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1. 	Seeing 00:31:31

Kabir Padavali
2.   No. 1. Bijak shabda 69 00:06:16
3.   No. 2. Tagore 50 00:04:04
4.   No. 3. Bijak sabda 55 00:03:24
5.   No. 4. Bijak sabda 4 00:05:46
6.   No. 5. Tagore 92 00:02:56
7.   No. 6. Tagore 97 00:09:39 

Talise Trevigne - soprano
Orion Weiss - piano
Albany Symphony
David Alan Miller - conductor


Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a GRAMMY® Award, Christopher Rouse is one of America’s most prominent composers of orchestral music, creating a body of work perhaps unequalled in its emotional intensity. Conceived from the start as differing from a traditional piano concerto, Seeing brings together seemingly disparate elements to explore the notion of ‘sanity’ through the music of Robert Schumann and Skip Spence, swinging between extremes of consonance and dissonance, stability and instability, to create a disorientating and hallucinatory work seen through the lens of mental illness. Kabir Padavali or ‘Kabir Songbook’ presents a range of the great Indian poet’s religious concerns, from extraordinarily beautiful ecstasy to impishly humorous allegories.


Christopher Rouse is often regarded as an eclectic composer because he has employed multiple styles, musical references, and extended techniques in his music, though they are always used to express underlying emotions and ideas. Seeing (1998) is Rouse's free-form piano concerto, inspired by the Piano Concerto in A minor of Robert Schumann and the psychedelic song "Seeing" by Moby Grape guitarist Skip Spence. The collisions of quotations and original material result in a dizzying, hallucinatory study of the conflicts between sanity and mental illness (both Schumann and Spence were institutionalized for psychosis), and the nature of visionary creativity. Pianist Orion Weiss is the soloist, backed by David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony, and they play with incredible precision and focused energy, despite the chaotic and frenetic impression the score makes. Balanced against this turbulent work is Rouse's collection of songs for soprano and orchestra, Kabir Padavali (1998), a setting of six poems by the Indian poet Kabir. In contrast with Seeing, the songs are, for the most part, poignantly lyrical and contemplative, reflecting on the topics of music, love, and spirituality that Kabir's poetry explores. Soprano Talise Trevigne displays a wide range of emotions, from hushed wonder to religious rapture, and the orchestra gives her atmospheric and powerful accompaniment. These world premiere recordings offer polished performances and full orchestral sound, making this a great CD to introduce Rouse's thought-provoking music to new listeners. Highly recommended. ---Blair Sanderson, AllMusic Review

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Christopher Rouse: Trombone Concerto - Gorgon - Iscariot (1997) Christopher Rouse: Trombone Concerto - Gorgon - Iscariot (1997)

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Trombone Concerto	(29:50)
1 	Movement I 	11:07
2 	Movement II 	70:07
3 	Movement III 	11:35
Gorgon 	(17:16)
4 	I. Stheno 	5:37
5 	Perseus Spell 1 	0:44
6 	II. Euryale 	4:58
7 	Perseus Spell 2 	0:47
8 	III. Medusa 	5:13

9 	Iscariot 	14:18

Trombone – Joseph Alessi
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Conductor – Marin Alsop 


Among contemporary composers of orchestral music, Christopher Rouse is a prominent figure, noted for his extremely virtuosic scores as well as for his dark subject matter. Such fantastic -- some might say nightmarish -- pieces as the ultra-violent Gorgon (1984) and the enigmatic Iscariot (1989) are true to form in their evocation of mythology or religion, and even the elegiac Trombone Concerto (1991) has its suggestions of otherworldly things, particularly in its quotation of Leonard Bernstein's "Kaddish" Symphony and the haunting, dirge-like adaptation of the folk song Tsintskaro at the opening of the third movement. Yet Rouse's music is much more than its allusions, however meaningful, and it's possible to enjoy these works for their raw power and ethereal beauty without knowing anything about their references. The Trombone Concerto is a tour de force for the instrument, particularly in the ferociously fast second movement, and Gorgon is relentless in its savage rhythms and terrifying drive; the outer movements of the concerto and Iscariot provide some of the most profound and moving music Rouse has ever produced. Trombonist Joseph Alessi and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, directed by Marin Alsop, deliver exciting and technically impeccable performances on this 2007 reissue from Phoenix USA, and the sound quality is exceptionally clear and focused, even in passages where the music is soft and intentionally blurred for effect. ---Blair Sanderson,

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