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Morphic Resonance
Chamber Music


Composer: Steve Rouse
Performed by: Indiana University New Music Ensemble
Label: Ravello Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 08 September 2017

Composer Steve Rouse constructs unique and indelible sound worlds on his album Morphic Resonance. The release is a revue of Rouse’s chamber music from the last two decades and beyond, and the works featured demonstrate Rouse’s ability to create compelling and idiosyncratic musical statements...

What I enjoyed most about this album was how you can clearly hear where Steve Rouse has shifted and changed his approach throughout the years. This is an album that you can't pin down; it moves and changes constantly morphing from one entity into another before your very ears.

Over the course of this album's 23 tracks (5 pieces - 1 hr, 10 min, 25 sec) Rouse experiments by pairing the clarinet with unlikely instruments including tambourine and snare drum in 'Ten Little Things'. Meanwhile, In 'Form Fades', for flute, clarinet, cello, violin, piano, and percussion, Rouse demonstrates his approach to ensemble writing. Scored for a notably disparate group of instruments, Rouse unites them, at first with a shared melody, throughout.

Even if you're not normally a fan of modern classical works you may just fall in love with Morphic Resonance.


Darren Rea

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