JOACHIM RAFF (1822-1882): Incidental Music to the Drama "Bernhard von Weimar", WoO 17, 9 Orchestral Intermezzi from the Oratorio World's End - Judgement - New World, Op. 212, FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)/RAFF: Overture to Prometheus Unbound, WoO 14A.
Catalogue Number: 02Q002
Reference: CDS 1099/1100-2
Description: Raff, assistant to Liszt for six years, orchestrated what we now know as the tone-poem Prometheus for his master in 1850 when it was the overture to a play. Liszt later recomposed and reorchestrated portions of it so there is quite a bit here which will sound new. The Berhnard von Weimar incidental music consists of an 18-minute-long overture (later furnishing the base for the dramatic overture Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, Op. 127) and two 8-9 minute marches; these date from 1854. The second disc consists entirely of nine orchestral Intermezzi from a large-scale oratorio written during 1879-1881. A list of their descriptive uses in the oratorio is more instructive than attempting to summarize that many pieces: Pestilence, War, Famine, Death and Hell, The Last Signs, The Last Trump, The Resurrection, the Judgement and New World. Attentive Raff collectors will hear the odd echo from the Lenore and Winter symphonies. A no-brainer with 23 pages of English notes and 94:17 total timing, eh?