℗ 2013 Chandos

Raff: Symphony No. 2 - Four Shakespeare Preludes

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi

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Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 140  
I. Allegro
Joachim Raff; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Neeme Järvi
II. Andante con moto
Joachim Raff; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Neeme Järvi
III. Allegro vivace – Trio
Joachim Raff; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Neeme Järvi
IV. Andante maestoso – Allegro con spirito – Più mosso
Joachim Raff; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Neeme Järvi
Orchestral Prelude to Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, WoO 49
Joachim Raff; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Neeme Järvi
Orchestral Prelude to Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, WoO 50
Joachim Raff; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Neeme Järvi
Orchestral Prelude to Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, WoO 51
Joachim Raff; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Neeme Järvi
Orchestral Prelude to Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, WoO 52
Joachim Raff; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Neeme Järvi
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    76:59
“Five Stars. Raff’s post-Mendelssohnian lyric charm is offset by individuality in delicate orchestration and unexpected harmonies. Peerless performances from Järvi and his Swiss orchestra." - BBC Music Magazine "... Chandos’s sound serves the music well with sweet instrumental texture, good orchestral balance and no trace of digital harshness ... don’t hesitate to acquire this well-executed recording.” - Fanfare This album marks the beginning of a series dedicated to the engaging, albeit neglected, orchestral works of Swiss-German composer Joachim Raff. The survey starts with the 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 Neeme Järvi.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland; 25 – 27 June 2012 Recording producer: Brian Pidgeon Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens Equipment Radio Télévision Suisse / Merging Technologies SA (Claude Cellier, President; Ricardo Ryan, Quality Analyst and Project Manager) Assistant engineer: Philippe Hamilton (RTS – Espace 2) Editor: Jonathan Cooper A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge Front cover: ‘Park avenue with benches, Frankfurt, Germany’, photograph © Raimund Linke / Getty Images Back cover: Photograph of Neeme Järvi by Simon van Boxtel Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen

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