Gould: Venice; Vivaldi Gallery - Seattle SO/Katims
KHCD-2012-083DL (STEREO) - Gould: Venice (Audiograph for Double Orchestra and Brass Choirs); Vivaldi Gallery (for Divided String Orchestra and String Quartet) - Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Milton Katims - These two works were commissioned for the Seattle Symphony by its Music Director at the time, Milton Katims, and given world premiere recordings by RCA in 1969. "Venice" uses two discreet orchestras to great effect, weaving in and out of themselves and creating a chiaroscuro effect throughout the piece. Brass choirs are used much in the same way as Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" to go from one scene to another, setting the mood for the next movement. "Vivaldi Gallery" utilizes a divided orchestra (ripieno) with a string quartet (concertino), and weaves familiar Vivaldi thematic material with some decidedly modern touches. Well recorded on a RCA new logo (1968) label, thick platter LP; Dynagroove ® is listed on the record sleeve, but not on the then-new RCA red with white lettering labels. A must-have for followers of Morton Gould; very enjoyable all around.