Three works by Christopher Rouse are highlighted on the BMG Classics/RCA Red Seal recording, "GORGON." The recording features the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as conducted by Marin Alsop, and a solo performance by Joseph Alessi on trombone (RCA Red Seal/BMG Classics 09026-68410-2), and earned a 'Diapason d'Or' award from the French magazine Diapason. Fanfare magazine voted it one their "best of the year" for 1997.
First up is Rouse's magnificent TROMBONE CONCERTO, winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The concerto, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for its 150th anniversary, was premiered in 1992 by the Philharmonic featuring Joseph Alessi on trombone. It is dedicated to the memory of Leonard Bernstein, who died around the time Rouse began working on the piece.
GORGON was commissioned by the Rochester Philharmonic in 1984, and is described by the composer as "a work of exorcistic rage, an attempt in music to heal by facing that which seems unfaceable." The Gorgons, in Greek mythology, were three monsters with women's bodies, and snakes for hair; the sight of Medusa, one of the Gorgons, could turn a person into stone.
Rouse calls ISCARIOT his most autobiographical piece, written "to purge certain emotional memories" from his system. Written in 1989 and premiered by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Adams, ISCARIOT seems like the musical antithesis of GORGON: reflective, and more like an unanswerable question than a declaration.
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