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) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0341/03.mp3
Duo, Op. 59 (1848, rev. 1867) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0341/05.mp3
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 183 (1873) * https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0341/06.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0341EAN/UPC: 5060113443410Release Date: 01.09.2016Composer: Joachim Raff Artists: Joseph Mendoes, Taeyeon Lim
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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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