“Gregory Rose: Orchestral Works”
7 Dances from "Danse macabre",
Birthday Ode for Aaron Copland,
Suite pour cordes,
Violin Concerto No. 1.
Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin).
Royal Ballet Sinfonia – Gregory Rose.
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. Roses 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.