JOACHIM RAFF (1822-1882): Die Tageszeiten, Op. 209 for Chorus, Piano and Orchestra, Chorus and Orchestra: Die Sterne, WoO 53, Morgenlied, Op. 186a, Einer Entschlafenen, Op. 186b.
Catalogue Number: 08M003
Description: Die Tageszeiten (1878) is a four-movement, 41-minute hybrid work which combines the best elements of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy for piano, chorus and orchestra and Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten - part symphony, part concerto (Raff called it Konzertante) and part oratorio. The texts are by Raff's 17-year-old daughter, simple rhymes which depict morning, afternoon, evening and night. Neither the piano nor the chorus are always present but the piano opens the work with a long solo which contains most of the motivic material - a shocking departure from received compositional practice at the time. Equally attractive, although conceptually amorphous, is the five-song sequence Die Sterne of 1880, also to his daughter's poetry while the two 6-8 minute choral-orchestral songs of Op. 186 (1873) bring the program up to a generous 80 minutes. Long, detailed and really interesting notes from Raff scholar Dr. Avrohom Leichtling. German-English texts. Tra Nguyen (piano), Sångkraft Chamber Choir, Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera; Andrea Quinn.