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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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« 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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« 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.

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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #88 on: January 23, 2021, 11:06:13 AM »

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

I get to hear this piece tonight with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as a livestream event as part of the Winnipeg New Music Festival.

Will be my introduction to the music of Rouse.

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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #89 on: June 02, 2021, 03:32:13 AM »
I get to hear this piece tonight with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as a livestream event as part of the Winnipeg New Music Festival.

Will be my introduction to the music of Rouse.

Hey, Ray, how was the performance of Supplica?

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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #90 on: June 02, 2021, 03:49:45 AM »
Hey, Ray, how was the performance of Supplica?

Hi Greg!

It really was terrific. I was very impressed with the work!

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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #91 on: June 02, 2021, 09:48:10 AM »
Hi Greg!

It really was terrific. I was very impressed with the work!

That's great, Ray. I haven't read through this thread so I'm sure you've probably received a good amount of Rouse recommendations here, but my top choice is always the Flute Concerto. Not only is it an amazing work, but I think it is the epitome of Rouse's musical style. There are moments of lyrical serenity similar to Supplica, and also the more thornier, and heavier side of his music. A perfect mix of Rouse's sound.

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Re: Christopher Rouse
« Reply #92 on: June 02, 2021, 06:08:32 PM »
That's great, Ray. I haven't read through this thread so I'm sure you've probably received a good amount of Rouse recommendations here, but my top choice is always the Flute Concerto. Not only is it an amazing work, but I think it is the epitome of Rouse's musical style. There are moments of lyrical serenity similar to Supplica, and also the more thornier, and heavier side of his music. A perfect mix of Rouse's sound.

I can only agree about the Flute Concerto --- it’s a gem.
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