Joachim Raff: Complete Works for Cello & Piano
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Joachim Raff: Complete Works for Cello & Piano

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Release Date:

4th February 2022

Cat No:

AV2490

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£12.49 [BUY CD]

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Summary:

unforced eloquence … A thoroughly engaging 70 minutes of music making Gramophone

“The beautifully turned performances by the Swiss-French-German cellist Christoph Croisé and the Moscow-trained Kazakh pianist Oxana Shevchenko show the often elegantly-textured Duo, two Fantasy Pieces and two Romances in a favourable light.” – The Irish Times

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The beautiful, lyrical music of prolific 19th-century Swiss composer Joachim Raff was widely performed during his lifetime but is relatively under-represented today. Who better than Christoph Croisé, Raff’s modern day compatriot, to breathe new life into the composer’s complete works for cello and piano.

Raff’s chamber music, and especially his works for cello, were among his most notable achievements. Having established a career in Germany in the mid-1850’s, Raff encountered the eminent cellist Bernhard Cossman whose mastery of the instrument inspired the composer’s rich Romantic oeuvre. Christoph, who has “got it all – technical chops, impeccable musicianship” (Gramophone), puts a fresh, 21st-century spin on Raff’s memorable music resulting in this benchmark recording.

Tracklist:

JOACHIM RAFF (1822–1882)

Duo for piano and cello, Op. 59 16:19
1. Andantino – Allegro appassionato

Fantasie-stücke for cello and piano, Op. 86
2.
No. 1. Begegnung 7:20
3. No. 2. Erinnerung 8:10

Romances for horn (or cello) and piano, Op. 182
4.
No. 1 Romance in F 5:10
5. No. 2 Romance in B-flat 5:12

Sonata for piano and cello in D, Op. 183
6.
I. Allegro 12:34
7. II. Vivace 2:52
8. III. Andante 5:47
9. IV. Allegro 8:55

Total duration: 72:22

Christoph Croisécello
Oxana Shevchenkopiano

Recorded: 11–15 August 2021, Radiostudio Zürich, Switzerland
Tonmeister: Karsten Zimmermann

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