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Trombone Concerto/Gorgon/Iscariot


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  • Audio CD (6 Dec. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PHCD167
  • ASIN: B000OZ0OT8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Trombone Concerto: Movement I11:07Album Only
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Listen  3. Trombone Concerto: Movement III11:42Album Only
Listen  4. Gorgon: I. Stheno 5:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gorgon: Perseus Spell I0:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gorgon: II. Euryale 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Gorgon: Perseus Spell II0:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gorgon: III. Medusa 5:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Iscariot (Studio)14:18Album Only

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jan. 2012
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This 1990s recording gives a decent overview of Rouse's musical style and development. Many critics differentiate his early works from his more recent works. They point out that the early works are more forceful and aggressive. From this evidence that is certainly true but in terms of any technical changes there is rather less of a shift - perhaps a subtle shift towards more tonally centred music in the "later" works.

The early work here is "Gorgon" from 1984. It is seventeen minutes of relentlessly aggressive music, easily out blasting the Rite of Spring. There are few let ups as Perseus slays the three gorgons with two percussion interludes to allow the listener to catch their breath (not that the first interlude is any let up at all). It may not be subtle and you're never going to hear it on Classic FM but this assault on the senses is impossible to ignore. Rouse lectured on Rock music and has taken some of those sensibilities into this work. Not for the more nervous listener but if you're prepared for the attack it is a remarkable piece. Whatever the inspiration I can imagine such a work being a great comfort to a young man who has been dumped by his uinfaithful girlfriend: I almost wish I was that young again just to enjoy that sense of released pent up rage even more.

The Pulitzer Prize winning Trombone Concerto of 1992 belongs to the "later" works. The trombone certainly isn't treated as acomedy instrument in this largely introspective work. Cast in three movements: slow - fast- slow; It begins in hushed and mournful manner before the central quick movement recalls "Gorgon's" agitation - there is a hint too, in the mainly brass supported sections, of Lutoslawski's raucous aleatory music as well.
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By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This 1990s recording gives a decent overview of Rouse's musical style and development. Many critics differentiate his early works from his more recent works. They point out that the early works are more forceful and aggressive. From this evidence that is certainly true but in terms of any technical changes there is rather less of a shift - perhaps a subtle shift towards more tonally centred music in the "later" works.

The early work here is "Gorgon" from 1984. It is seventeen minutes of relentlessly aggressive music, easily out blasting the Rite of Spring. There are few let ups as Perseus slays the three gorgons with two percussion interludes to allow the listener to catch their breath (not that the first interlude is any let up at all). It may not be subtle and you're never going to hear it on Classic FM but this assault on the senses is impossible to ignore. Rouse lectured on Rock music and has taken some of those sensibilities into this work. Not for the more nervous listener but if you're prepared for the attack it is a remarkable piece. Whatever the inspiration I can imagine such a work being a great comfort to a young man who has been dumped by his uinfaithful girlfriend: I almost wish I was that young again just to enjoy that sense of released pent up rage even more.

The Pulitzer Prize winning Trombone Concerto of 1992 belongs to the "later" works. The trombone certainly isn't treated as acomedy instrument in this largely introspective work. Cast in three movements: slow - fast- slow; It begins in hushed and mournful manner before the central quick movement recalls "Gorgon's" agitation - there is a hint too, in the mainly brass supported sections, of Lutoslawski's raucous aleatory music as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Sonic Blockbuster, Trombone Masterpiece 3 Sept. 2007
By Jeff Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the best collection available of the music of Christopher Rouse, one of the most audience-pleasing Americans writing today. It is a reissue of a deleted RCA release.

The Trombone Concerto won the Pulitzer Prize for its mastery of form and content--but it also speaks as a heartfelt tribute to the memory of Leonard Bernstein.

"Gorgon" is an astounding creation, one of the loudest pieces ever written, adding 75 percussion instruments to the full orchestra. Its frightening relentlessness will test the capacity of the best stereo system. Rouse does you blotto with the ostinato. Not for the squeamish; but for those who can take it, it may well prove to be the most exciting investment of a lifetime.

"Iscariot" is Rouse's take on the many facets of emotion engendered by jealousy, starting with the flash/burn of the initial discovery and continuing on with self-pity, anger and eventual reconcilation with emotional facts of life.

All three pieces are masterpieces, essential for the library of anyone who wishes to be familiar with trends in classical music over the last 25 years.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Review of Rouse Trombone Concerto 16 Dec. 2009
By Barry W. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The trombone concerto won the Pulitzer prize. I'm surprised that the
album info on Amazon doesn't note this.

Pounding percussion and brass -- loud and raucous. I love it, particularly
'Gorgon'1q. Modern but not dissonant. Highly recommended for
the adventurous 2oth century music listener. (It may be more violent than
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Loud 24 April 2013
By JRJoseph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Actually, for some reason I found this work interesting even though I did not like it, Go figure. I suppose it is old age creeping up on me.
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