Raaff: Melodies Unheard

Raaff: Melodies Unheard
Title: Melodies Unheard
Label: Challenge Classics
Product Type: COMPACT DISCS

The Dutch composer Robin de Raaff has four symphonies to his name. Will de Raaff follow in the footsteps of tradition, or will he give the name, the form, a new meaning, a new direction? His symphonies have little to do with the classical concept. Of course, his love for composing was partly derived from the symphonies of composers such as Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and even Bernstein, but de Raaf 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, the individual and the crowd. He shies away from prescribed forms and developments, a recapitulated theme followed by various movements with different characters. The symphony, the orchestral apparatus sounding together, telling it's story for a period of at least twenty minutes, is what he took as his starting point. Working from there, this led to a reinterpretation of the symphonic form. 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.

Tracks:
1.1 De Raaff: Symphony No. 2 Two Worlds Colliding for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra - Movement I - Radio Kamer Filharmonie/Doelen Ensemble/Ràscher Saxophone Quartet
1.2 Symphony No. 2 Two Worlds Colliding Movement II - Radio Kamer Filharmonie/Doelen Ensemble/Ràscher Saxophone Quartet
1.3 Symphony No. 2 Two Worlds Colliding Transition-Movement III - Radio Kamer Filharmonie/Doelen Ensemble/Ràscher Saxophone Quartet
1.4 De Raaff: Symphony No. 1 Tanglewood Tales for Large Orchestra - Movement I (Untangled Tales) - Doelen Ensemble/Ràscher Saxophone Quartet/Orchestre de Picardie
1.5 Symphony No. 1 Tanglewood Tales - Movement II (Untangled Tales) - Doelen Ensemble/Ràscher Saxophone Quartet/Orchestre de Picardie
1.6 Symphony No. 1 Tanglewood Tales - Coda - Doelen Ensemble/Ràscher Saxophone Quartet/Orchestre de Picardie
1.7 De Raaff: Symphony No. 4 Melodies Unheard a Symphony of Songs for Soprano (Or Mezzo) and Orchestra on Poems By Emily Dickinson - I. How Still the Bells
1.8 Symphony No. 4 Melodies Unheard II. Orchestral Interlude
1.9 Symphony No. 4 Melodies Unheard III. Softened By Time's Consummate Plush
1.10 Symphony No. 4 Melodies Unheard IV. the Farthest Thunder
1.11 Symphony No. 4 Melodies Unheard V. the Nearest Dream Recedes, Unrealized
1.12 Symphony No. 4 Melodies Unheard? VI. the Soul Selects Her Own Society
1.13 Symphony No. 4 Melodies Unheard VII. Musicians Wrestle Everywhere

Raaff: Melodies Unheard

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