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.
This fifth volume of piano works by Brahms’s older contemporary Raff finds the excellent Nguyen playing with intelligence andRead 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.