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RAFF, Joachim (1822-1882)

PIANO WORKS • 1

BALLADE • SCHERZO • METAMORPHOSEN • FRÜHLINGSBOTEN • FANTAISIE


  • Tra Nguyen, piano

Although Raff is remembered primarily as one of the foremost symphonists of his day, by far his largest output was for the piano. The three works recorded here date from his early years in Weimar, and include the newly-discovered Fantaisie. One of Raff’s first successes, Frühlingsboten portrays nature in many-layered miniature scenes. The Drei Klavier-Soli concludes with one of Raff’s greatest piano pieces, Metamorphosen.

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Tracklist

 
Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55 (1852) (00:00:00 )
1
I. Winterruhe: Andantino * (00:01:54)
2
II. Fruhlingsnahen: Allegro non troppo, deciso * (00:04:35)
3
III. Gelubde: Grave * (00:03:51)
4
IV. Unruhe: Allegro * (00:01:52)
5
V. Annaherung: Andantino * (00:02:45)
6
VI. Wirrniss: Vivace * (00:02:23)
7
VII. Vorwurf: Andante non troppo * (00:04:07)
8
VIII. Fern: Andantino * (00:01:56)
9
IX. Frohe Kunde: Presto * (00:02:27)
10
X. Zu zwei: Andante * (00:02:34)
11
XI. Ohne Ruh': Allegro * (00:02:57)
12
XII. Abends: Larghetto * (00:04:09)
 
3 Klavier-Soli, Op. 74 (1852) (00:00:00 )
13
No. 1. Ballade: Andantino, quasi larghetto * (00:10:33)
14
No. 2. Scherzo: Presto * (00:06:11)
15
No. 3. Metamophosen: Andante * (00:12:24)
16
Fantasie in B Major, WoO 15A (1852) * (00:12:09)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:16:47

The Artist

British-Vietnamese Tra Nguyen’s imaginative programming balances core repertoire and lesser-known music, winning critical praise. Her discography introduces many world première recordings of neglected music. Her recordings of Joachim Raff’s piano music have earned wide critical acclaim, including Album of the Week awards by The Independent. Tra Nguyen studied with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatory and with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music where she received the Academy’s highest award for her final recital. She was awarded the ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for her “significant contribution to the music profession” in 2013.