Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Het Gelders Orkest / Residentie Orkest The Hague

Entangled Tales

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917274721
Catnr: CC 72747
Release date: 10 March 2017
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€ 19.95
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72747
Release date
10 March 2017

"I recommend the Entangled Tales CD for anyone wantlng an introduction to this signlficant 21st -century compositlonal voice."

The Whole Note, 01-2-2018

About the album

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. 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. For the occasion of its 125th anniversary in 2015, the Het Gelders Orkest asked Robin de Raaff to write a speci
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Op dit album zijn drie bijzondere werken van Robin de Raaff te horen; zijn Cello Concert, Entangled Tales en zijn Derde Symfonie. Over het Cello Concert verlelt celliste Marien van Stalen dat het concert een 'mirakel' is, zowel voor de luisteraar als de solist. 'De luisteraar wordt door onontgonnen terrein gesleepd. De instrumentatie is opvallend, zelfs voor een meester als Robin en voor de cellist is de partij zowel zeer innovatief als uitdagend wat betreft de speeltechniek. De premiere met Yannick [Nézet-Séguin] was als een feest, dat kun je horen. Nieuw werk onthult zijn geheimen vaak pas na veel luisteren, dus het is fantastisch dat er nu een opname van gemaakt is.'

Entangled Tales was geschreven in de zomer van 2007 voor het Boston Symphony Orchestra. Het werk bestaat uit meerdere lagen. Het is een continue variatie van kleine elementen: ritmes, korte melodieën, and alsmaar veranderende klanken in het rijke palet van een groot symfonie-orkest. Raaff twijfelt niet om voor een weelderige instrumentatie te kiezen die zowel binnen een impressionistische als een expressionistische sfeer past.

Ter gelegenheid van het 125-jarig jubileum van het Gelders Orkest was Robin de Raaff gevraagd om een speciaal werk te componeren. Het resultaat is een symfonie van drie delen waarin het thema 'donker en licht' centraal staat. Daar wordt naar verwezen met de titel Illumination...Eclipse. Deze woorden verwijzen niet een staat van zijn, maar naar beweging. Het gaat niet over donker en licht zijn, maar naar de verlichting en de verduistering.
Robin de Raaff wurde am 5. Dezember 1968 im niederländischen Breda geboren. Er wuchs in einer sehr musikalischen Familie auf, wo klassische wie Pop-Musik an der Tagesordnung waren. 1999 erhielt de Raaff das besondere Privileg, als George Benjamins einziger Kompositionsstudent am Royal College of Music in London zu arbeiten.

Marien van Staalen über das Cellokonzert: Dieses Cellokonzert ist ein Wunder, sowohl für den Hörer als auch für den Solisten. Der Hörer wird mitgerissen durch unerforschtes Terrain. Die Instrumentierung fällt auf – selbst für einen Meister wie Robin. Für einen Cellisten ist Robins Konzert aus technischer Sicht innovativ und herausfordernd. Die Premiere mit Yannick und dem Orchester war wie eine Feier – das kann man hören. Ein neues Werk enthüllt sein Geheimnis erst nach viel Hören, darum ist es phantastisch, dass diese Aufnahme gemacht wurde.

Entagled Tales: Im Sommer 2007 schrieb Robin de Raaff Entangled Tales für das Boston Symphony Orchestra. Das Stück ist aus verschiedenen Schichten aufgebaut. Es ist eine kontinuierliche Variation kleiner Elemente: Rhythmen, kurzen Melodien und sich beständig verändernden Klängen im reichhaltigen Tonspektrum eines großen Symphonieorchesters. Er zögert nicht, opulente Instrumentierung zu nutzen und in impressionistische und expressionistische Sphären vorzudringen.

Symphonie Nr.. 3: Anlässlich des 125. Jubiläums beauftragte Het Gelders Orkest Robin de Raaff 2015 mit einer besonderen Komposition. Das Ergebnis ist eine Symphonie in drei Sätzen, basierend auf dem Konzept von Hell und Dunkel, hier Illumination und Finsternis genannt. Diese Worte deuten nicht auf einen Zustand hin, sondern auf Bewegung. Es geht nicht nur um Stadien – hell und dunkel – sondern eben auch um die Bewegung: Erleuchtung und Verdunkelung.


Robin de Raaff was born on December 5, 1968 in Breda, the Netherlands. He was raised in a very musical family where classical music and popular music were part of his daily life. As a child he received weekly piano lessons from his father and practised daily. De Raaff discovered his own musical world through playing the bass guitar, which he taught himself to play. As a teenager, under the explosive influence of fretless bass guitar legend Jaco Pastorius, De Raaff switched to fretless bass guitar, introducing him to a new world of complex instrumental music, and ultimately Jazz.
But even more passionately, already as a young teenager, composing his own music was his most important musical expression. Starting with pop songs, with ever increasing instrumental parts, larger symphonic proportions were soon imposed which inevitably lead him towards the great classical composers. Inspired by this newly discovered music De Raaff developed a musical style for symphony orchestra installing the necessity to compose in full score. After enrolling as a composition student at the Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam, playing the bass guitar moved to the background, but his very broad musical interest would greatly influence his view on style in contemporary Classical music.
De Raaff first studied composition with Geert van Keulen and later with Theo Loevendie, with whom he graduated cum laude in 1997. In 1999 De Raaff had the special privilege of being invited to work as George Benjamin’s only composition student at the Royal College of Music in London where he also studied with Julian Anderson.

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.



I recommend the Entangled Tales CD for anyone wantlng an introduction to this signlficant 21st -century compositlonal voice.
The Whole Note, 01-2-2018

The fact that three major Dutch orchestra's put there forces together for an amazing Dutch composer deserves all credits.
Luister, 17-7-2017

Robin de Raaff: Remember this name, his third symphony is a masterpiece
Crescendo, 14-7-2017

This CD with works by the Dutch composer Robin de Raaff invites the listener to a cornucopia of new sound experiences which Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Neeme Järvi and Antonello Manacorda are eager to display committedly with their excellent orchestras. 
Pizzicato, 12-6-2017

Although the title of this album suggests, is a short title piece not the defining characteristics of the album.
Mania, 31-5-2017

The three pieces for the orchestra that Challenge Records has collected by composer Robin de Raaff on the Entangled Tales CD provides a beautiful steel chart the work of this particular composer.
Nieuwe Noten, 26-5-2017

Strange composer, Robin de Raaff (1968), one of the best we have; how is that possible, so complex but so accessible?
De Groene Amsterdammer, 10-5-2017

From the very first notes, De Raaff builds an intriguing soundtrack that delivers all her secrets, but intrigues immediately.
Mania, 21-4-2017

(...) The composer plays with the light-dark contrast into a four-part structure that begins to evolve into dark clouds, tangled layers and finally to complete dilution and solidification. (...)
De Volkskrant, 14-4-2017

(...) A miracle is a big word, but inspired workmanship, it certainly is.
NRC, 13-4-2017

(...) The music from Robin de Raaf doesn't let itself describe easily. (...)
Opus Klassiek, 14-3-2017

"(Laura) Aikin makes de Raaffs technically demanding music sound like childs play, mastered with a uncomparable naturalness and impressive ease.", 25-1-2016

" (...) It is an intelligent if not entirely successful attempt on a tempting but, perhaps in the end, a dramatically intractable subject. (...) "
The Guardian, 16-12-2015

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