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|Record Label||RCA Red Seal|
Between 1965 and 1968 Morton Gould conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a handful of recordings for RCA Victor. In and out of the catalog for decades — mostly out — they have become the stuff of legend. Now, at last, Sony Classical brings them all together in a new 6-CD box set, The Chicago Symphony Recordings. New York City native Gould was a phenomenon: a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Grammy®-winning conductor, prolific arranger and prodigious pianist who achieved equal renown in classical and popular music. He was barely out of his teens when his compositions were being conducted by the likes of Stokowski, Toscanini and Mitropoulos. He wrote for the concert hall, movies, radio, TV and the Broadway stage, as well as ballets for Balanchine, Agnes de Mille and Jerome Roberts.
The Chicago Symphony Recordings reflects Morton Gould’s exceptionally wide musical affinities. There is American music, including Gould’s own masterpiece, Spirituals for Orchestra, along with Aaron Copland’s Dance Symphony, which surprisingly had never before been recorded by an American Orchestra. Also included in the 6-CD box set are Charles Ives’ First Symphony, which won the 1966 Grammy Award® for Classical Album of the Year, and Carl Nielsen’s Second Symphony and, joined by Benny Goodman, the Clarinet Concerto. The box set features facsimile LP sleeves and labels and full discographical notes with all of the music remastered from the original analogue tapes.
Morton Gould, Spirituals for Orchestra
Aaron Copland, Dance Symphony
Charles Ives, Variations on "America"
Charles Ives, Symphony No. 1 in D minor
Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question
1966 Grammy® Award, Album of the Year - Classical
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, No. 6: Waltz
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48: II. Waltz
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker, Op. 71, No. 13: Waltz of the Flowers
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker, Op. 71, No. 15: Final Waltz and Apotheosis
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake, Op. 20: Waltz
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake, Op. 20: Valse Bluette
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake, Op. 20: Waltz of the Swans
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: III. Waltz
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, No. 13: Waltz
Carl Nielsen, Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 57
Benny Goodman (clarinet)
Carl Nielsen, Symphony No. 2, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"
Fred Fisher, Chicago (Orchestrated by Morton Gould)
Benny Goodman (clarinet)
Charles Ives, Orchestral Set No. 2
Charles Ives, Three Places in New England: II. Putnam's Camp
Charles Ives, Robert Browning Overture
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Symphony No. 2, Op. 9 "Antar"
Nikolai Miaskovsky, Symphony No. 21 in F-sharp minor, Op. 51
Morton Gould (conductor)