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Raff: Piano Works Vol 1 / Tra Nguyen

Raff / Nguyen
Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Grand Piano   Catalog #: 602  
Composer:  Joseph Joachim Raff
Performer:  Tra Nguyen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The programme of this first CD showcases music from the early 1850s, written at a time when Raff was working as Liszt's amanuensis and living in his household in Weimar... Tra Nguyen couldn't have hoped for a more impressive debut as a solo recording artist and Raff enthusiasts couldn't have hoped for a more persuasive and enjoyable demonstration of the worth of his piano music." -- Mark Thomas, www.raff.org

“A performance of surpassing keyboard artistry and passion” -- Steven Haller, American Record Guide

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,
Read more and include the newly-discovered Fantaisie. One of Raff’s first successes, Fruhlingsboten portrays nature in many-layered miniature scenes. The Drei- Klavier-Soli concludes with one of Raff’s greatest piano pieces, Metamorphosen.

British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen gave her first performance at the Hanoi Opera House when she was ten and has continued to engage audiences in other important venues worldwide. She studied with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatory and with Christopher Elton at the Royal academy of Music, London.

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Works on This Recording

1. Frühlingsboten, Op. 55 by Joseph Joachim Raff
Performer:  Tra Nguyen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850–1852 
2. Ballade for Piano by Joseph Joachim Raff
Performer:  Tra Nguyen (Piano)
3. Scherzo for Piano by Joseph Joachim Raff
Performer:  Tra Nguyen (Piano)
4. Metamorphosen by Joseph Joachim Raff
Performer:  Tra Nguyen (Piano)
5. Fantaisie for Piano by Joseph Joachim Raff
Performer:  Tra Nguyen (Piano)

Sound Samples

Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55: I. Winterruhe: Andantino
Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55: II. Fruhlingsnahen: Allegro non troppo, deciso
Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55: III. Gelubde: Grave
Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55: IV. Unruhe: Allegro
Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55: V. Annaherung: Andantino
Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55: VI. Wirrniss: Vivace
Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55: VII. Vorwurf: Andante non troppo
Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55: VIII. Fern: Andantino
Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55: IX. Frohe Kunde: Presto
Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55: X. Zu zwei: Andante
Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55: XI. Ohne Ruh': Allegro
Fruhlingsboten, Op. 55: XII. Abends: Larghetto
3 Klavier-Soli, Op. 74: No. 1. Ballade: Andantino, quasi larghetto
3 Klavier-Soli, Op. 74: No. 2. Scherzo: Presto
3 Klavier-Soli, Op. 74: No. 3. Metamophosen: Andante
Fantasie in B major, WoO 15A

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