on 14 January 2013
This series goes from strength to strength with volume three offering us some more wonderful and unjustly neglected music. The disc opens with the Album Lyrique, Op. 17, a work which had a troubled birth, the version presented here being the third and final version of the opus 17! It is a collection of nine short works divided between five volumes and lasting nearly 47 minutes. It is a collection of great contrast, with volume 1 offering us three charming Rêveries, while in the final volume we are offered an Introduction and Fugue which give the pianist more scope to impress. This is followed by the Cinq Eglogues, again there is some beautiful music here with the fist of the set, sounding to me, somewhat reminiscent of the French school and Faure in particular. The disc ends with two short works, the Impromptu-Valse and the Fantasie-Polonaise, with both pieces displaying Raff's versatility as a composer. Once again Tra Nguyen is excellent throughout, a most welcome disc and let us hope that she goes on to record more of Raff's music, I for one would be eager to hear further discs!