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Joseph Joachim Raff: Piano Quartets, Opp. 202/1&2

Album Summary

>Raff, Joachim : Quartet for Piano and Strings in G major, Op. 202/1
>Raff, Joachim : Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor, Op. 202/2
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Uniting three extraordinary, internationally renowned artists under one unique ensemble banner, The Trio II Trittico takes the music of Joseph Joachim Raff and introduces it to the world in this first recording. With enthusiasm and creativity, the II Trittico combines their special artistic experiences, new performance conventions, and humor to create an album which inspires listeners to rediscover the formally neglected composer.

Fanfare
I can happily report that performances given here and Divox's SACD recording are exemplary. Recommended to all chamber music fanciers.

American Record Guide
The playing is magnificent; virtuosic, committed, and totally convincing. The interpretations are lively, even brawny in their abandonment; but, pardon the paradox, it's abandonment totally under control. I never thought SACD sound would be that critical with chamber music, but was I ever wrong! The sound has an immediacy that makes you feel you're sitting amid the ensemble. If you're a Raff fan, this is self-recommending. If you simply like off-beat, inspired 19th Century repertoire, look no further.

Allmusic.com
The two works are expressive and at times poignant... Raff always offered idiomatic writing for his instruments and created melodies that were attractive and memorable. Ensemble Il Trittico lends a gemütlich character to the music that makes it ingratiating, and the high-quality SACD multichannel format makes the instruments sound clear, warm, and full. This album is a fine introduction to Raff, and if it doesn't win many converts to his cause, it at least brings to light two unfairly neglected works.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (02/09/2009-02/12/2009).



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>Raff, Joachim : Quartet for Piano and Strings in G major, Op. 202/1
  • Performer: David Greenlees (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Il Trittico
  • Notes: Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (02/09/2009-02/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Raff, Joachim : Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor, Op. 202/2
  • Performer: David Greenlees (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Il Trittico
  • Notes: Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (02/09/2009-02/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music