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Raff: Piano Works, Vol. 6: Erinnerung an Venedig, Op. 187 - Barcarolle, Op. 143 - Six Poèmes, Op. 15 - Fantaisie, Op. 142 - Deux Pieces, Op. 169

Tra Nguyen

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Erinnerung an Venedig, Op. 187  
1
No. 1. Gondoliera. Allegretto
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
3:20
2
No. 2. Am Rialto. Allegro con spirito
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
3:47
3
No. 3. Canzone. Allegretto
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
4:09
4
No. 4. Zur Taubenfutterung. Capricietto. Allegretto
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
3:09
5
No. 5. Serenade. Allegretto
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
3:59
6
No. 6. Venetienne. Allegro
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
3:59
7
Barcarolle, Op. 143
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
7:13
6 Poèmes, Op. 15  
8
No. 1. Passion calme. Andantino
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
5:51
9
No. 2. De loin. Andante quasi larghetto
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
3:28
10
No. 3. Les amoureux. Allegretto quasi allegro
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
4:33
11
No. 4. La larme. Quasi larghetto
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
2:46
12
No. 5. Chanson suisse. Andante
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
4:02
13
No. 6. Gigue. Presto
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
3:09
14
Fantaisie, Op. 142
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
13:01
2 Pieces, Op. 169  
15
No. 1. Romance. Quasi adagio
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
6:44
16
No. 2. Valse brillante. Allegro
Joachim Raff; Tra Nguyen
5:18
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    78:28
This collection of world premiere recordings from British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen is the sixth and final volume in a series. Nguyen demonstrates different aspects of Raff’s genius as a piano composer on each of these pieces, a mix of early works and more mature compositions. The melodic richness of the early Six Poèmes, dedicated to Liszt who had rescued Raff from penury, contrasts with the deftly evocative Erinnerung an Venedig which recalls a holiday in Venice. The programme also includes the lyrical Fantaisie, complemented by the languid charm of the Barcarolle and a virtuosic Valse brillante.

"These are works of great emotional density where Raff fused his supreme melodic skill with complex harmonic and contrapuntal structure."
- Tra Nguyen
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Grand Piano Studio Masters

Recording Dates: 8-9 November 2013
Recording Venue: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK
Producer and Engineer: Michael Ponder
Editor: Jennifer Howells
Publishers: C.F.W. Siegel (1-6, 15-16), C.F. Kistner (7, 14), Schott Music International (8-13)
Booklet Notes: Mark Thomas
French translation by David Ylla-Somers
German translation by Cris Posslac
Artist Photograph: Nelly Nguyen
Cover Art: Gro Thorsen: City to City, Madrid no 9, oil on aluminium, 12x12 cm, 2013

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