Pianist Ralph van Raat Wins Dutch Public Radio and Television Classic Prize
November 19, 2010
Ralph van Raat
On 7 November 2010 acclaimed pianist Ralf van Raat won the Prijs Klassiek (‘Classics Prize’) of the Dutch public radio and television broadcaster NTR (formerly NPS) for his promotion of contemporary composed music in The Netherlands.
His newest Naxos CD Das Buch der Klänge (The Book of Sounds) by the German composer Hans Otte (former student of pianist Walter Gieseking and composer Paul Hindemith) is the first in a new series of five recordings to be released on Naxos between now and mid-2012.
“The Book of Sounds is dedicated to all those who want to draw close to sound, so that, in the search for the sound of sound, for the secret of life, one’s own resonance is discovered.” These are the striking words with which the German composer, pianist, sound sculptor, poet and radio promoter Hans Otte introduced one of the most hauntingly beautiful and original piano compositions of the twentieth century. “Ralph van Raat is an exceptional talent who makes seemingly inaccessible music accessible, with an unconditional devotion and a direct emotional expressiveness.” (Philip Morris Arts Award Jury)