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RIES, F.: Piano Sonatas and Sonatinas (Complete), Vol. 6 (Kagan, Primakov) - Opp. 6, 47, 160

Composer(s):Ries, Ferdinand
Artist(s) Kagan, Susan, piano • Primakov, Vassily, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.573063
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


It was natural that the piano sonata occupied so important a place in the compositions of Ferdinand Ries, given Beethoven’s friend and pupil was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of the age. He wrote only three sonatas for piano duet but they reflect, as do his solo sonatas, a perfect synthesis of classicism and incipient Romantic influence. In particular the Sonata in A major, Op 160 is a tour de force of rich, almost orchestral writing. Fanfare lauded the previous volume in this series, adding that it was ‘a voyage of discovery that guarantees to delight and fascinate’. (Volume 5: 8.572300)


   




Review By David Denton,David’s Review Corner,August 2013

You can picture the teacher sat next to the childhood pupil as they enjoy playing the four short movements of the C major Sonatina pretending it is grown-up music. Taught the piano by Beethoven, it was only with Ferdinand Ries’s move to England in 1813 that, at the age of twenty-nine, he was to find fame and fortune as a keyboard virtuoso at a time when there was a dearth of home-grown pianists. The piano dominated his output with eight surviving concertos and a collection of Sonatas and Sonatinas, of which this is the sixth volume in a complete recorded cycle. It contains music for four hands at one piano, and after that opening Sonatina, we come to more weighty sonatas including his final four hand work, the opus 160 in A major. Originally called the Grande it is an imposing score that takes its inspiration as much from Schubert as from Beethoven. It allows both pianists to flex their fingers in an extended opening movement…Ries sends his audience home with a happy finale. The short Sonata in B flat is pleasing…The American pianist, Susan Kagan, and her American-trained Russian colleague, Vassily Primakov, play the music with obvious delight and ample technique for the A major Sonata. Good quality studio sound. © David’s Review Corner

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