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Robert Benson, June 2013

This superb Morton Gould collection recorded in 1994…now returns at modest price, a most welcome reissue. Featured is the superb trumpet of Jeffrey Silberschlag…Schwarz and his fine orchestra are in top form, audio is rich and satisfying. A real charmer! © 2013 Read complete review

Glyn Pursglove
MusicWeb International, September 2012

Gould described the work [Concerto Grosso] as “a transformation of hoedown tunes”. The result is striking and satisfying, tuneful, rhythmically intriguing and unexpected, full of harmonic surprises. The outer movements are rapid and often—especially in the first movement—refreshingly astringent; the central movements are slower, the second tenderly lyrical with a long and attractive melodic line over a pizzicato accompaniment, the third a scherzo both wistful and playful. This is the undoubted highlight of the disc.

The only other complete work included is Formations Suite…Its eight short movements are full of invention, from a splendidly festive and fanfaric opening to the delightful lilt and rhythmic shifts of its final movement; in between Gould’s use of silence…is very effective, and everywhere the use of percussion is beautifully judged; Alma Mater has a pleasing dignity and Twirling Blues some sinuous phrasing and sophisticated harmonies. This is a thoroughly enjoyable piece…

…the Interlude from Festive Music, a three movement work written for the Tri-Cities Orchestra of Davenport, Iowa…what we have is Silberschlag playing a slow moving melody of great poignancy over the strings of the orchestra in a recreation of that distinctively American quality of loneliness…

It is an enjoyable…sampler of Gould…there’s plenty to be going on with here, plenty to enjoy. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2012

Even at the expense of sounding repetitious, Morton Gould remains one of most neglected American composers of the 20th century on the world stage. Maybe he never fitted conveniently into any easy catagorisation, for, like Malcolm Arnold in the UK, he divided his time between the popular market of film and television and his ‘serious’ output. This disc points an accusing finger at him, the highly enjoyable four movement Concerto Grosso for four violins and orchestra using material from an unperformed ballet project, Audubon, being a perfect marriage of a style passed down from the Baroque that now combines American folk music, often endowed with the vitality that must present many technical hurdles for all concerned. But then we move to his ‘bits and pieces’ with the rather inconsequential, Cinerama—the backdrop in the 1950’s to the new cinema projection technique; his pastiche for two American television programmes—World War I and Holocaust; the brief Interlude from Festive Music, and sandwiched between comes one of Gould’s best known melodies, the Pavanne from the second American Symphonette. Many feature Jeffrey Silberschlag’s brilliant trumpet playing, and he also joins the Seattle brass and percussion in the Formations Suite for Marching Band—bands being another of Gould’s many musical loves. The performances date back to 1994 and 1995 and have previously been released on Delos. It finds Gerard Schwarz and his Seattle musicians in outgoing form, and proverbially ‘letting their hair down’ in the discs many lighter moments. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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