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I did not know he was ill. Sad news.
Rouse was a significant figure in contemporary classical music.
I have two excellent CDs conducted by Marin Alsop, one on Koch, the other on RCA.
His notable works also include the percussion piece Ku-Ka-Ilimoku, of which I have several recordings.
A few years ago a phenomenal live performance of Rouse's Oboe Concerto by Liang Wang with the NY Phil was posted in Symphony share. It's a terrific piece. See also http://nyphil.org/watch-listen/video/1314/christopher-rouse-on-oboe-concerto. As the Times reviewer wrote, "in Mr. Rouse’s concerto, the principal test for the soloist is to produce seemingly endless lines that float weightless over aural backgrounds that shimmer and sigh in summer-afternoon languor. This Mr. Wang handled sublimely, with ceaseless breath and immaculate intonation. He handled faster figurations with equal aplomb, and the Philharmonic’s collective wheels gripped the track truly in Mr. Rouse’s writhing odd-meter sprints." Rouse also wrote a Flute Concerto that is equally fine, a beautiful, mostly elegiac work that already has received at least three excellent recordings (Wincenc, Bryan, Bezaly).
I've been trying (so far unsuccessfully) to obtain an aircheck of the Combs/CSO/Eschenbach performance of Rouse's Clarinet Concerto from May 2001 (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-05-19/news/0105190135_1_quasi-tonal-musical-language-amiable). A work of completely different character, evidently. (I haven't heard it yet, although I know that Martin Fröst recorded it with Alan Gilbert for Bis.)
Five or six years ago we heard a live performance of Rouse's String Quartet #2, engagingly introduced by the composer and beautifully played by members of the NY Philharmonic. The Calder Quartet recording is excellent, and well worth acquiring.