Raff - Works for Piano and Orchestra | Grand Piano GP771

Raff - Works for Piano and Orchestra


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Label: Grand Piano

Cat No: GP771

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 10th November 2017



Tra Nguyen (piano)
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra


Kerry Stratton


Raff, Joachim

Ode au printemps, op.76
Paraphrases de Salon (2), op.65
» no.2 Caprice on motifs from 'King Alfred'
Piano Concerto in C minor, op.185


Tra Nguyen (piano)
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra


Kerry Stratton


Of Raff’s nine works for solo instrument and orchestra three are for piano. The Ode au Printemps, op.76, is full of freshness, its atmospheric qualities and cantabile melodies enhanced by superb orchestration. Unjustly neglected but full of dreamlike delicacy, the Piano Concerto in C minor, op.185, offers one of the most delightful, lyrical and stirring works in the Romantic concerto canon. The Caprice, op.65 no.2, balances assured development and passionate virtuosity.

British-Vietnamese Tra Nguyen has performed worldwide at important venues, such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Hong Kong City Recital Hall, Cadogan Hall and Wigmore Hall. Her imaginative programming balances core repertoire and lesser-known music, winning critical praise. Her recordings of Joachim Raff’s piano music have earned wide critical acclaim, including an Album of the Week award by The Independent. Tra Nguyen studied with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatory and with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music. She was awarded the ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for her “significant contribution to the music profession” in 2013.

Kerry Stratton has conducted orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Stratton won the 2000 Masaryk Award for his services to Czech and Slovak culture and was decorated by the Czech government in 2007 at Cernin Palace, Prague, with the Gratias Agit Award. He is currently conductor and music director of the Toronto Concert Orchestra.

Established in 1926, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (PRSO) is a creative and versatile ensemble at the forefront of Czech music making. The orchestra has worked with a distinguished list of composers including Honegger, Khachaturian, Krenek, Penderecki, Prokofiev and Respighi as well as many of the world’s great conductors and soloists.

‘Nguyen’s interpretations of Raff are peerless. She inhabits the music. As this series has progressed, so has our indebtedness to her for shining a light on such an important part of Raff’s oeuvre. Unreservedly recommended.’ – Raff.org (The Essential Raff)

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