Rouse: Symphony No. 1, Phantasmata

Rouse: Symphony No. 1, Phantasmata

by David Zinman
     
 

Christopher Rouse is among a group of composers who moved on from the avant-garde of the 1970s to write in a more accessible manner, though without wholesale regression to older styles. Much of his music is designed to directly reach an audience through infectious rhythms, identifiable motifs, and brilliant orchestration. Rouse may be classed as a post-modernist --… See more details below

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Christopher Rouse is among a group of composers who moved on from the avant-garde of the 1970s to write in a more accessible manner, though without wholesale regression to older styles. Much of his music is designed to directly reach an audience through infectious rhythms, identifiable motifs, and brilliant orchestration. Rouse may be classed as a post-modernist -- even though he has expressed a degree of dissatisfaction with this term -- due to his wry detachment and his many cross-references to composers he admires. The eclecticism of his "Symphony No. 1" gives an impression of a composer sifting through his influences in search of new meanings in older material. This symphony may be powerful and sound genuinely tragic, but its sincerity is called into question by the pointed allusions to the symphonies of Shostakovich, Bruckner, and Mahler, which may strike some listeners as a bit too cunning and artificial. Less referential and more successful on its own terms, "Phantasmata" explores surreal, ghostly, and demonic visions, always with an eye toward entertainment. Rouse is at his best when he drives the orchestra to extremes, and "The Infernal Machine" and "Bump" are extraordinary showstoppers that give David Zinman and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ample opportunity to show off their chops.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
First Edition
UPC:
0809157000266
catalogNumber:
26

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  1. Symphony No. 1  - Christopher Rouse  - Christopher Rouse  -  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  - David Zinman  - Tim Newcomb  - Matthew Walters
  2. Phantasmata for orchestra  - Christopher Rouse  - Christopher Rouse  -  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  - David Zinman  - Tim Newcomb  - Matthew Walters

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