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Joachim Raff: Symphony No. 2; Four Shakespeare Preludes / Jarvi

Album Summary

>Raff, Joachim : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op.140
>Raff, Joachim : Overture to Der Sturm (The Tempest), for orchestra
>Raff, Joachim : Overture to Macbeth
>Raff, Joachim : Romeo and Juliet Overture, for orchestra
>Raff, Joachim : Overture to Othello, for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This disc marks the beginning of a new series, dedicated to the engaging, albeit neglected, orchestral works of the German-Swiss composer Joachim Raff - one of the most widely performed and influential musicians of his day. The survey starts with Symphony No. 2 and the orchestral preludes to four plays by Shakespeare: The Tempest, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Othello, all idiomatically performed by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by its new Artistic and Music Director, Neeme Järvi.

The Guardian, 21st February 2013
JSrvi's fleet performance [of the Symphony] avoids portentousness, but never makes the music seem convincingly memorable. The Four Shakespeare Preludes, concert overtures in effect, are much more interesting...brilliant showpieces, which really ought to be heard more regularly in the concert hall.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Once again Neeme Jarvi shows he knows just what this music is about, and he gets excellent playing from his men. This well-filled and sonorously recorded repast makes an excellent first installment in Jarvi's Raff cycle.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (06/25/2012-06/27/2012).



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Works Details

>Raff, Joachim : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op.140
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse romande
  • Notes: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (06/25/2012-06/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Raff, Joachim : Overture to Der Sturm (The Tempest), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (06/25/2012-06/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Raff, Joachim : Overture to Macbeth
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (06/25/2012-06/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1879

>Raff, Joachim : Romeo and Juliet Overture, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (06/25/2012-06/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Raff, Joachim : Overture to Othello, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (06/25/2012-06/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879