- Performer: Valentina Seferinova (piano)
- Conductor: None
- Composer: Joachim Raff
- Audio CD (10 Mar. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Cameo Classics
- ASIN: B00IJZIFM8
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,659 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Joachim Raff Piano Sonatas and Character Pieces
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Interest in the music of Joachim Raff has so far concentrated chiefly on the orchestral works, while the operas, songs and even the fascinating chamber music have largely been neglected. One glace at Raff's catalogue of works shows that more than half of his 216 opus numbers were written for the piano for two or four hands. Then there are several unnumbered compositions, pieces re-edited by people other than himself, and a whole drawer full of four-handed piano arrangements of his own orchestral and chamber music works. The time has come for a new start. An ideal opening are the two piano sonatas Nos. 2 (Op.168) and 3 (Op.14, 2nd version), here recorded for the first time.
About the Artist
Award winning pianist Valentina Seferinova was born in Vidin, on the River Danube in Bulgaria. Recognised as a 'child prodigy', she gave solo recitals and played with many different chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras (both as soloist and accompanist) from a very early age. As well as numerous concert appearances, both solo and orchestral, in her native Bulgaria, Valentina has performed in Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Russia, Turkey and the United Kingdom. She also plays and records frequently for Bulgarian National Radio and Television; and her CD recordings are featured on BBC Radio 3 and playlists of Classical Music stations around the world.
Top customer reviews
Sadly, there's not a word about the very fine pianist in the CD booklet. Valentina Seferinova is playing all this difficult piano music. She is of dual Bulgarian and British nationality, living in Hampshire with her British husband and family. This excellent recording was awarded almost the full five stars by the Raff Society, when it was first published in 2003.
Performance of these works is confidently undertaken by our soloist in recordings apparently dating from 2002 and go far to underline the importance of Raff's contribution to music of the 19th century, a period dominated by giants of piano composition and repertoire who became better known to audiences. This issue is to be highly commended.
Raff had a large output and the Fantasie-Sonata in D minor is Op.168 is included here. The Grand Sonata in E flat minor is listed as Op.14. However it is in reality a much later work, being extensively revised.
Charming pieces all beautifully played by Valentina Seferinova with excellent piano sound. Highly recommended.