JOACHIM RAFF (1822-1882): Complete Piano Suites, Vol. 4 - No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 91, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)/RAFF: Suites Nos. 3 in C, BWV 1009 and No. 6 in D, BWV 1012.
Catalogue Number: 02O096
Label: AK Coburg
Description: This final volume brings us Raff's most-recorded (five times) suite - the Fourth of 1859. Nearly 40 minutes in length, it is one of the weightiest of Raff's compositons, with a glowering and virtuosic Fantasia e Fuga followed by a Giga con variazioni whose ominous power gives the lie to its seemingly jocund name. A Cavatina shows more familiar Raffian lyricism but gloomy romantic emotions erupt in its central section while the concludng Marcia brings the whole edifice to a rousing, virtuosic conclusion. Alexander Zolotarev (piano).