JOACHIM RAFF (1822-1882): Works for Violin and Piano, Vol. 4 - Sonata No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 129, Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 145, Sonatillen, Op. 99, Nos. 1-3, 9 & 10.
Catalogue Number: 09J040
Reference: 777 006
Description: Although Tudor released the fifth sonata last year, distribution difficulties have prevented it from being offered in these pages. But now, cpo have taken care of the problem with this new release and we are not surprised to find yet one more affirmation of the goodness of life, although this time there is a progression from minor-key anxiety to major-key well-being (but never any doubt that we're going to get there), with a brilliant and delightful tribute to Mendelssohn in the scherzo. The 1867 Chromatic Sonata, a single-movement work of 15 minutes whose harmonic asperity and unusual piano writing suggest a reduction of an orchestral piece. It was dedicated to Vieuxtemps and suggests such other Romantic experiments as Spohr's Violin Concerto No. 8 and the Weimar composers Liszt and Draeseke. The Sonatillen were originally solo piano sonatinas, of three, four and three movements respectively (which explains why cpo is offering them in sections), which were written in 1861. Raff arranged them in 1880 for violin and piano and they work equally well as stand-alone pieces since there is almost no thematic connections across the movements. Ingolf Turban (violin), Jascha Nemtsov (piano).