This is the first time that the complete music for cello and piano of the Swiss-born Romantic Joachim Raff (1822–82) has been recorded in its entirety. All the pieces here – including one of his major chamber works, the Sonata for Cello and Piano of 1873 – underline the importance of melody in Raff’s music: this anthology is a treasure trove of lovely tunes, which Raff can spin with Schumannesque urgency and Schubertian charm.
Joseph Mendoes, cello
Taeyeon Lim, piano
Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 86 (1854)
Duo, Op. 59 (1848, rev. 1867)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 183 (1873) *
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Catalogue No: TOCC0341EAN/UPC: 5060113443410Release Date: 01.09.2016Composer: Joachim Raff Artists: Joseph Mendoes,
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James V. Maiello :
“…his music was popular and influential during his own lifetime; he counted Mendelssohn, Liszt, the Schumanns, and Hans von Bülow among his supporters. …Raff’s formidable talents as a melodist are on full display in the Two Romances, op. 182… Both Mendoes and Lim let the music speak for itself, eschewing histrionics in favor of a spare, dignified approach; …[The Duo for Piano and Cello, op. 59:] The slow section is full of lush, sinewy lines for the cello, which Mendoes spins out with a sweet, focused sound and sensitive phrasing. Lim provides a fitting complement, supporting the cello line one minute, and surging into the foreground in all the right places. … The Cello Sonata is the most substantial work on the program… Again, Mendoes and Lim have arrived at a welcome symbiosis, and the result is a true dialogue that is a pleasure to experience. … The Andante is a welcome change of pace. Mendoes and Lim approach the movement like a Lied, intimately and delicately. It is one of the interpretive highlights of the entire disc, slow enough to savor but never wallowing.” —Fanfare Magazine, May/June 2017
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