Artist Profile Series: Ralph van Raat

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313504039
  • Catalog Number: 8505040
  • Sales rank: 256,970

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Phrygian Gates, for piano - John Adams & Ralph van Raat (24:39)
    Composed byJohn Adams
  2. 2 American Berserk, for piano - John Adams & Ralph van Raat (6:06)
    Composed byJohn Adams
  3. 3 China Gates, for piano - John Adams & Ralph van Raat (5:13)
    Composed byJohn Adams
  4. 4 Hallelujah Junction, for 2 pianos - John Adams & Ralph van Raat (15:58)
    Composed byJohn Adams
Disc 2
  1. 1 The People United Will Never Be Defeated (El pueblo unido jamás será vencido), 36 Variations on a Chilean Song, for piano - Frederic Rzewski & Ralph van Raat (62:38)
    Composed byFrederic Rzewski
  2. 2 North American Ballads (4) for piano: No. 4. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues - Frederic Rzewski & Ralph van Raat (10:24)
    Composed byFrederic Rzewski
Disc 3
  1. 1 Zodiacs, for piano - John Tavener & Ralph van Raat (1:55)
    Composed byJohn Tavener
  2. 2 Ypakoë, suite for piano - John Tavener & Ralph van Raat (13:33)
    Composed byJohn Tavener
  3. 3 Palin, for piano - John Tavener & Ralph van Raat (8:43)
    Composed byJohn Tavener
  4. 4 Mandoodles, for piano - John Tavener & Ralph van Raat (4:54)
    Composed byJohn Tavener
  5. 5 Pratirupa, for piano - John Tavener & Ralph van Raat (29:42)
    Composed byJohn Tavener
  6. 6 In Memory of Cats, for piano - John Tavener & Ralph van Raat (2:07)
    Composed byJohn Tavener
Disc 4
  1. 1 Music for 2 pianos - Magnus Lindberg & Ralph van Raat (7:23)
    Composed byMagnus Lindberg
  2. 2 Klavierstück - Magnus Lindberg & Ralph van Raat (12:45)
    Composed byMagnus Lindberg
  3. 3–5 Pianostycke (3) - Magnus Lindberg & Ralph van Raat (4:14)
    Composed byMagnus Lindberg
    1. 3No. 1
    2. 4No. 2
    3. 5No. 3
  4. 6–8 Play I, for 2 pianos - Magnus Lindberg & Ralph van Raat (17:46)
    Composed byMagnus Lindberg
    1. 6Movement 1 - Routes 1 - Movement 2 - Prism 1 - Routes 2 - Movement 3
    2. 7Figures & Points - Mirrors - Figures & Points
    3. 8Movement 4 - Prism 2 - Routes 3 - Closure
  5. 9 Twine, for piano - Magnus Lindberg & Ralph van Raat (7:12)
    Composed byMagnus Lindberg
  6. 10–15 Jubilees, for piano - Magnus Lindberg & Ralph van Raat (15:35)
    Composed byMagnus Lindberg
    1. 10 Quarter note = 96
    2. 11 Quarter note = 64
    3. 12 Quarter note = 128
    4. 13 Dotted quarter note = 64
    5. 14 Quarter quarter note = 162
    6. 15 Half note = 64
  7. 16 Etude No. 1, for piano - Magnus Lindberg & Ralph van Raat (3:47)
    Composed byMagnus Lindberg
  8. 17 Etude No. 2, for piano - Magnus Lindberg & Ralph van Raat (3:37)
    Composed byMagnus Lindberg
Disc 5
  1. 1 Raymond Bisha interviews Ralph van Raat: On Takemitsu's "A Flock Descends into the Pentagon - Spoken Word & Klaus Heymann (4:33)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byRalph van Raat
  2. 2 A Flock Descends Into the Pentagonal Garden, for orchestra - Toru Takemitsu & Marin Alsop (13:34)
    Composed byToru Takemitsu
    Conducted byMarin Alsop
    Performed byMarin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  3. 3 Raymond Bisha interviews Ralph van Raat: On Ives's "Psalm 90" - Spoken Word & Klaus Heymann (1:49)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byRalph van Raat
  4. 4 Psalm 90, for chorus, bells & organ, S. 152 (K. 5C37) - Ives & Klaus Heymann (10:59)
    Composed byIves
    Conducted byJames Morrow
    Performed byJames Morrow, University of Texas Chamber Singers
  5. 5 Raymond Bisha interviews Ralph van Raat: On the second movement of Bolcom's Violin Sonata N - Spoken Word & Klaus Heymann (4:13)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byRalph van Raat
  6. 6 Sonata for violin & piano No. 2: 2. Brutal, fast - William Bolcom & Solomia Soroka (2:07)
    Composed byWilliam Bolcom
  7. 7 Raymond Bisha interviews Ralph van Raat: On Chick Corea's "Children's Song No. 11" - Spoken Word & Klaus Heymann (2:19)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byRalph van Raat
  8. 8 Children's Songs, for piano: Children's Song No. 11 - Chick Corea & Leon Bates (0:36)
    Composed byChick Corea
  9. 9 Children's Songs, for piano: Children's Song No. 17 - Chick Corea & Leon Bates (1:26)
    Composed byChick Corea
  10. 10 Children's Songs, for piano: Children's Song No. 20 - Chick Corea & Leon Bates (1:20)
    Composed byChick Corea
  11. 11 Raymond Bisha interviews Ralph van Raat: On Nancarrow's Toccata for Violin and Player Piano - Spoken Word & Klaus Heymann (1:25)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byRalph van Raat
  12. 12 Toccata for violin & player piano - Conlon Nancarrow & Mia Wu (1:31)
    Composed byConlon Nancarrow
  13. 13 Raymond Bisha interviews Ralph van Raat: On Messaien's "L'Ascension" - Spoken Word & Klaus Heymann (1:58)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byRalph van Raat
  14. 14 L' Ascension, 4 meditations for orchestra, I/12a: 1. Majesté du Christ demandent sa gloire à son Pèr - Olivier Messiaen & Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orch (5:34)
    Composed byOlivier Messiaen
    Conducted byAntoni Wit
    Performed byPolish Radio and Television National Symphony Orch, Antoni Wit
  15. 15 Raymond Bisha interviews Ralph van Raat: On Duruflé's "Chant Donne - Hommage à Jean Gallon" - Spoken Word & Klaus Heymann (1:43)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byRalph van Raat
  16. 16 Hommage à Jean Gallon ("Chant donné"), for organ - Maurice Duruflé & Klaus Heymann (1:50)
    Composed byMaurice Duruflé
  17. 17 Raymond Bisha interviews Ralph van Raat: On Rautavaara's "Apotheorsis" - Spoken Word & Klaus Heymann (2:45)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byRalph van Raat
  18. 18 Apotheosis (4th movement from the Symphony No.6), for orchestra - Einojuhani Rautavaara & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (7:48)
    Composed byEinojuhani Rautavaara
    Conducted byPietari Inkinen
    Performed byNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Pietari Inkinen
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A real bargain for fans of piano music by living composers

    For those looking to explore 20th/21st century piano music, this 5-disc set will be an economical place to start. Pianist and musicologist Ralph van Raat has recorded piano works of John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, and Sir John Tavener for the Naxos label. On the Adams and Lindberg discs, he has enlisted the help of fellow Dutch pianist Maarten van Veen for the 2-piano pieces.
    The 5th disc, exclusive to this set, blends snippets of an interview with the host of a weekly Naxos podcast, with works that influenced van Raat throughout his life. His comments on the music of Takemitsu, Ives, Bolcom, Chick Corea, Nancarrow, Messiaen, Durufle, and Rautavaara are insightful and articulate.
    I had already heard the Adams and Tavener discs before acquiring this set, and I continue to be impressed by the talent of this young pianist. The performances are at an expert level. I'll be very curious to see which composers he decides to record in the future, and which artists Naxos highlights in this series.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Modernist Poet of the Piano

    Despite a slumping music industry, Naxos continues to exhibit an admirable commitment to alt-classical composers and musicians. The debut of the label's "Artist Profile Series" is a case in point. It's a multi-disc box set featuring the phenomenal Dutch pianist Ralph van Raat, who is arguably the leading exponent of contemporary classical music on his chosen instrument. Van Raat is one of a select few musicians who combine dazzling technical virtuosity with a rare ability to connect with the emotional core lurking within even the most angular and dissonant compositions. Listening to him play, one never gets the impression of rote familiarity, but a sense that he's discovering the music for the first time. His mastery of texture, harmony and rhythm is nothing short of breathtaking. He intuitively knows when to be aggressive, and when to throttle back. And he plays with an astonishing and affecting lyricism that belies the notion that modern music is by definition inaccessible. Even as he interprets the most aggressive and complex modern composers, van Raat effortlessly conjures entry points for the most timid listeners. There are five discs in this box set, four devoted to individual-and individualistic-composers (John Adams, John Taverner, Frederic Rzewski and Magnus Lindberg), and a bonus disc that alternates interview excerpts with van Raat's interpretations of pieces by Toru Takemitsu, Charles Ives, William Bolcom, Olivier Messiaen, and several others. The Q&A snippets offer fascinating insights into the creative process, as van Raat reveals how certain pieces of music have actually changed him as a pianist. From Takemitsu's "A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden," for example, he heard new sound colors that caused him to rethink his approach to his instrument. "When you think of the piano, you think of black-and-white keys, and also, in a way, of black-and-white piano sounds. But this orchestration made me realize the enormous amount of colors that you could basically imitate on the piano....So from the moment I heard Takemitsu, I knew that that was something for me to strive for in my piano playing, to get all those gradations of color in my own playing." Whether discussing music or playing it, van Raat communicates an infectious enthusiasm, plus a deep-seated intellectual and emotional curiosity, that make him one of the most sensitive performers and proponents of alt-classical music today.

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