American Classics - Gould: Fall River Legend, Etc

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Morton Gould was a very capable composer whose light music has overshadowed his more serious compositions. Despite the potential for humor latent in the title, the Jekyll and Hyde Variations are sober indeed, but they also live up to their billing in that they consist of an alternating, increasingly schizoid series of transformations of the quirky opening theme. Although hardly as melodically ingratiating as Fall River Legend, the piece is consistently absorbing and wonderfully well-scored, and really beautifully played by the Nashville Symphony under the late Kenneth Schermerhorn. Fall River Legend, here presented in its complete version (including the opening accusation against Lizzie Borden read by James F. Neal), is one of Gould's most popular pieces, and the full-length work is well worth hearing. The more familiar numbers from the suite, such as Cotillion and Church Social, have as much infectious lilt in this performance as in any other version, and Gould sustains the high quality of the musical invention throughout the ballet's 50-plus minutes. Warm, rich recorded sound completes an extremely appealing release that American music fans will not want to miss.

--David Hurwitz,

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 8559242

  • UPC: 636943924228

  • Label: Naxos

  • Composer: Morton Gould

  • Conductor: Kenneth Schermerhorn

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Orchestra

  • Performer: James F. Neal


  1. Fall River Legend

    Composer: Morton Gould

    Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: James F. Neal (Spoken Vocals)

    Conductor: Kenneth Schermerhorn

  2. Jekyll and Hyde Variations

    Composer: Morton Gould

    Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Kenneth Schermerhorn