About the album
Marien van Staalen on the Cello Concerto: This cello concerto is a miracle, both for the listener and for the soloist. The listener is swept along through unexplored terrain. The instrumentation stands out – even for a master like Robin. For a cello, Robin’s concerto is innovative and challenging from a technical point of view. The premiere with Yannick and the orchestra was like a celebration – you can hear it. New work only reveals its secrets after a lot of listening, so it is fantastic that this recording is being made.
Entagled Tales: In the summer of 2007, Robin de Raaff wrote Entangled Tales for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Entangled Tales is built up of several layers. It is a continual variation of small elements: rhythms, brief melodies, and ever-changing sounds in the rich palette of a large symphony orchestra. He does not hesitate to use an opulent instrumentation in impressionist and expressionist sphere.
Symphony no. 3: For the occasion of its 125th anniversary in 2015, the Het Gelders Orkest asked Robin de Raaff to write a special composition. The result is a symphony of three movements on the concepts of light and dark, referred to as illumination and eclipse. These words do not point to a state of being, but to motion. It is not just about states – light and dark – but also about motion: illumination and eclipse.
11Cello Concerto I
12Cello Concerto II
13Cello Concerto III
14Cello Concerto IV
15Cello Concerto Coda
16Entangled Tales, for large orchestra
17Symphony No. 3 “Illumination...Eclipse”, for large orchestra I
18Symphony No. 3 “Illumination...Eclipse”, for large orchestra II
19Symphony No. 3 “Illumination...Eclipse”, for large orchestra III
110Symphony No. 3 “Illumination...Eclipse”, for large orchestra IV