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Raff: Piano Works, Vol. 5 / Nguyen

Raff / Ngyuen,Tra
Release Date: 03/10/2015 
Label:  Grand Piano   Catalog #: 654   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joachim Raff
Performer:  Tra Nguyen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joachim Raff was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the foremost symphonists of his age, but in his extensive oeuvre of 329 compositions over half of them are for the piano. This selection of 21 works offers a cross section of the best of this large catalogue for the instrument, chosen by acclaimed Raf interpreter Tra Nguyen to showcase the varied aspects of his art. Tra Nguyen's imaginative programming balances core repertoire and lesser-known music, winning critical praise. Her discography introduces many world permiere recordings of neglected music.

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REVIEWS:

This fifth volume of piano works by Brahms’s older contemporary Raff finds the excellent Nguyen playing with intelligence and
Read more devotion—especially the ambitious Grande Sonate.

– BBC Music Magazine

Nguyen’s interpretations of Raff are peerless. She inhabits the music. Having already given us four CDs of his solo piano music no one has more empathy for Raff’s writing for the instrument than she, and we’re lucky that she also has the technique to match its prodigious technical demands. As this series has progressed, so has our indebtedness to her for shining a light on such an important part of Raff’s oeuvre. Unreservedly recommended.

– Raff.org (Mark Thomas) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Grand Sonata, for piano, Op. 14 by Joachim Raff
Performer:  Tra Nguyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 34 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Blätter und Blüten, for piano, Op. 135a by Joachim Raff
Performer:  Tra Nguyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 36 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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