Raff Piano Works Vol 2

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01 - 06 - 2012

Raff Piano Works Vol 2

Tra Nguyen (piano)

Though an esteemed symphonist, Raff wrote most extensively for the piano and the three works here come from the very pinnacle of his career. The 1871 Fantasie-Sonate is a fascinating and richly imaginative hybrid, whilst the Variations on an Original Theme is marked by fertility of invention. The Four Piano Pieces exemplify Raff's gift for lyricism and characterisation. British-Vietnamese Tra Nguyen gave her first concert, performing Mozart's Piano Concerto K488 with the Hanoi Conservatory Orchestra. Since then she has continued to engage audiences in other important venues worldwide. Recent and future performances include Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Hong Kong City Recital Hall and Wigmore Hall amongst others. Her imaginative programming balances core repertoire and lesser-known music, winning critical praises. Her discography introduces many world première recordings of neglected music. Her most recent recordings of the piano music of Joachim Raff were chosen as Album of the Week by the Independent in March 2010 and in April 2012. Tra studied with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatory and with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music where she received the Academy's highest award for her final recital

Raff Fantasie-Sonate Op 168, Variationen uber ein Originalthema Op 179, Four Pieces Op 196

Running Time: 1 hr 3 min

'The gold standard by which future performers of Raff will be judged.' (MusicWeb International)