Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Netherlands Radio Choir / Markus Stenz / Robin de Raaff

Atlantis

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917280821
Catnr: CC 72808
Release date: 06 November 2020
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Challenge Classics
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0608917280821
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CC 72808
Release date
06 November 2020
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Robin de Raaff completed Atlantis in the summer of 2016. The work is one that predominantly seems to progress from light to dark, with voice and instruments frequently melding into an overall sonority. That said, where the text is of major significance, De Raaff uses the voice as a lyrical element to let it soar above the orchestral timbres. To a large extent, Atlantis is based on "Atlantis", the final poem in Hart Crane's collection Bridges. Boulez, the last surviving giant of post-War modernism, passed away while De Raaff was working on Atlantis. "Boulez was the great proponent of modernism. The island that modernism actually was simply disappeared when he died. This is why I felt a homage would be appropriate." As De Raaff has the tonal focus descend more or less chromatically for each stanza, a feeling arises of a sinking movement. He also makes the feeling of sinking away below the mirror surface of the ocean musically understandable by using ever darker sounding instruments. The oratorio Atlantis is not just an argument for the use of contemporary vocal skills as an element of the entire history of music, but also and primarily a warning about stewardship of water and the future of our planet.
Atlantis is een complex en indrukwekkend oratorium van de toonaangevende Nederlandse componist Robin de Raaff. Een uitdaging voor het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest en Groot Omroepkoor, die hen onder leiding van dirigent Markus Stenz, wel is toevertrouwd. Het is een prachtige live-opname ter nagedachtenis aan de Franse componist Pierre Boulez, de laatste der modernisten.

Robin de Raaff rondde Atlantis in de zomer van 2016 af. Het is een werk dat voornamelijk van licht naar donker lijkt te bewegen, waarbij stem en instrumenten vaak samensmelten tot een volle klank. Daar waar de tekst van groot belang is, gebruikt De Raaff de stem als een lyrisch element. Het is alsof de stem zich verheft boven de orkestrale klanken.

Atlantis is grotendeels gebaseerd op ‘Atlantis’, het laatste gedicht van de verzameling Bridges van de Amerikaanse dichter Hart Crane. Pierre Boulez, de laatst overlevende grootheid van het naoorlogse modernisme, stierf terwijl De Raaff aan Atlantis werkte. "Boulez was de grote voorvechter van het modernisme. Het eiland dat modernisme eigenlijk was, verdween domweg toen hij stierf. Daarom vond ik een eerbetoon gepast."

Aangezien Robin de Raaff het tonale zwaartepunt voor elke strofe min of meer chromatisch laat dalen, ontstaat het gevoel of je zinkt. Door steeds donkerder klinkende instrumenten te gebruiken, maakt de componist dat zinkende gevoel onder het reflecterende zeeoppervlak muzikaal begrijpelijk. Het oratorium Atlantis is niet alleen een argument voor het gebruik van hedendaagse vocale vaardigheden als een element van de gehele muziekgeschiedenis, maar ook en vooral om ons te wijzen op onze verantwoordelijkheid voor het water en de toekomst van onze planeet.
Robin de Raaff stellte Atlantis im Sommer 2016 fertig. Es ist ein Werk, das überwiegend von Hell zu Dunkel zu schreiten scheint, wenn Stimme und Instrumente sich oft zu einem Gesamtklang mischen. Doch wo der Text von großer Bedeutung ist, setzt De Raaff die Stimme als lyrisches Element ein und lässt sie über den Orchestertimbres gleiten. Atlantis basiert zu einem großen Teil auf „Atlantis“, dem letzten Gedicht in Hart Cranes Sammlung Bridges. Boulez, der letzte überlebende Gigant der Nachkriegsmoderne, starb, während De Raaff an Atlantis arbeitete. „Boulez war der große Verfechter der Moderne. Die Insel, die die Moderne eigentlich darstellte, verschwand einfach, als er starb. Deshalb fand ich eine Hommage passend.“ Da De Raaff den tonalen Schwerpunkt für jede Strophe mehr oder weniger chromatisch absteigen lässt, kommt ein Gefühl von Sinken auf. Er macht das Gefühl, unter die spiegelnde Meeresoberfläche zu sinken, musikalisch verständlich, indem er immer dunkler klingende Instrumente verwendet. Das Oratorium Atlantis ist nicht nur ein Argument für der Gebrauch zeitgenössischer Stimmfertigkeiten als Element der gesamten Musikgeschichte, sondern auch und vor allem eine Warnung bezüglich der Verantwortlichkeit gegenüber der Gewässer und der Zukunft unserer Welt.

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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.

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01.
Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: Introduction
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: “Through the bound cable strands...”
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: Orchestral Interlude I, “And through that cordage...”
02:30
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: “Make thy love sure...”
02:57
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: “And on, obliquely up bright carrier bars...”
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: “O arching strands of song!”
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: “Like hails, farewells—up planet-sequined heights...”
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: “From gulfs unfolding, terrible of drums...”
01:14
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: “O Choir, translating time...”
04:40
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: “In single chrysalis the many twain...”
01:38
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: Orchestral Interlude II, “Swift peal of secular light...”
06:54
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: “Unspeakable Thou Bridge to Thee, O Love.”
04:39
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: “One Song, one Bridge of Fire!”
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Atlantis, Oratorio for soprano, bariton, 2 harps solo, large mixed choir, and large orchestra: Conclusion, “Soon, in one violent surge it was gone.”
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