts and mocks - and eventually reasserts the original validity of - his material. The "American Salute," based on the Civil War song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," is less devious, more heart-on-its-sleeve, in manner, as befits a celebration of the return of victorious American soldiers from Europe and Asia. The National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine under Theodore Kuchar play this music as though they were Brooklyn-born and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This is a gem in Naxos' seris of American Classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performances of infectious music 19 May 2013
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Morton Gould was something of an interesting figure. He enjoyed a background in classical traditions, popular music, Broadway and jazz, and was an arranger and conductor as much as a composer. The music on the disc at hand presents his arrangements and compositions based on patriotic themes, folk music and the music of Stephen Foster, and many - if not most - of the tunes you hear on this disc will be familiar. What is striking is Gould's cleverness and ingenuity in arranging and orchestrating these themes, and the result is a spectacle of color, atmosphere and joy, an unforgettable if not particularly profound experience.

American Ballads comprises six sections, each based on patriotic themes that Gould treats with imagination and skill. Nothing profound here, but lots of brilliant fun - and despite the patriotic nature of the themes nothing comes across as banal (though the work is a paean to the American spirit and American culture in all its facets and certainly not an ironic work). Foster Gallery is based on a series of Foster's most familiar tunes, and once again it is a masterly creation. The short American Salute, based on Johnnie Comes Marching Home, is similarly brilliant, buoyant and glorious.

Throughout Gould's ability to color the themes is absolutely astonishing, and despite the familiarity of most of the thematic material everything comes across as fresh and spirited. This is, however, not the least due to the superb performances by what must be counted as a surprising source - the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine under Theodor Kuchar. You would never guess that the performers weren't steeped in American culture and spirit, however - everything about these performances is first-rate, and the Naxos sound quality is excellent. Strongly recommended.
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