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CD reviews: Index

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Symphonies No.1 An das Vaterland op.96, No.2 op.140, No.3 Im Walde op.153, No.4 op.167, No.5 Lenore op.177, No.6 op.189, No.7 In den Alpen op.201, No.8 Frühlingsklänge op.205, No.9 Im Sommer op.208, No.10 Zur Herbstzeit op.213 & No.11 Der Winter op.214, Suites for Orchestra No.1 op.101, No.2 In Ungarische Weise op.194, Italienische WoO.35 & Aus Türingen WoO.45, Overtures to the operas: Dame Kobold op.154, Die Parole WoO.29 & Benedetto Marcello WoO.46, Concert Overture op.123, Abends-Rhapsodie op163b & Orchestral arrangement of JS Bach's Chaconne for solo violin WoO.39
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair
Tudor 1600 2009 DDD 10:36:00 (9 CDs)

Symphony No.1 "To the Fatherland" op.96
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair
Tudor 7099 2001 DDD 67:47

Symphony No.1 "To the Fatherland" op.96
Rhenish Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Samuel Friedman
Naxos 8.555411 1988/2001 DDD 70:23

Symphony No.2 op.140 and Suite for Orchestra "Aus Thüringen" WoO.45
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair
Tudor 7102 2002 DDD 72:50

Symphony No.2 op.140, Orchestral Preludes to Shakespeare's Plays: The Tempest WoO.49, Macbeth WoO.50, Romeo & Juliet WoO.51 and Othello WoO.52  
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Chandos CHSA 5117 2013 DDD SACD 77:47

Symphony No.3 "In the Forest" op.153 and "Italian" Suite for Orchestra WoO.35
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair
Tudor 7088 2001 DDD 76:50

Symphony No.3 "In the Forest" op.153 and Symphony No.10 "To the Autumntime" op.213
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Košice), Conductor: Urs Schneider
Naxos 8.555491 2003 DDD 69:34

Symphony No.4 op.167, Concert Overture op.123, Overtures to the Operas: "Die Parole" WoO.29, "Dame Kobold" op.154 and "Benedetto Marcello" Woo.46
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair
Tudor 7113 2004 DDD 64:55

Symphony No.5 Lenore op.177 and Nos.3-6 from Six Pieces op.85 (in orchestral arrangements)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Conductor: Yondani Butt, Solo violin: Yuko Nishino
ASV DCA 1000 1997 DDD 73:25

Symphony No.5 Lenore op.177 and Orchestral Suite No.1 op.101
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair
Tudor 7077 2000 DDD 73:25

Symphony No.5Lenore op.177 and "Dame Kobold" Overture op.154
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Conductor: Nicholas Carthy
Dynamic CDS 283 2000 DDD 55:25

Symphony No.6 op.189 & Orchestral Suite No.2 "Hungarian" op.194
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair
Tudor 7108 2003 DDD 69:12

Symphony No.7 "In the Alps " op.201, Orchestral arrangement of J.S. Bach's Chaconne for solo violin WoO.39 and "Evening Rhapsody" op.163b
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair
Tudor 7117 2004 DDD 61:23

Symphony No.7 "In the Alps " op.201, Celebration Overture op.103
Philharmonia Hungarica, Conductor: Werner Andreas Albert
cpo 999 289 2004 DDD 65:38

Symphony No.8 "Sounds of Spring " op.205 and Symphony No.10 "To the Autumntime" op.213
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair
Tudor 7127 2005 DDD 69:03

Symphony No.9 "In the Summer " op.208 and Symphony No.11 "The Winter " op.214
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair
Tudor 7120 2005 DDD 73:38

Symphony No.8 "Sounds of Spring " op.205, Symphony No.9 "In Summer" op.208, Symphony No.10 "To the Autumntime " op.208 and Symphony No.11 "The Winter" op.214
Philharmonia Hungarica, Conductor: Werner Andreas Albert
cpo 536 2004 DDD 152:23 (2CDs)

De Profundis op.140, Te Deum WoO.16, Vier Marianischen Antiphonen WoO.27, Pater Noster WoO.32 and Ave Maria WoO.33
Karlstad Kammerchör, Stockholm Singers, Susanna Andersson (soprano), Göteburg Operaorkester, conducted by Henrik Schaefer and Bo Aurehl.
Sterling CDS 1098 2012 DDD 79:59

Concertante: Die Tageszeiten for choir, piano & orchestra op.209, Cantata: Die Sterne WoO.53, Morgenlied and Einer Entschlafenen op.186
Sångkraft Chamber Choir; Tra Nguyen, piano; Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera, Umeå, conducted by Andrea Quinn
Sterling CDS 1089 2010 DDD 79:52

Romantic Concertos Vol.1 - Piano Concerto op.185 and Moritz Moszkowski: Piano Concerto op.59
Michael Ponti, piano with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Vogtland Theatre, Plauen. Conductor: Paul Theissen
Dante PSG 9655 1996 DDD 65:14

Suite for Piano & Orchestra op.200, Overtures: Die Eifersüchtigen & König Alfred, Prelude & Die Dornhecke Intermezzo from Dornröschen, Prelude: Act III of Samson
Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera, Umeå, conducted by Roland Kluttig. Tra Nguyen, piano.
Sterling CDS-1085 2009 DDD 77:1446

Violin Concerto No.1 op.161, Suite for Solo Violin & Orchesta op.180 & La fée d'amour op.67
Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera, Conductor: Andrea Quinn, Violin: Tobias Ringborg.
Sterling CDS 1075 2008 DDD 76:52

Violin Concerto No.2 op.206, Cavatine from Six Pieces op.85, Ungrischer op.203 no.5 and Violin Concerto No.1 op.161 (arr. Wilhelmj)
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair, Violinist: Michaela Paetsch Neftel
Tudor 7086 2000 DDD 70:07

Cello Concerto No.1 op.193, Cello Concerto No.2 WoO.44, "Begegnung" for Cello & Piano op.86 No.1 and Duo for Cello & piano op.59
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair, Cello: Daniel Müller-Schott, Piano: Robert Kulek.
Tudor 7121 2004 DDD 76:26

Cello Concerto No.1 op.193 and Orchestral arrangement of J.S.Bach's Chaconne for solo violin WoO.39, Carl Reinecke: Cello Concerto op.82 and 4 movements from "Biblical Pictures"
Tübingen Physician's Orchestra, Conductor: Norbert Kirchmann, Cellist: Thomas Blees
RBM CD 465 108 1999 DDD 76:16

Four Shakespeare Preludes: "Der Sturm" WoO.49, "Macbeth" WoO.50, "Romeo & Juliet" WoO.51, "Othello" WoO.52, Elegie WoO.48 and Festival Overture op.117
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Hans Stadlmair
Tudor 7128 2004 DDD 65:46

"Bach Transcriptions" - nine orchestral transcriptions of music by J.S. Bach including Raff's Orchestral arrangement of the Chaconne for solo violin WoO.39
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Leonard Slatkin
Chandos CHAN 9835 2000 DDD 73:03

String Sextet op.178 and Piano Quintet op.107
Ensemble Villa Musica
MDG 304 1181 2003 DDD 65:47

Piano Quintet op.102 & Fantasie for Piano Quintet op.207b and Hermann Goetz: Piano Quintet op.16
Il Trittico with Davis Greenlees, viola; Anahit Kurtikyan (Raff), violin and Dariusz Mizera, double bass (Goetz)
Divox CDX-20506 2008 DDD 79:08

Piano Quartet No.1 in G op.202 no.2 and Piano Quartet No.2 in C minor op.202.no.2
Il Trittico with Davis Greenlees, viola
Divox CDX-20905 2011 Hybrid SACD 78:09

String Quartet No.1 op.77 and String Quartet No.7 "Die schöne Müllerin" op.192 No.2
Quartetto di Milano
Tudor 7079 2000 DDD 68:56

String Quartet No.2 op.90 and String Quartet No.6 "Suite in älterer form" op.192 No.1
Quartetto di Milano
Tudor 7116 2004 DDD 67:44

String Quartet No.6 "Suite in älterer form" op.192 No.1 and String Quartet No.7 "Die schöne Müllerin" op.192 No.2
Mannheim String Quartet
cpo 777 003 2004 DDD 63:54

Piano Trio No.1 op.102, Piano Trio No.2 op.112, Piano Trio No.3 op.155 and Piano Trio No.4 op.158
Il Trittico
Arte Nova 74321888332 2001 DDD 2CDs 64:42 & 64:42

Piano Trio No.1 op.102 and Ernest Bloch: Three Noctuners, Arthur Honegger: Piano Trio in F & Frank Martin: Piano Trio on Popular Irish Folk Tunes
Trio Nota Bene
Claves CD 50-2912 2009 DDD 56:21

Piano Trio No.1 op.102 and Piano Trio No.4 op.158
Trio Opus 8
CPO 999 616 2001 DDD 61:12

Piano Trio No.2 op.112 and Piano Trio No.3 op.155
Trio Opus 8
CPO 999 800 2001 DDD 64:42

Violin Sonata No.1 op.73, Violin Sonata No.3 op.128 and Violin Sonata No.4 "Chromatische Sonate" op.129
Ariadne Daskalakis, violin & Roglit Ishay, piano
Tudor 7122 2004 DDD 71:37

Violin Sonata No.2 op.78 and Violin Sonata No.5 op.145
Ariadne Daskalakis, violin & Roglit Ishay, piano
Tudor 7129 2006 DDD 65:55

Violin Sonata No.1 op.73, Two Fantasy Pieces op.58, Duo op.59 & Duo op.63 no.2 on motifs from Wagner's "Tannhaüser"
Ingolf Turban,violin & Jascha Nemtsov, piano
CPO 999 767 2002 DDD 71:53

Violin Sonata No.2 op.78, Six Morceaux op.85 & Duo op.63 no.3 on motifs from Wagner's "Lohengrin"
Ingolf Turban,violin & Jascha Nemtsov, piano
CPO 999 768 2003 DDD 67:09

Violin Sonata No.3 op.128, Aus der Schweitz op.57, Sonatillen op.99 Nos.4-7 & Duo op.63 no.1 on motifs from Wagner's "Der Fleigende Holländer "
Ingolf Turban,violin & Jascha Nemtsov, piano
CPO 999 769 2004 DDD 61:45

Violin Sonata No.4 Chromatische, Violin Sonata No.5 & Sonatillen op.99 nos.1-3, 9 & 10
Ingolf Turban,violin & Jascha Nemtsov, piano
CPO 777 006 2007 DDD 64:18

Ten Sonatilles op.99 and Six Morceaux op.85
Michaela Paetsch Neftel, violin & Eric Le Van, piano
Tudor 7109 2003 DDD 67:45

"Opera Fantasies" - nine fantasies on themes from popular operas including Raff's Duo for piano & violin on motifs from Richard Wagner's Lohengrin op.63 no.3
Livia Sohn, violin and Benjamin Loeb, piano
Naxos 8.570202 2007 DDD 66:15

Sanges-Frühling op.98: Nos.1,4,5,10,12,13,14,15,16,17, 21,22,23,26 & 30 and Maria Stuart Lieder op.172: Nos.9,10,11 & 12
Andrea Meláth, mezzo-soprano & Emese Virág, piano
Hungaroton HCD 32256 2004 DDD 61:29

Fantasie-Sonate op.168, Piano Sonata op.14 (2nd. ver.) and Trois Morceaux op.2
Valentina Seferinova, piano
Cahoots CAH 001 2002 DDD 61:50

Piano Sonata op.14 (2nd. version) and Piano Suite No.4 op.91
Adrian Ruiz, piano
Genesis GCD118 2012 DDD 67:45

Piano Suite in A minor op.69, Piano Suite in E minor op.72, Transcription of J.S. Bach's Suites No.4 in E flat major and No.5 in C minor for solo cello WoO.30 nos.4 & 5
Alexander Zolotarev, piano
AK Coburg DR 0008 2004 DDD 78:51

Piano Suite in C major op.71, Piano Suite in G minor op.162, Transcription of J.S. Bach's Suite No.1 in G major for solo cello WoO.30 no.1
Alexander Zolotarev, piano
AKCoburg DR 0006 2004 DDD 69:17

Piano Suite in D minor op.91, Transcription of J.S. Bach's Suites No.3 in C major and No.6 in D major for solo cello WoO.30 nos.3 & 6
Alexander Zolotarev, piano
AK Coburg DR 0009 2004 DDD 79:26

Piano Suite in D minor op.91, Julius Reubke: Piano Sonata in B flat minor
Andrea Carnevali, piano
Phoenix Classics PH 99508 2003 DDD 74:25

Piano Suite in G major op.163, Piano Suite in B flat major op.204, Transcription of J.S. Bach's Suite No.2 in D minor for solo cello WoO.30 no.2
Alexander Zolotarev, piano
AK Coburg DR 0007 2004 DDD 77:10

"Raff Piano Works vol.1" - Fantaisie WoO.15A, Frühlingsboten op.55 & Drei Klavier-soli op.74
Tra Nguyen, piano
Grand Piano GP602 2012 DDD 76:47

"Raff Piano Works vol.2" - Fantasie-Sonate op.168, Variationen über ein Originalthema op.179 & Four piano pieces op196
Tra Nguyen, piano
Grand Piano GP612 2012 DDD 63:07

"Raff Piano Works vol.3" - Album Lyrique Op.17, Cinq Eglogues Op.105, Impromptu-Valse Op.94, Fantaisie-Polonaise.
Tra Nguyen, piano
Grand Piano GP634 2012 DDD 76:33

"Transfigured Mozart" - eight piano arrangements of music by Mozart including Raff's Reminiscenzen aus Mozart's Don Juan op.45
Petronel Malan, piano
Hänssler Classic CD 98.231 2006 DDD 73:48

"Transfigured Beethoven" - eight piano arrangements of music by Beethoven including Raff's Transcription of the Romance for Violin & Orchestra No.1 op.40
Petronel Malan, piano
Hänssler Classic CD 98.286 2008 DDD 78:32

"Paraphrases Brillantes" - Trovatore et Traviata: Deux Paraphrases de Salon d'aprés Verdi op.70 and seven paraphrases for flute and piano of famous 19th. century operas
Catherine Sarasin, piano & Miriam Terragni, flute
Guild GMCD 7345 2010 DDD 64:32

"Bach Transcriptions" - six piano transcriptions of music by J.S. Bach including Raff's Transcription of the Suite No.1 for solo cello WoO.30 no.1
Alexander Zolotarev, piano
Ars FCD 368 388 2000 DDD 58:38

"Five Great Chaconnes" - piano transcriptions by Brahms, Busoni, Liszt & Raff of music by J.S.Bach and Handel.
Walid Akl, piano
Pavane ADW 7255 1991 DDD 74:54

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