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Ralph van Raat, Piano

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
Ralph van Raat by Simon van Boxtel
Ralph van Raat’s Carnegie Hall debut recital is surely one you will remember. The adventurous Dutch pianist plays world premieres of a new work by Louis Andriessen, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and a previously unpublished composition by Pierre Boulez. If that wasn’t enough, he tackles Alkan’s Symphony for Solo Piano, a tour de force whose spectacular colors, quirky rhythmic turns, and sheer intensity make gargantuan technical demands on the pianist.


Ralph van Raat, Piano


ALKAN Symphony for Solo Piano from 12 Etudes in All the Minor Keys

ALKAN Symphony for Solo Piano from 12 Etudes in All the Minor Keys

DEBUSSY "Etude retrouvée" (1915; realized Howat)

BOULEZ Prelude, Toccata, and Scherzo (US Premiere)


IVES "The Alcotts" from Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840–60"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Salon Encores

Get together with people who love music after this Weill Recital Hall concert for a free drink and discussion with the evening's musicians.
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Support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by members of Carnegie Hall’s Composer Club.

Distinctive Debuts is supported by endowment gifts from The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

At a Glance

Dutch pianist Ralph van Raat has been dedicated to the music of his time throughout his career in both performance and recording. A significant number of works have been composed for Mr. van Raat, who views contemporary music as the natural next step in the long and rich history of piano repertoire. For his Carnegie Hall debut, Mr. van Raat curated a program that includes Alkan’s demanding and rarely performed Symphony for Solo Piano, a delicate pearl by Debussy, and two premieres by modern masters: the world premiere of Louis Andriessen’s Searching for Unison (Etude for Solo Piano), written for Mr. van Raat, and the US premiere of Boulez’s Prelude, Toccata, and Scherzo.

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