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In September of this year, Naxos released the first of two volumes devoted to Joseph Joachim Raff's five violin sonatas; it featured Nos. 1 and 2 that proved so successful after their completion in the late 1850s and early 1860s. Violinist Laurence Kayale and pianist Jean-Fabien Schneide now present the remaining three sonatas, composed in the late 1860s. Each displays its own distinct character and all three enjoyed such a positive initial reception that they continued in popularity for many years in succeeding new editions.

Joseph Joachim RAFF (1822–1882)
Complete Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2
Sonatas Nos. 3, 4 and 5

Laurence Kayaleh, Violin • Jean-Fabien Schneider, Piano

Joachim Raff enjoyed enormous prestige with a reputation as Germany’s leading symphonist of his time. He also wrote music for the violin, an instrument he had mastered when young, and for which he wrote with great sympathy. The enduring success of his first two sonatas (8.573841) prompted him to write three more: the charming, genial and joyous Sonata in D major, the symphonically conceived Sonata in G minor which, uniquely for Raff’s violin works, is cast in a single movement, and a Sonata in C minor that, while often melancholic in tone, is still suffused with his trademark lyricism.

About the Artists
Violinist Laurence Kayaleh has performed as guest soloist with many distinguished orchestras, including the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the Russian National Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington) under conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Mikhail Pletnev and Hiroshi Wakasugi. She has recorded the complete works for violin and piano by Medtner, Honegger and Catoire for Naxos. She plays a 1742 Guarneri which belonged to the eminent violinist and pedagogue Carl Flesch.
Jean-Fabien Schneider is a French Canadian pianist, regularly performing as a soloist and chamber musician in both Europe and North America. His broad musical activities range from classical concerts to the areas of musical theatre, art direction and avant-garde music. He graduated with honours from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and holds a doctorate in performance from the University of Montreal. He has won several awards in international competitions, notably First Prize in the Maria Yudina International Piano Competition.
More recordings of music by Joseph Joachim Raff
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RAFF, J.:
Piano Works

Nguyen
★★★★
‘Another top-class performance by Nguyen, her technical prowess augmented once again by an intuitive sense of expression and phrasing that brings this magical music to life.’
MusicWeb International [on Vol. 3]
★★★★★
‘This is undoubtedly one of the most convincing Raff recordings in recent years. Everything impresses. Tra Nguyen’s technical mastery and feeling for Raff’s music has never been so convincing.’
Stretto
For the complete list of Raff recordings please follow this link.


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