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KOECHLIN, C.: Heures persanes (Les) (van Raat)

Composer(s):Koechlin, Charles
Artist(s) van Raat, Ralph, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572473
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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A pupil of Massenet and Fauré, the prolific French composer and teacher Charles Koechlin expanded traditional harmonies and compositional techniques and was much admired by his contemporaries. Les heures persanes was inspired by Vers Ispahan, Pierre Loti’s diary of a journey through Persia. Oriental atmospheres are recreated through cycles of day and night, and in piano writing completely new for its time. This evocative piece salutes Koechlin’s musical forebears as well as foreshadowing Messiaen through the “passionate and skilled” (The Sunday Times on 8.572570) advocacy of Ralph van Raat.


Review By Burkhard Schäfer,Piano News,May 2012


Review By Carlo Bianchi,Musica,May 2012


Review By Craig Zeichner,,February 2012

Van Raat’s performance is stunning. Successfully telling a dreamy tale over the course of sixteen mostly slow movements is no small feat, but Van Raat conquers with slight gestures and splashes of color. His delicate shading and almost wispy touch is ideal for the reverie that much of the music induces. But Koechlin also can up the ante and van Raat makes hard-driving passages like Derviches dans la nuit (Dervishes in the night) with its thick bass and piercing runs, breathlessly thrilling.

What’s next for van Raat? I can’t wait to hear. © 2012 Read complete review


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