Raaff - Melodies Unheard: Symphonies 1, 2 & 4 | Challenge Classics CC72762

Raaff - Melodies Unheard: Symphonies 1, 2 & 4

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Label: Challenge Classics

Cat No: CC72762

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 4th May 2018

Contents

Artists

Sophia Burgos (soprano)
Rascher Saxophone Quartet
Doelen Ensemble
Radio Kamer Filharmonie
Orchestre de Picardie
Het Gelders Orkest

Conductors

Emilio Pomarico
Arie van Beek
Antonello Manacorda

Works

Raaff, Robin de

Symphony no.1 'Tanglewood Tales'
Symphony no.2 'Two worlds colliding'
Symphony no.4 'Melodies unheard'

Artists

Sophia Burgos (soprano)
Rascher Saxophone Quartet
Doelen Ensemble
Radio Kamer Filharmonie
Orchestre de Picardie
Het Gelders Orkest

Conductors

Emilio Pomarico
Arie van Beek
Antonello Manacorda

About

Live recording of Robin de Raaff’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 4 performed by soprano Sophia Burgos, Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Orchestre de Picardie, Het Gelders Orkest, Doelen Ensemble and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet.

This is the third release by Challenge Classics devoted to the Dutch composer Robin de Raaff, whose orchestral and operatic output has been progressively drawing the attention of the musical world. De Raaff’s love for composing was partly derived from the symphonies of composers such as Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and even Bernstein, but De Raaff is too much of a constructivist to write a symphony in the classical sense of the word.

De Raaff became more and more convinced there was something to be gained in the concertante form, the orchestra and the soloist. He shies away from prescribed forms and developments, a recapitulated theme followed by various movements with different characters. De Raaff’s Second and Fourth Symphonies are the result of a reinterpretation of works for a soloist or soloist group with accompaniment. They are a revision of the material, reminiscent of the way in which Pierre Boulez let Incises for piano grow into Sur incises for ensemble and how Luciano Berio recomposed a number of his Sequenzas into Chemins.

De Raaff is currently the Coordinator of the Composition Department at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music (Codarts) where he has been a Professor of Composition and Orchestration since 2001.

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