GOULD: Pavanne. Souvenirs of Paris. On the Boulevard. Prologue and Drum Waltz. Sad Song. Royal Hunt. Holocaust Theme. Elegy. Interlude from "Festive Music." Formations: Suite for Marching Band. Concerto Grosso for 4 Solo Violins.
Jeffrey Silberschlag, trumpet; Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz, cond.
NAXOS 8559715 TT: 60:42
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DVORÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World." Heldenlied, Op. 111.
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orch/Andris Nelsons, cond.
BR KLASSICS 900116 TT: 64:17
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D'INDY: Symphony on a French Mountain Air, Op. 25. Prelude to Act I of Fervaal, Op. 40. Saugefieurie, Op. 21. Médée, Op. 47.
Louis Lortie, piano; Iceland Symphony Orch/Rumon Gamba, cond>
CHANDOS CHAN 10760 TT: 73:40
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PEREVERZEV: Overture. Businesss Trip. November. Partenit. Dialog. Post Office. Bathhouse. Smile. Pirogovka melodies. Everything Is Wrong. Koktchel. Kitchen. Can't Explain.
London Symphony Orch/Lee Reynolds, cond.
CLAUDIO CD 6017 TT: 57:07
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This superb Morton Gould collection recorded in 1994, originally issued on Delos (3166), now returns at modest price, a most welcome reissue. Gould (1913-1996) is a gem among American composers and wrote numerous light pieces that are imaginative and beautifully scored. Among his favorites are American Salute, Latin American Symphonette amd Symphonette No. 2. His ventures into more serious repertory produced Spirituals for Orchestra and Fall River Legend. This disk features delightful lighter works beginning with Gould's most famous work, Pavane which actually is the second movement of his Symphonette No. 2. Featured is the superb trumpet of Jeffrey Silberschlag, who also is heaard in a number of the other works. Schwarz and his fine orchestra are in top form, audio is rich and satisfying. A real charmer! Many fine recordings of music of Morton Gould have been covered on this site—see CD Index.

Yet another recording of Dvorák's most popular symphony (Arkivmusic lists well over 200 currently available), this new one perhaps is justified as it is conducted by a star on the conductor horizon, the dynamic Latvian Andris Nelsons who recently was appointed music director of the Boston Symphony. Now only 34, he is the youngest conductor of the BSO, and his tenure should be very productive and exciting indeed. The Dvorák symphony was recorded in 2010, the symphonic poem two years later. Superb performances, with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in top form. Stereo sound is outstanding in detail, and should you wish to get yet another recording of the symphony, this is among the best.

The Chandos series of music of Vincent D'Indy continues with this superb issue featuring the Symphony on a French Mountain Air for piano and orchestra. This site mentioned previous issues in this series, Symphony No. 2, Tableaux de Voyage and Karadec (REVIEW), and Jour d'été à la montagne, La Foret enchantée and Souvenirs (REVIEW). Louis Lortie is the sensitive pianist in the Symphony on a French Mountain Air. There are many fine recordinghs of this marvelous work including the recent Pristine Audio reissue of the Henriot-Schweitzer/BSO/Munch 1958 performance (REVIEW), and there is a SACD recording with Martin Helmchen and Marek Janowski leading the Suisse Romande Orchestra (REVIEW). Throught on the new Chandos issue, , Rumon Gamba misses none of the delicate orchestral textures of D'Indy's exquisite music. We are fortunate to have two relatively unknown masterpieces by D'Indy, a five-movement suite of incidental music for Médéa, and the four-movement legend Saugefieurie, the tragic love story of "a humble lonely, yet charming little fairy" that falls in love with the King's son, a doomed relatiopnship expressed in semi-Wagnerian style, with an appropriately vigorous hunting horn interlude. Chandos' engineering is wide-range, warm and pleasing. This is a remarkable series, highly recommended.

Last month this site mentioned a "discovery," a CD of music by a composer unknown to most listeners, Andrei Petrov, whose ballet score and two symphonic poems are unjustly neglected treasures (REVIEW). When I saw this new CD of another unknown composer (to me) I was optimistic, all for naught. Igor Pereverzev is a Ukrainian composer whose picture is on the CD cover but there is no information about his life and career. Supposedly these 13 pieces express the essence and soul of the Ukrainian people, but it all sounds like the Percy Faith of years past—light in character, tuneful with swirling strings, often with a gypsy flair, and very forgettable. Apparently Pereverzev's music was arranged for this recording by Lee Reynolds, who also conducts the London Symphony recorded in Abbey Road Studios in June of last year. Two pop singers are featured in the last track. Pleasant fare indeed for those in the mood for lighter music, and very well presented.

R.E.B. (May 2013)