Few contemporary artists have been as significant as Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY Award winner Christopher Rouse, whose imaginative approach made him one of the most frequently performed composers during his lifetime. The Concerto for Orchestra is a ‘hyper-concerto’ that gives each player a chance to shine, while the mournful intimacy and passion of Supplica unfolds somewhat like the slow movement of a Bruckner or Mahler symphony. Rouse’s Fifth Symphony fondly recalls Beethoven’s mighty Fifth but blurs the lines between tradition and modernity, transporting the listener from turbulence to serenity.
Champions of new American music, the Nashville Symphony and its music director Giancarlo Guerrero have premiered numerous works and received 13 GRAMMY Awards, including two for Best Orchestral Performance.
This video features a conversation we had with Christopher Rouse in April 2019, the same week that the Nashville Symphony recorded 'Supplica' and 'Concerto for Orchestra', including audio snippets of the studio album.