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Christopher Rouse  

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Christopher Rouse, som tjente 2012-2015 som Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence hos New York Filharmonikerne, er en af i sin generations mest respekterede komponister, kendt for værker med impulsiv rytme, stærke farver og alsidighed i deres sammenførelse af traditionerne fra ­klassisk og populær musik. Han dimitterede fra Konservatoriet ved Oberlin College i 1971, og 25 år senere skænkede hans alma mater ham en æresdoktorgrad. Efter at have studeret privat hos George Crumb, gennemførte han sine kompo­niststudier hos Karel Husa og Robert Palmer ved Cornell Universitet, hvor han fik sin titel Doctor of Musical Arts i 1977. En anden stor indflydelse på hans udvikling var komponisten William Schuman, tidligere rektor på Juilliard School og medgrund­lægger af Lincoln Center.

Rouse blev underviser på Universitet i Michigan, Eastman School of Music og Juilliard School (hvor han har undervist siden 1997, på fuld tid siden 2002). I 1988 modtog han Kennedy Center Friedheim-prisen for sin 1. symfoni, og i 1993 vandt han Pulitzer-musikprisen for sin Koncert for Trækbasun, som blev skrevet som en del af bestillingerne til New York Filharmonikernes 150 års jubilæum. I 1993 blev han hædret med Ame­rican Academy of Arts and Letters’ musikpris, og akademiet valgte ham som medlem i 2002. I 2002 modtog Rouses guitarkoncert Concert de Gaudí en Grammy Award for bedste nutidige klassiske komposition. I 2009 blev han udnævnt til årets komponist af ­Musical America, som ved udnævnelsen specifikt omtalte hans evne til at komponere symfoniske værker.

Han har tjent som composer-in-residence for Indianapolis Symfoniorkester, Baltimore Symfoni­orkester og Pittsburgh Symfoniorkester og ved Santa Cecilia og Schleswig-Holstein festivalerne (i ­begge tilfælde inviteret af Leonard Bernstein), Tanglewood Festival, Pacific Music Festival og Aspen Music Festival. Selv om han har skrevet i flere forskellige genrer, er Rouse bedst kendt som orkester­komponist. Ud over hans 3. og 4. symfoni omfatter hans seneste arbejde Heimdall’s Trumpet, en koncert for trompet og orkester, som fik sin førsteopførelse i 2012 med Chicago Symfoni­orkester; Supplica, fremført af Pittsburgh Symfoniorkester i 2014; og Thunderstuck, et “koncert­åbningsværk”, først spillet i 2014 af New York Filharmonikerne.

James M. Keller, programnoteansvarlig, New York Filharmonikerne, The Leni and Peter May Chair

Koncerter

06/12/2016   NPR Music

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE: Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
BEST 50 ALBUMS OF 2016 "In addition to being a compulsively listenable album, this collection of symphonies and shorter works by one of America's leading composers captures a fruitful collaboration any leading orchestra could aspire to emulate."
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01/12/2016   Gramophone (R. Whitehouse)

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE: Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
CRITIC'S CHOICE "Excellent performances by the NYPO, in the sure highlight of their association with Dacapo"
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01/12/2016   Gramophone (D. Gutman)

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE: Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
CRITIC'S CHOICE "Rivalling the eloquence of Thomas Dausgaard's superb Seattle account of Mahler's 'Tenth', Alan Gilbert's New York Philharmonic collection of recent Christopher Rouse projects the differently anguished emotions of our own time."
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25/10/2016   The WholeNote

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
"This disc’s grand and unified vision is not to be missed."
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20/10/2016   Fanfare

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
"[..] one of America’s finest composers."
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10/10/2016   Classics Today

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
"This is, in all respects, an important disc of music by a very major composer."
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10/10/2016   BBC Music Magazine

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
4/5 Stars

"Each has striking moments and, as with the symphonies, it is hard to imagine more committed advocacy than from Gilbert and the NYPO."
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31/07/2016   San Francisco Chronicle

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
"[..]an ingenious, full-throated and often beautiful blend of traditional forms [..] that impression confirmed"
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29/07/2016   The Washington Post

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
"[..]Rouse broadens the sonic landscape with a large battery of instruments filled with more exotic colors."
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26/07/2016   Gramophone

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
[..] "No less persuasive is the advocacy of Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, heard to advantage in sound of clarity and depth." [..]
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20/07/2016   Classical Nowhere

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
"This recording has completely blown me away, done my head in, wiped me out [..] Endlessly turning and twisting, febrile at times, I’m amazed by ‘Odna Zhizn’. When it passes across into the tension and quiet of the final minutes, you have the fierce instinct that very powerful emotion is at work. Again, we seem to be looking out over great vistas, but not so much at complete destruction this time - there seems to be just the faintest fragile joy of a great love fighting still. Even in the quiet final minutes when despair seems like an undertow - there are sounds like twisted sirens in the background & the final notes are like a tinnitus ringing in our ears - there is survival."
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20/07/2016   Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
[..] "[These] works gives us a considerably revealing look at Rouse today, a true master of orchestration, a poetic magician of modernity, a most expressive and communicative crafter of sound brilliance. Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic capture all the brilliance with an ideal, soundfully exact and exciting set of performances." [..]
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01/06/2016   Classical Source

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
5/5 Stars

"So, a fantastic issue of great music, consummately performed."
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16/05/2016   Infodad.com

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
[..]"..very well played by the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert."
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Diskografi

Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
Christopher Rouse

CD 8.226110 (2016)


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