"Hardly anyone else is playing Raff these days, and his music is definitely worth exploring. Logic dictates, then, that you cannot go wrong acquiring one or two discs in this respectable series..."
Brent Auerbach - American Record Guide - November 2012
RAFF, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 1 (Tra Nguyen) GP602
RAFF, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (Tra Nguyen) GP612
"...[Nguyen] gives powerfully persuasive performances of the ... Drei Klavier-Soli, Op 74: lasting nearly half an hour, its Ballade, Scherzo and ‘Metamorphosen’ ...are well worth exploring. The Fantaisie in B major which follows is a real discovery in two senses: the manuscript turned up in 2010 buried among some unrelated Liszt organ works; and its beautifully melodic material (another Raff characteristic), constantly transformed by Chopinesque and Lisztian figurations, is dispatched with an assured touch and subtle colouring by Nguyen. Vol 2 is arguably even more consistently interesting, beginning with the three thematically linked movements of the Fantaisie-Sonate of 1871, dedicated to Saint-Saëns and surely worth a place in the regular concert repertoire. Tra Nguyen makes the best possible case for all these works and has been well recorded on a splendidly voiced Steinway at Wyastone."
Jeremy Nicholas - Gramophone magazine - October 2012
"... this is a long way from being a ‘complete works’ series, but it does give a taster of the considerable genius of a composer hounded by critics fixated on equating prolific production with mediocrity and distracted by the many potboilers and pretty salon pieces he wrote to earn a living ...this CD is every bit as grand as the first. Once again, Nguyen proves, throughout her recital, not only equal to the technical demands of the intellectual intrigues that lurk everywhere in Raff’s music, but also that she has an intuitive sense of expression and phrasing that brings to life the substantial emotional content of symbols on staves, thus rendering this survey the gold standard by which future performers of Raff will be judged."
Byzantion - MusicWeb-International.com - October 2012
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