'Danse Macabre' -
'... intense realism.'
In all truth, I hardly knew anything about Gregory Rose until this CD fell on my desk for review, but gathering from his short autobiographical note on the cover sleeve, and more so, from the music recorded, one can safely say that Rose is certainly one of the most prolific all round musicians still alive. Born in 1948, the composer started his studies of the violin and piano at a very early age, becoming a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral in 1956, following in the footsteps of his father Bernard, who was also a conductor, composer and teacher. Indeed, the young Gregory studied with his father at Magdalene College, Oxford, where the boy was an 'Academical Clerk' in the College Choir directed by the old man.
Rose started venturing on the compositional road during the late 1960s, and today has a substantial corpus of works to his credit...
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