View Full Version : Der Gerettete Alberich, By Christopher Rouse

January 18th, 2012, 07:13 PM
The distinguished American composer Christopher Rouse (1949-) has written a brilliant and outrageously clever orchestral work with a percussion soloist called Der Gerettete Alberich (Alberich Saved) ,based on music from the Ring .
The idea of this amazing programmatic piece is "what happens to Alberich after the Ring is over, and the Gods have been destroyed ?" Rouse quotes amply from Gotterdammerung ,combining Wagner with his own music .
The percussion soloist goes to town playing a wide variety of instruments, and the outrageous ending of the work features Alberich leading a halftime football band !
I heard a recording of this work not too long ago on th eOndine label, with Leif Segerstam, and experienced and respected Wagner conductor, and the Helsinki Philharmonic, with the famous percussionist Evelyn Glennie as soloist .
The work is brilliant, but unfortunately, unless you are familiar with the Riung, you can't appreciate all the in jokes !

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 19th, 2012, 12:42 AM
This sounds interesting. It is a question that always bothered me. Not too many people realize that Alberich is actually the character that survives. And he opens and closes the Ring. It's not for nothing that the piece is called *his* Ring.