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American Ballads/American Salu

National Symphony of Ukraine , Gould Audio CD
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1. American Ballads: I. Star-Spangled Ov
2. American Ballads: II. Amber Waves
3. American Ballads: III. Jubilo
4. American Ballads: IV. Memorials
5. American Ballads: V. Saratoga Quickstep
6. American Ballads: VI. Hymnal
7. Foster Gallery: I. Camptown Races
8. Foster Gallery: II. Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming
9. Foster Gallery: III. Canebreak Jig
10. Foster Gallery: IV. Swanee River
11. Foster Gallery: V. Camptown Var
12. Foster Gallery: VI. Old Black Joe/My Old Kentucky Home
13. Foster Gallery: VII. Village Festival - Quadrilles And Waltzes
14. Foster Gallery: VIII. Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair
15. Foster Gallery: IX. Camptown Var
16. Foster Gallery: X. Hymns: Where Is Thy Spirit Mary/The Angels Are Singing Unto Me
17. Foster Gallery: XI. Var On Comrades/Fill No Glass For Me/Kitty Bell
18. Foster Gallery: XII. Camptown Var
19. Foster Gallery: XIII. Oh, Susanna (Finale)
20. American Salute

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4.0 out of 5 stars Americansky Salutsky Oct. 9 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Americansky Salutsky Oct. 9 2000
By Thomas F. Bertonneau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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 May 19 2013
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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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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