Christopher Rouse, composer
Remarkably, Rouse made sure that the flute soloist soared above the orchestra at all times, and the BSO was careful never to overwhelm the soloist. The energetic second and contemporary jig fourth movements balanced the concerto perfectly, creating truly unique textures between the fluttering winds and flute soloist, among others combinations. Skala’s simply beautiful playing was exquisitely reinforced by the close coordination of her BSO colleagues. Rouse’s virtuosic music is remarkably listenable for modern audiences, who were highly receptive at both the National Symphony’s performance of his Second Symphony last January (some friends purchased a subscription because of the Rouse), and Saturday evening in Baltimore where the composer received a generous ovation.
Tim Smith, The BSO barrels through Beethoven (Baltimore Sun, March 8)
Mark J. Estren, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Washington Post, March 8)
BSO sells Rouse's flute (Washington Times, March 8)
The BSO’s new Dvořák CD is now for sale (review forthcoming), and the 2008-2009 season has just been announced.