Yesterday, Ralph was interviewed for the live show Podium Witteman, together with Dutch composer Joep Franssens who just wrote three brand new etudes for Ralph. These etudes will be performed during next week’s recital in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. Besides the interview, Ralph performed the second etude. The broadcast can be viewed back here.
Today, an interview (written by Mark van der Voort) has been published in newspaper Brabants Dagblad, about the upcoming performances of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for solo piano.
On January 30th, Ralph returned from a successful tour, performing Tan Dun’s Farewell, My Concubine for piano solo, Peking opera soprano and orchestra, conducted by the composer. Van Raat’s playing was described as ‘strong and precise’ in a review by Bachtrack, and ConcertoNet.com wrote ‘ Il faut souligner la performance de Ralph van Raat, qui joue sans partition la redoutable partie soliste’.
An interview with Ralph is published in this quarter’s SENA Performers Magazine.
This morning, maximum scores have been awarded for the show by Ralph and Dutch weather forecaster and glaciologist dr. Peter Kuipers Munneke, ‘Counting Eskimo Words for Snow’. In this show, Kuipers Munneke not only gives the listener an insight into life in the extremes of the earth, but also shows us the direct effects of climate change. Ralph provides for an aural experience through works by a.o. Claude Debussy, Karen Tanaka, John Luther Adams and Anthony Fiumara.
Ralph’s recital at Carnegie Hall debut on October 24th, including works by Charles-Valentin Alkan, Claude Debussy, Pierre Boulez and Louis Andriessen, was met with many bravo’s and a standing ovation by the New York audience. After the recital, which was included in the Top 10 Picks by the New York Times, rave reviews have been published in ClassicalSource, Musical America and New York Classical Review. Some quotes: ‘Playing to a full house…, given the chance to hear him again live, I would run, not walk’ (Musical America); ‘bracing performance’ (NY Classical Review); ‘simply enchanting Debussy…Van Raat’s technical skills met Alkan’ s challenges impressively… RvR combined hauntingly beautiful expression with dramatic fervor’ (ClassicalSource)
Ralph has been interviewed by Bas van Putten about his fascination for the diversity of contemporary classical music, in relationship to the upcoming world première of Vladimir Martynov’s Music for Piano and Orchestra. Published in this week’s issue of De Groene Amsterdammer.
Last Saturday, Ralph played to a sold-out house at the Philharmonie de Paris for the first Pierre Boulez Biennial event. In a performance described as “sublime”, the evening ended to thunderous applause.
During the last week of August, Ralph has recorded his next CD for the Naxos record label. This time he recorded, in the beautiful acoustics of the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, the world premiere of Pierre Boulez’ Prélude, Toccata et Scherzo. Besides that, he recorded other music by some of the the main French composers, that is lesser known or recently discovered, such as Messiaen’s La Fauvette Passerinette and Debussy’s Étude Retrouvée. Stay tuned for the release date!