The three Rouse scores here are not programmatic, but they are loaded. They are about something, although it is not always easy to put one's finger on exactly what it is they are about. The frightening Gorgon and the unanswerable Iscariot have provocative titles. The elegiac Trombone Concerto comes with a loaded musical quotation, the "credo" theme from Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony. The Trombone Concerto has received great acclaim being the winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
"....among the most intriguing orchestral music now being written" --The New York Times
"One of the few whose music will last" --John Adams
"When the music history of the late 20th century is written, I expect the explosive and passionate music of Rouse will loom large" --The Baltimore Sun