CHRISTOPHER ROUSE: Odna Zhizn · Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms
31 December 2016
The Classical Review
Charles T. Downey
What a shame that Alan Gilbert will step down as music director of the New York Philharmonic next year. He has done extraordinary work programming new music during his tenure, including premiering three of the four new orchestral works on this disc dedicated to the symphonic renaissance of Christopher Rouse. The Baltimore-born composer wrote his first two symphonies in 1986 and 1994, not returning to the genre for more than twenty years. Both of these new symphonies mark Rouse’s supremacy among living American composers in terms of melodic invention and calculated use of the orchestra. He will premiere a Fifth Symphony with Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2017.