Notes and Editorial Reviews
Select excerpts from reviews of some of the previously released albums included in this set:
John Adams: Complete Piano Music
Ralph van Raat displays an innate affinity for the composer's idioms, be it China Gates' lyric beauty, Phrygian Gates' stamina-testing epic sprawl, or American Berserk's thorny, Ives-inspired ragtime allusions. He treats Phrygian Gates as an out-and-out virtuoso vehicle, with plenty of paragraphic sweep and brawny, roof-raising climaxes.
– ClassicsToday (Jed Distler)
Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated
Raat is dramatic, expressive, nimble, elegiac and virtuosic, and he has a fine feel for the variations with any kind of jazz idiom. This is a very fine performance, and worth every penny of its diminutive asking price. The sonic effects of the lid banging are spectacular, and Raat’s improvisation towards the end is a fascinating mixture of effects and bravura creativity.
– MusicWeb International