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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #80 on: May 25, 2020, 03:31:09 PM »
Rouse was a very fine composer and I deeply miss his loss.  I so much wish he had composer another symphony.  Six feels incomplete, but seven feels like a cycle.  He was a fabulous man too.  Humorous and intellectual.  And I feel like I look like him in the age of corona with hair too long and a beard. 

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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #81 on: May 25, 2020, 04:13:30 PM »
Rouse was a very fine composer and I deeply miss his loss.  I so much wish he had composer another symphony.  Six feels incomplete, but seven feels like a cycle.  He was a fabulous man too.  Humorous and intellectual.  And I feel like I look like him in the age of corona with hair too long and a beard.

He was a composer of immense talent and, most of all, heart. Even when there’s a huge battery of percussion pounding away, I never felt this to be empty or simply orchestral gesturing of any kind. It actually meant something within the context of the piece. Yes, he seemed like a lovely man.
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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #82 on: October 07, 2020, 06:05:14 PM »
Rouse's 5th Symphony is out. This looks like a must-buy disc. Anyone heard it?

https://www.classicstoday.com/review/rousing-rouse-fifth-and-concerto-for-orchestra-on-naxos/
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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #83 on: October 08, 2020, 05:56:02 AM »
Rouse's 5th Symphony is out. This looks like a must-buy disc. Anyone heard it?

https://www.classicstoday.com/review/rousing-rouse-fifth-and-concerto-for-orchestra-on-naxos/

Yes, I heard it and enjoyed it.  Fine performances and really liked the Concerto for Orchestra as well.

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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #84 on: October 08, 2020, 06:05:47 AM »
Rouse's 5th Symphony is out. This looks like a must-buy disc. Anyone heard it?

https://www.classicstoday.com/review/rousing-rouse-fifth-and-concerto-for-orchestra-on-naxos/
I saw the live world premiere of the Fifth. I'd agree this is a must buy. The Fifth is very loosely inspired by Beethoven's Fifth - in that the opening motif is on the same rhythm and there's a scherzo which leads into the finale - but overall it's typically thrilling, combative Rouse. The finale contains the most bass drum I've ever heard in a work. Rouse came onstage afterwards and looked very frail; we could tell he was in his last years. He did apparently manage to complete a Sixth Symphony.

Streamed "Supplica" and it was everything that the symphony was not - quiet, tender, lyrical, much smaller orchestral force.

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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #85 on: October 08, 2020, 07:08:39 AM »
The Fifth is very loosely inspired by Beethoven's Fifth - in that the opening motif is on the same rhythm and there's a scherzo which leads into the finale - but overall it's typically thrilling, combative Rouse.

Interesting approach. He did a similar thing with the 3rd Symphony (based on Prokofiev's 2nd).

If you didn't know it was based on LvB 5, would you have guessed it?
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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #86 on: October 09, 2020, 03:12:52 AM »
He did apparently manage to complete a Sixth Symphony.

Yes, premiered October 2019 in Cincinnati. NYT review: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/20/arts/music/rouse-cincinnati-symphony-review.html

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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #87 on: October 10, 2020, 05:54:29 PM »
If you didn't know it was based on LvB 5, would you have guessed it?
The first few bars are quite obvious - but after that, the relationship is very abstract and not at all clear at the surface level. No quotes are anything like that.