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Fall River Legend, Jekyll and Hyde Variations
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Nashville Symphony
James F. Neal, narrator
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Kenneth Schermerhorn

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Fall River Legend, like many ballet scores, is best known as a popular suite rather than in its full version. The 15 numbers of Gould’s score are effectively contrasted and neatly scored, and it’s easy to see their choreographic attractions... The Jekyll and Hyde Variations were written for Mitropoulos and the New York Philharmonic, and premiered in 1957. Mitropoulos asked for a serious work so Gould decided to go outside his accustomed territory and used a 12-note row... Gould said of the Variations: “If people say ‘What reflects Morton Gould the most?’ they would pick the more obvious pieces, American Salute and so forth. Yet I think this expresses me.” Gould was a complex character and the Variations reveal his inner conflict. Schermerhorn makes out the best case for both sides of Gould in this enterprising coupling.
Peter Dickinson, Gramophone, 2/1/2006

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