Joachim Raff: Piano Works Volume 2

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Joachim Raff: Piano Works Volume 2

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28th May 2012




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Joachim Raff: Piano Works Volume 2


Fantasie-Sonata in D minor Op. 168

Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 179

Four Piano Pieces, Op. 196

Tra Nguyen (piano)



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Joachim Raff, Liszt’s amanuensis and confidante in Weimar, was one of Germany’s leading composers, a reputation based largely on his symphonic works. But he was prolific in other forms as well, excelling in chamber and vocal music, and especially in numerous and varied compositions for the piano.

The three works on this second volume of Raff’s piano works come from the very pinnacle of his career. The 1871 Fantasie Sonata is a fascinating and richly imaginative hybrid, whilst the Variations on an Original Theme is marked by fertility of invention. The Four Piano Pieces exemplifies Raff’s gift for lyricism and characterisation.

Joachim Raff: Fantasie-Sonate, Op. 168

I. Allegro patetico

II. Largo

III. Allegro molto

Joachim Raff: Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179



Variation 1: L'istesso tempo

Variation 2: L'istesso tempo

Variation 3: Allegro assai

Variation 4: L'istesso tempo

Variation 5: Meno mosso

Variation 6: L'istesso tempo

Variation 7: L'istesso tempo

Variation 8: Tranquillo

Variation 9: L'istesso tempo

Variation 10: Veloce leggiero

Variation 11: L'istesso tempo

Variation 12: Piu mosso

Variation 13: Moderato

Variation 14: Moderato

Variation 15: Allegro molto

Variation 16: L'istesso tempo

Variation 17: L'istesso tempo

Variation 18: Adagio

Variation 19: Doppio movimento

Variation 20: Doppio movimento

Finale: Moderato maestoso

Joachim Raff: 4 Pieces, Op. 196

No. 1. Im Schilf

No. 2. Berceuse

No. 3. Novelette

No. 4. Impromptu

Gramophone Magazine

October 2012

“Tra Nguyen makes the best possible case for all these works and has been well recorded on a splendidly voiced Steinway at Wyastone.”

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