Ralph van Raat in Recital

Photo credit Simon van Boxtel

Audience members will be seated in chairs on the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage for this event


In celebrating the 80th birthday of celebrated Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, pianist Ralph van Raat has been presenting a series of recitals around the world, featuring rarely heard works of this great master.

This Australian exclusive solo recital features a number of early, rarely performed works by Andriessen, as well as a work specially written for Ralph for this celebration series.

And Ralph completes this special recital with the mighty Phrygian Gates of John Adams, 25 minutes of rippling waves of sound, sometimes smooth and tranquil, sometimes surging and stabbing.

As Adams himself says: ‘Phrygian Gates is a behemoth of sorts and requires a pianist capable of considerable physical endurance and with an ability to sustain long arches of sound.’ Ralph van Raat is the pianist to do it, in this special Metropolis concert.

Please note, audience members will be seated in chairs on the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage for this event.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


Join us for a post-concert talk in the ground floor foyer.


Louis Andriessen
Souvenirs d’enfance: Rondo opus 1, Allegro marcato, Nocturne)
Prospettive e Retropsettive
The Memory of Roses: Wals, Lied, Chorale, Deuxieme chorale)
Image de Moreau
Searching for Unison

Phrygian Gates
Phrygian Gates


This production is part of the following series:

Metropolis New Music Festival 2019

A celebration of some of Australia’s – and the world’s – finest living composers, Metropolis New Music Festival showcases the Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to contemporary music.