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Joachim Raff: Piano Music, Vol. 5 - Grande Sonate, Op. 14; Blatter und Bluten, Op. 135a / Tra Nguyen, piano

Album Summary

>Raff, Joachim : Grand Sonata, for piano, Op. 14
>Raff, Joachim : Blätter und Blüten, for piano, Op. 135a
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

World Première Recording Raff's piano compositions earned him considerable acclaim in his lifetime. The four volumes of Blätter und Blüten (Leaves and Blossoms) consist of twelve deliciously melodic and colourful depictions ofthe 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. Tra Nguyen's imaginative programming balance score repertoire and lesser-known music, winning critical praise. Her previous recordings of Joachim Raff's piano music have earned wide critical acclaim, including Album of the Week awards by The Independent.

BBC Music Magazine
This fifth volume of piano works by Brahms's older contemporary Raff finds the excellent Nguyen playing with intelligence and devotion - especially the ambitious Grande Sonate.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (09/02/2013-09/03/2013).



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>Raff, Joachim : Grand Sonata, for piano, Op. 14
  • Performer: Tra Nguyen (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (09/02/2013-09/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Raff, Joachim : Blätter und Blüten, for piano, Op. 135a
  • Performer: Tra Nguyen (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (09/02/2013-09/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866