He wraps nature in notes, composes symphonic landscapes, writes the music of the climate problem. American composer John Luther Adams clearly draws his inspiration from nature. From landscapes, snow plains, tundra, deserts and the ocean. 'Ostensibly silence reigns, but if you listen carefully, you hear sound constantly,' Adams himself says of it. Tonight Ralph van Raat, the specialist in newly written piano works, plays the Dutch premiere of Adam's Piano Concerto Prophecies of Stone.
"Ralph van Raat's playing combines powerful projection with a neo-Romantic sensibility, focusing on important details while rarely losing sight of the music's dynamic swell and sweep." -Gramophone
Lawrence Renes conductor
Ralph van Raat piano
One Minute Symphony
J.L. Adams Piano Concerto 'Prophecies of Stone' (Dutch premiere)
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2
Prophecies of Stone was commissioned by the Residentie Orkest and Factory International.