Despite the abundance and the high quality of Joachim Raff’s songs, this part of his composition is little known and documented – in contrast to his instrumental works, which are recorded several times. Raff’s song writing is still hardly a subject of music-historical research. We very much hope and wish that this recording, which consists exclusively of premieres, can interest somebody in Raff’s songs – so that we more often can find them in concerts. While Joachim Raff was in Liszt's employ, the older composer encouraged his younger colleague to devote his efforts to creating religious music literature. Raff was rather more interested in keyboard and vocal music in general and the theatre in particular. In July 1853, Raff composed his setting of the Te Deum, a rare concession to Liszt's encouragement on a commission from the Roman Catholic Church in Weimar.