Christopher Rouse - Selections
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- Released: November 23, 2000
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: Phoenix
- 1.Ku-Ka-Ilimoku for percussion
- 2.dolorosoConcerto Per Corde: Adagio
- 3.Concerto Per Corde: Allegro molto
- 4.lamentosoConcerto Per Corde: Largo
- 5.Rotae Passionis (Passion Wheels): Circuitus Lamentationis - Dolor in Horto
- 6.Rotae Passionis (Passion Wheels): Rotae Passionis
- 7.Rotae Passionis (Passion Wheels): Rota Parallela - Christus in Somno
- 8.Ogoun Badagris for percussion
A wildly inventive orchestrator, Christopher Rouse has been notably creative in his writing for percussion. Many of the most poignant statements in his orchestral and ensemble pieces are expressed through percussion. He has written a number of popular, highly-acclaimed works for percussion ensemble, including Bonham (in homage to the late John Bonham of Led Zeppelin fame), and the present Ku-Ka-Ilimoku and Ogoun Badagris.
Largely based on his String Quartet No.2 (1988), Christopher Rouse's Concerto per Corde (1990) is much more than a transcription of the earlier work. A significant amount of re-writing went into the Concerto, especially in the second and third movements. The Concerto retains much of the Quartet's Russian flavor, particularly its bow to composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
Rotae Passionis; a commission from the Boston Musica Viva, was completed and first performed in 1983. It is scored for seven players: flute (doubling piccolo and alto flute), clarinet (doubling E-flat and bass clarinets), percussion, piano, violin, viola and cello. The work is a veritable compendium of extended playing techniques, requiring the utmost in virtuosity from the performers. Additionally, the wind players and pianist play various percussion instruments. For purposes of this recording a second percussionist was employed to fulfill these added roles.