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JOACHIM RAFF  

(1822 - 1882)

Joachim Raff enjoyed the highest reputation in his lifetime but was later remembered only for his famous Cavatina, an attractive short piece that appeared in many arrangements. Encouraged by Mendelssohn and then by Liszt, he served the latter as an assistant at Weimar, orchestrating Liszt’s earlier symphonic poems. His own work as a composer started in earnest when he left Weimar in 1856, to settle in Wiesbaden and then, from 1877, in Frankfurt as director of the Hoch Conservatory, a position he retained until his death in 1882.

Orchestral Music

Recent attempts have been made to reassess Raff’s music. His 11 symphonies go some way towards a synthesis of pure music and the programmatic element of the Neo-German school exemplified in the symphonic poems of Liszt. Most of the symphonies have titles of one sort or another, the last four representing aspects of the four seasons. He wrote concertos for piano, for violin and for cello, and other works for solo instrument and orchestra, as well as a series of suites and overtures.

Chamber Music

Raff contributed to the repertoire of German chamber music with works ranging from piano quintets to duo sonatas, the last including five sonatas for violin and piano.

Piano Music

Equally prolific in his work for the piano, Raff wrote a large number of shorter pieces, as well as transcriptions and fantasies derived from the current operatic repertoire.

Vocal and Choral Music

In addition to works for choir, including several psalm settings, Raff published four volumes of part-songs, three of them for male voices.

Opera

Raff enjoyed some success with his first opera, König Alfred, first staged in Weimar in 1853. One other of his six operas, Dame Kobold, received some contemporary attention.

Joachim Raff Society

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Night Music Vol 1 Naxos 8.505008
Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 2 Naxos 8.505029

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BALLADE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556604
Orchestral
MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 7: The Acoustic Recordings (1916-1918) Naxos Historical
8.112018
Vocal
NIGHT MUSIC 4 Naxos
8.556818
Orchestral
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 4 Naxos
8.551124
Orchestral
Opera Arias (Contralto): Schumann-Heink, Ernestine - MEHRKENS, A. / ARDITI, L. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. / MEYERBEER, G. (1900-1935) Delos
DE5503
Vocal
OPERA FANTASIES FOR VIOLIN Naxos
8.570202
Chamber Music
POWELL, Maud: Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1904-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110962
Chamber Music
RAFF, J.: Piano Quartets, Op. 202 (Ensemble Il Trittico) Divox
CDX-20905-6
Chamber Music
RAFF, J.: Piano Quintet in A Minor / Fantasie in G Minor / GOETZ, H.: Piano Quintet in C Minor (Ensemble Il Trittico) (Swiss Piano Quintets) Divox
CDX-20506
Chamber Music
RAFF, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 1 (Tra Nguyen) Grand Piano
GP602
Instrumental
RAFF, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (Tra Nguyen) Grand Piano
GP612
Instrumental
RAFF, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 3 (Tra Nguyen) Grand Piano
GP634
Instrumental
RAFF, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 4 (Tra Nguyen) Grand Piano
GP653
Instrumental
RAFF, J.: Symphony No. 5, "Lenore" / Dame Kobold: Overture (Swiss Italian Orchestra, Carthy) Dynamic
CDS283
Orchestral
RAFF: Aus Thuringen / Italian Suite Marco Polo
8.223194
Orchestral
RAFF: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 10 Marco Polo
8.223321
Orchestral
RAFF: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 10 Naxos
8.555491
Orchestral
RAFF: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 11 Marco Polo
8.223529
Orchestral
RAFF: Symphonies Nos. 8 and 9 Marco Polo
8.223362
Orchestral
RAFF: Symphony No. 1, "An das Vaterland" Marco Polo
8.223165
Orchestral
RAFF: Symphony No. 1, 'To the Fatherland' Naxos
8.555411
Orchestral
RAFF: Symphony No. 2 / Macbeth / Romeo and Juliet Marco Polo
8.223630
Orchestral
RAFF: Symphony No. 5, 'Lenore' Marco Polo
8.223455
Orchestral
RAFF: Symphony No. 6 / Jubel-Overture / Festmarsch Marco Polo
8.223638
Orchestral
RAFF: Symphony No. 7 / Concert Overture, Op. 123 Marco Polo
8.223506
Orchestral
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 6 Naxos
8.550215
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 6 Naxos
8.570087
Instrumental
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 4 - Transcriptions (Tianwa Yang, Hadulla) Naxos
8.572709
Chamber Music




 
 
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