Raff, Joachim: Works for Violin and Orchestra


        Composer:
        Joachim Raff
CDS1075EAN: 7393338107521                     Performer:
        Tobias Ringborg
        Norrlandoperan SO
        Andrea Quinn

CDS 1075-2 Joachim Raff (1822-1882): Violin Concerto No. 1; Suite for Violin and Orchestra; La Fée d'Amour. Tobias Ringborg, violin; Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera conducted by Andrea Quinn. 
 "All three of these rare works are luminously recorded and performed and as usual they are spectacularly well documented. Don't hesitate if your taste is for the romantic violin concerto in the heritage of Bruch, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky" - MusicWeb (Rob Barnett) 
"This, the first of Raff's full concertos was dedicated to the great virtuoso Wilhelmj who premiered it in August 1871. It had been begun a year earlier. Partly though Wilhelmj's championing, the work became popular throughout the last quarter of the 19th. century. Although of only around 30 minutes duration it has the expansive and confident air typical of Raff at the zenith of his career. The opening Allegro patetico is a very substantial movement by the standards of the day and is characterised by a lyrical and defiant spirit. The extended, faintly melancholy Andante non troppo slow movement follows without a break, as does the brief but brilliant concluding Allegro trionfale, whose martial character is probably assocaited with Raff's feeling of national pride after the Franco-Prussian war. "
"In short, the new CD is a triumph. Add to all this scholarly and perceptive liner-notes by US composer and Raff-expert, Dr Avrohom Leichtling and we have not only a musical feast, but a musicological one as well." - Raff.org (Alan Howe) 
About the Suite for Violin and Orchestra:
"As well as his two Violin Concertos, Raff wrote a Suite for violin and orchestra and this concert-piece, which is the earliest of all his concerted works having been written in 1854, whilst working with Liszt in Weimar. It was one of Raff's earliest orchestral works and for a time was quite popular, receiving several performances. The love fairy of the title is depicted by the solo violin in this attractive but perhaps overlong work."

About La fé d'amour:
"As well as his two Violin Concertos, Raff wrote a Suite for violin and orchestra and this concert-piece, which is the earliest of all his concerted works having been written in 1854, whilst working with Liszt in Weimar. It was one of Raff's earliest orchestral works and for a time was quite popular, receiving several performances. The love fairy of the title is depicted by the solo violin in this attractive but perhaps overlong work."

(texts from Raff.org © 2009 Mark Thomas)

All three works are commendably played by Swedish virtuoso and Sterling veteran Tobias Ringborg and the Norrlands Opera Orchestra under Andrea Quinn.


    Joachim Raff (1822-1882)

  • La Fée d'amour op.67
    - Allegro e delicamente attacca

    - Un poco meno mosso ma pochettino attacca

    - Vivace

  • Suite for violin and orkester Op.181
    - Preludio Allegro

    - Minuetto Largamente
    - Corrente Allegro
    - Aria Larghetto

    - Il moto perpetuo Finale

  • Concerto for violin and Orchestra No.1 Op.161
    - Allegro patetco attacca

    - Andante non troppo attacca
    - Allegro trionfalle




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