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Joachim Raff: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Symphony no 5 'Leonore'; Abends rhapsody; Overtures / Neeme Jarvi

Notes & Reviews:

Volume two in Neeme Jarvi's series with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande devoted to Joachim Raff's orchestral music. His Symphony No. 5 Lenore is heard alongside the rhapsody Abends and overtures and preludes to Dame Kobold, Konig Alfred, Die Eifersuchtigen and Dornroschen. The idiomatic performances by Neeme Jarvi and his Swiss orchestra in Volume 1, described as 'peerless' by BBC Music (*****), suggest that they are the perfect performers to reinvigorate interest in Raff's music.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
JSrvi's performance is an absolutely splendid one - both markedly more propulsive and, to my ears, more excitingly cogent than any other I have encountered, yet with no loss in terms of technical sophistication or affectionate glow...Collectors with a sweet tooth will find this irresistible.

MusicWeb International, 30th July 2014
These overtures amplify the qualities embodied in the performance of the symphony. JSrvi encourages the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande to give of their very best and, abetted by excellently judged SACD sound, the results are biting, driving, refined and brilliantly exciting.

Sunday Times, 17th August 2014
The prolific Raff is worth reviving, to judge by the inventive, vividly scored descriptive symphony on Brger's ballad Lenore, and one or two operatic overtures, included here and performed with great conviction by Jrvi and co.


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