The English composer and conductor Gregory Rose (b. 1948) here presents a programme of some of his recent orchestral compositions, prefaced by a 90th-birthday tribute to Aaron Copland. Many of these pieces show the influence of Stravinsky in their angular melodies, brittle harmony, hieratic gestures and fondness for dance. Rose’s Violin Concerto, a single span of nine interlocking episodes, has a similar sense of implicit drama: it casts the soloist as the central character whom the instruments of the orchestra engage in dialogue as the work progresses.
Peter Sheppard Skærved, violin (Tracks 7-17, 23) Royal Ballet Sinfonia Gregory Rose, conductor
Red Planet (2014, rev. 2019) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0558/Track02.mp3
Violin Concerto (2017) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0558/Track07.mp3
Suite pour Cordes (2017) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0558/Track18.mp3
Seven Dances from Danse macabre (2011) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0558/Track23.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0558EAN/UPC: 5060113445582Release Date: 06.03.2020Composer: Gregory Rose Artists: Gregory Rose, Peter Sheppard Skærved, Royal Ballet Sinfonia
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“Although his prowess as a choral conductor has long been recognised (his performances with Singcircle of Stockhausen’s Stimmung resonate 35 years on), Gregory Rose had not received his due as a composer until the redoubtable Toccata Classics took up his cause. This third disc focuses on his orchestral output… . Anyone for whom imagination and pragmatism can coexist without compromise will find much to enjoy and intrigue here. … Sound and booklet notes leave nothing to be desired, making this an admirable follow-up to earlier Toccata releases and one that those new to Rose’s music certainly need to investigate.” —Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone (July 2020)
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