Rouse, Eötvös, Adolphe Premiered at NY Phil Biennial

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic during their June 5 Biennial concert. Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic during their June 5 Biennial concert. (Chris Lee)

"While I did have a particular meaning in mind when composing my Symphony No. 4, I prefer to keep it to myself. Some listeners may find the piece baffling but will nonetheless have to guess," said composer Christopher Rouse. His work was premiered by the New York Philharmonic as a part of its Biennial series on Thursday, June 5, along with works by Peter Eötvös and Julia Adolphe

Whether or not you find meaning in the piece, Rouse's emotionally-polarizing Symphony No. 4 remains a grand gesture in symphonic writing. The 2013-2014 season has been Rouse's second year as the Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence for the orchestra. 

Peter Eötvös, with whom Henri Dutilleux shared his 2011 Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, had his second violin concerto, DoReMi, performed in its New York premiere. Featuring violinist Midori Gotō, the piece is athletic and animated, passing through shifting moods and landscapes. 

Young composer Julia Adolphe also heard her work Dark Sands, Sifting Light premiered at the concert as a selection for the EarShot New Music Readings. New Yorker music critic Alex Ross called the piece "alive with invention." 

Julia Adolphe – Dark Sand, Sifting Light
Peter Eötvös  DoReMi
Christopher Rouse  Symphony No. 4

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Comments [1]

Mar from Babylon NY

Amazing ! As the sun burns off the morning dew on a window pane, a squirrel pops up her head, while the woman down the block walks her dog. It is impressionism, the city coming to life as it does every am. Well done Julia, don't move.

Jun. 26 2014 06:17 PM

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