Classics of the Phonograph

Joachim Raff

portrait of Raff, 1878

Raff, 1878 (published in John Knowles Paine's Famous Composers, Vol. 2, 1891) By Mondel & Jacob - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3a02067.This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyrigh

When he died in 1888, Joachim Raff was one of the most famous of European classical composers. Within a generation his fame had shrunk to a piece of salon music. Now all of his 11 symphonies are on CD, as well as his concertos and other orchestral works. The question remains, when will this recording activity be reflected in live performances?

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear movements of his symphonies.