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CELEBRATING JOACHIM RAFF

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Image Piano Works, Vol. 1
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.

British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen gave her fi rst 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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Image Piano Works, Vol. 2
Tra Nguyen, piano

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.

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.

"Tra Nguyen has technique to burn and an instinctive feel for narrative pace; she delivers with the kind of conviction that suggests she has known the music all her life."
Martin Anderson, International Piano

"...The nimble-fingered soloist, the young British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen, despatches the Mendelssohnian filigree writing with stylish aplomb. Altogether an engaging and attractive discovery."
Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone




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Image Piano Works, Vol. 3
Tra Nguyen, piano

Despite being known primarily for his symphonies, Raff also excelled in numerous and varied compositions for the piano.

These pieces range from slow and meditative works to those that are increasingly more dramatic and sonorous.

Raff's ability to write in a richly varied character ensure that there is something here for everyone.

TRA NGUYEN
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.



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Image Piano Works, Vol. 4
Volume 4 of the Piano Music series traces Raff from youth to maturity. Douze Romances en forme d'études, Op. 8 was written when he was just 21 and unsure whether to commit himself to full-time composition. Mendelssohn was so impressed by this set of charming character pieces that he recommended them to his own publisher. The much later 1871 La Cicerenella - Nouveau Carnaval, Op. 165 is a set of virtuoso variations, whilst the Two Pieces, Op. 166 offer both charm and melodic distinction.



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Image Piano Works, Vol. 5
Raff's piano compositions earned him considerable acclaim in his lifetime. The four volumes of Blatter und Bluten (Leaves and Blossoms) consist of twelve deliciously melodic and colourful depictions of the then popular vogue for 'The Language of Flowers'. By contrast, the Grande Sonate, is a late work and one of his major statements.Conceived on a quasi-symphonic scale, its sonorous gravity and breadth encompass a bleak nobility that represents the culmination of his writing for the piano.British-Vietnamese Tra Nguyen's imaginative programming balances core repertoire and lesser-known music, winning critical praise. Her discography introduces many world premiere recordings of neglected music. Her previous 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.



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Image Piano Works, Vol. 6
Each piece on the sixth and final volume of this series demonstrates different aspects of Raff's genius as a composer for the piano. The melodic richness of the early Six Poèmes, dedicated to Liszt who had rescued Raff from penury, contrasts with the deftly evocative scene-setting of Erinnerung an Venedig, which recalls a holiday in Venice. The intensely lyrical Fantaisie is complemented by the languid charm of the Barcarolle, and the recording closes with a virtuosic Valse brillante.



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Image Symphonies Nos. 3 (In the Forest) & 10 (In Autumn)
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra / Urs Schneider.



Joachim Raff




Symfoni nr 10 f-moll Op 213 "Zur Herbstzeit"


1. Eindrucke und Empfindungen:
Allegro
moderato

2. Gespenster-Reigen: Allegro


3. Elegie: Adagio


4. Die Jagd der Menschen: Allegro





Symfoni nr 3 F-dur Op 153 "Im Walde"


5. I. Abteilung (Del 1): Am Tage - Eindrucke und Empfindungen: Allegro


6. II. Abteilung (Del 2): In der Dammerung - Traumerei: Largo


7. II. Abteilung (Del 2): Tanz der Dryaden: Allegro assai


8. III. Abteilung (Del 3): Nachts: Allegro



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Image Symphony No. 1 (To the Fatherland)
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Image Dame Kobold
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Image Complete Violin Sonatas, Vol. 1
First volume in the series. Though he was known primarily as a symphonist, and despite his large portfolio of piano works, Raff’s first love was the violin, and this release features Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2. Vol. 2 will be on 8.573842 and will feature Violin Sonatas Nos. 3, 4 and 5. Violinist Laurence Kayalen has previously recorded critically acclaimed discs for Naxos.

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Image Complete Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2: Nos. 3-5
Second volume in the series featuring three violin Sonatas, performed by virtuoso violinist Laurence Kayalen. Volume 1 can be heard on 8.573841.

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Image Works for Piano and Orchestra
Of Raff’s nine works for solo instrument and orchestra three are for piano. The Ode au Printemps is full of freshness, its atmospheric qualities and cantabile melodies enhanced by superb orchestration. Unjustly neglected but full of dreamlike delicacy, the Piano Concerto in C minor offers one of the most delightful, lyrical and stirring works in the Romantic concerto canon. The Caprice, Op. 65, heard here in its world premiere recording, balances assured development and passionate virtuosity. Tra Nguyen’s acclaimed Raff solo piano series can be heard both as a 6-CD box [GP728X] and on separate discs.

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