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Raff: Symphony No 2; Four Shakespeare Preludes [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Orchestre De La Suisse Romande , Raff , Jarvi Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Conductor: Jarvi
  • Composer: Raff
  • Audio CD (February 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Chandos
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial 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 Jarvi.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Technically the best SACD ever February 27, 2013
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I first learned about Raff by hearing his piano concerto while driving through Dayton, OH. I stopped to telephone the station to find out who could write such great music. It was Raff. I now have all of his symphonies (plus all available CD's of his piano concerto).

I have to admit I was never the greatest fan of his symphonic works. UNTIL NOW.

I have to brag on having some of the best audio playback equipment ever. I love the multi-channel SACD. I seldom buy any recorded work that is not on SACD; certainly not a "new" recording of a work I already have (unless it is a SACD). That said, this is now my number one recording. Words don't do justice to the fidelity of this recording. As I listened, I wondered why this recording was so much better than most, CD's. So I read the liner notes. Chandos brags that this is "a world first" using their new recording technology. I guess I didn't just imagine how much better this recording was.

I must say, I have a new appreciation of Joachim Raff. The music here is really gorgeous. I have played the SACD three times all the way through (with volume turned way up, of course. As an aside, I love the piano concerto, but I cannot recommend any of the available CD's I have heard.

Kind of reminds me of the thrill of my first listen to Stephen Hough playing Hummel (a pity not on SACD) See my review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful little tone poems; well recorded March 24, 2013
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The Second Symphony is rather spirited, if somewhat disjointed. While the music has much to offer in bits and pieces, one can see why it didn't remain in the public's fancy. Maybe Jarvi's recording will win it some new friends, as he certainly knows what he's doing. I rather enjoyed the little tone poems more than the symphony, though. A good, dynamic recording rounds out the issue.

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor
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