ROY HARRIS (1898-1979): Symphony No. 11, DOUGLAS MOORE (1893-1969): Symphony No. 2 in A, MORTON GOULD (1913-1996): Cowboy Rhapsody, CECIL EFFINGER (1914-1990): Little Symphony No. 1, Op. 31.
Catalogue Number: 09K002
Reference: TROY 1042
Description: Like his famous Third, this is also in single-movement form and is the most emotional work on the disc. These were the days of inner-city riots, the Vietnam War and the counter-culture and Harris starts with an agitated piano and anguished trumpets as the 22-minute work follows a self-described plummet and climb from "restlessness, apprehension, fear, anger and hate" toward an ending full of "remorse, hope, expectation and realization of a more humane world". Moore's symphony dates from 1945 and is a classically-proportioned piece in four movements, elegant, cool and civil with a slightly more rough-edged, good-humored finale. Effinger's four-movement work from the same year lasts less than 14 minutes and is a modern equivalent of Classical Nachtmusik - an open-air entertainment full of melodic delights and an ingratiating intimacy. Gould's Rhapsody (1943) is a raucous, high-spirited (not to say rudely enthusiastic) work of 13 minutes which takes over a half-dozen cowboy songs, gets them drunk and plunders their virtue - it makes Don Gillis sound like a composer for velvet-upholstered salons. Sinfonia Varsovia; Ian Hobson.