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Joachim Raff: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 / Tra Nguyen, piano

> Fantasie-Sonate, Op. 168 - I. Allegro patetico
> Fantasie-Sonate, Op. 168 - II. Largo
> Fantasie-Sonate, Op. 168 - III. Allegro molto
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Andante
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Thema
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 1: L'istesso tempo
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 3: Allegro assai
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 4: L'istesso tempo
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 5: Meno mosso
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 7: L'istesso tempo
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 8: Tranquillo
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 9: L'istesso tempo
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 10: Veloce leggiero
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 11: L'istesso tempo
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 12: Piu mosso
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 13: Moderato
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 14: Moderato
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 15: Allegro molto
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 16: L'istesso tempo
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 17: L'istesso tempo
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 18: Adagio
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 19: Doppio movimento
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Variation 20: Doppio movimento
> Variationen uber ein Originalthema, Op. 179 - Finale: Moderato maestoso
> 4 Pieces, Op. 196 - No. 1. Im Schilf
> 4 Pieces, Op. 196 - No. 2. Berceuse
> 4 Pieces, Op. 196 - No. 3. Novelette
> 4 Pieces, Op. 196 - No. 4. Impromptu

Album Summary

>Raff, Joachim : Fantasie-Sonate, for piano, Op. 168
>Raff, Joachim : Variations on a original theme, for piano, Op. 179
>Raff, Joachim : Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 196
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Notes & Reviews:

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 characterization.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Nguyen plays well. Alan Becker, who had many positive things to say about her as recently as July/August 2012, found her approach "beguiling". That's the perfect word. More important than her warm tone, the notes drip with emotion. There's also good control of form and solid stability that comes from real arm support.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (06/25/2011-06/26/2011).



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>Raff, Joachim : Fantasie-Sonate, for piano, Op. 168
  • Performer: Tra Nguyen (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (06/25/2011-06/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Raff, Joachim : Variations on a original theme, for piano, Op. 179
  • Performer: Tra Nguyen (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (06/25/2011-06/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Raff, Joachim : Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 196
  • Performer: Tra Nguyen (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (06/25/2011-06/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic