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June 12, 2020 Ralph van Raat

Reviews in The New York Times and NRC Handelsblad

Today, music critic Seth Colter Walls wrote a very positive review about Ralph’s new CD in The New York Times: ‘In addition to other solo piano writing from Boulez, van Raat’s new album shows his lustrous way of playing lesser-heard gems by Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen. Given this repertoire, the album’s title, “French Piano Rarities,” makes plenty of sense. Yet it doesn’t do justice to the worldliness that informs this pianist’s process, no matter which tradition he is exploring.’ Dutch NRC Handelsblad critic Joep Christenhusz describes Ralph’s playing as ‘alert, powerful pianismin this review!