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.