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RAFF, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 3 (Tra Nguyen)

RAFF, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 3 (Tra Nguyen)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2012


Tra Nguyen



Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK

Record Label
Grand Piano




Total Time - 76:33
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RAFF, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 3 (Tra Nguyen)

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Album lyrique, Op. 17 (1849 version)

1 Volume 1: No. 1. Reverie: Larghetto rubato 4:08
2 Volume 1: No. 2. Reverie: Lento 4:11
3 Volume 1: No. 3. Reverie: Andante con moto, quasi allegretto 4:09
4 Volume 2: No. 4. Romance: Moderato 4:33
5 Volume 2: No. 5. Ballade: Allegro 4:37
6 Volume 3: No. 6. Nocturne: Lento 5:59
7 Volume 3: No. 7. Nocturne: Larghetto 4:49
8 Volume 4: No. 8. Scherzo: Allegro 5:22
9 Volume 5: No. 9. Introduction and Fugue: Allegro 9:04

5 Eglogues, Op. 105

10 No. 1. Allegro molto 4:20
11 No. 2. Andante con moto 4:22
12 No. 3. Andante quasi larghetto 3:57
13 No. 4. Andante mosso 2:39
14 No. 5. Presto giojoso 3:06

Impromptu-valse, Op. 94


Fantaisie-polonaise, Op. 106

 Tra Nguyen Soloist

The Album Lyrique, Op 17 contains a distillation of Raff’s gifts for writing richly varied character pieces for the piano. They are often slow and meditative, but become increasingly dramatic and sonorous as the music progresses. The Cinq Eglogues, Op 105 are poetic gems, the Impromptu-Valse, Op 94 attained huge popularity, whilst the Fantaisie-Polonaise, Op 106 reveals Raff’s bravura side.

"...The Scherzo and the grandiose Introduction and Fugue of the Album lyrique or the concluding Fantaisie-polonaise…come like a breath of fresh air. The Impromptu-valse, too, gives us a graceful salon style spun off with delightful ease by Nguyen, whose playing throughout, admirably recorded, is as warm, fluent and sympathetic as you could wish..." 

Bryce Morrison - Gramophone magazine - March 2013

"...The gentles Eglogues benefit from Nguyen’s subtle touch, but there is surprising virtuosity here, too; the Impromptu-Valse absolutely sparkles under her fingers, while the Fantaisie-Polonaise is an effective marriage of Liszt and Raff. A stimulating disc."

International Piano magazine - March 2013

"...This is the last volume of Grand Piano’s three-CD survey of German-Swiss composer Joachim Raff’s piano music. According to Grand Piano, these are all premiere recordings, and with almost 80 minutes of music, this must be considered a bargain for pianophiles even at full price. Its value is enhanced all the more by another top-class performance by Nguyen, her technical prowess augmented once again by an intuitive sense of expression and phrasing that brings this magical music to life. As in previous volumes, sound quality is very good." 

Byzantion - - December 2012

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