Alan Gilbert Conducts Christopher Rouse

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The pair of Christopher Rouse recordings by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is notable in terms of exposing this American composer to the rest of the world. True, conductor Alan Gilbert is also American, but the commitment on the part of a high-end Swedish label that has chosen its repertory with great care shows that Rouse, the original orchestral neo-Romantic, has made the transition from iconoclasm to international recognition. Either of the BIS albums could serve as an introduction to this composer, who draws inspiration from the late German Romantics the "Symphony No. 1" on the present release is especially influenced by Bruckner and quotes that composer's...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The pair of Christopher Rouse recordings by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is notable in terms of exposing this American composer to the rest of the world. True, conductor Alan Gilbert is also American, but the commitment on the part of a high-end Swedish label that has chosen its repertory with great care shows that Rouse, the original orchestral neo-Romantic, has made the transition from iconoclasm to international recognition. Either of the BIS albums could serve as an introduction to this composer, who draws inspiration from the late German Romantics the "Symphony No. 1" on the present release is especially influenced by Bruckner and quotes that composer's music but somehow conveys a contemporary emotional landscape. The other release, containing the "Symphony No. 2" and the gigantic "Gorgon," with its massive battery of full-tilt percussion, may be the prime choice for those wishing to experience a team of crack engineers as it surmounts big challenges. But this album is equally good. The program is a balanced triptych, with the dark, carefully developed "Iscariot" Rouse in his notes merely says that beyond the usual connotation of the name the work is "privately autobiographical" and not biblically oriented and the "Symphony No. 1" framing the zippier if not lighter "Clarinet Concerto." That work, like the "Flute Concerto" on the other release, contains passages that push the soloist to the limit, and BIS' remarkable wind players spectacularly succeed in each case. Recommended for those interested in the pressing question of how to define the large symphony orchestra as a continuing institution. One wonders how the Berlin Philharmonic might do with Rouse, but really it's hard to imagine that they would substantively improve on this recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318590013861
  • Catalog Number: 1386
  • Sales rank: 94,248

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Iscariot, for chamber orchestra - Christopher Rouse & Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (15:40)
  2. 2 Clarinet Concerto - Christopher Rouse & Martin Fröst (19:33)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 1 - Christopher Rouse & Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (27:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Gilbert Primary Artist
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