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RIES, F.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2 (Hinterhuber, Grodd) - No. 3 / Introduction and Polonaise / Variations on Swedish National Airs

Composer(s):Ries, Ferdinand
Artist(s) Grodd, Uwe, Conductor • Gavle Symphony OrchestraHinterhuber, Christopher, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.557844
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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As one of the greatest pianists in Europe of his time and a composer of exceptional ability, it is surprising that the name Ferdinand Ries is not better known today. His eight piano concertos stand alongside those of Hummel as the most important works of their kind from the early 19th century. Intensely lyrical and yet displaying at times a rugged Beethovenian power, Ries’s concertos are works of impressive musical stature. The Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, composed in Russia in 1812, is a striking work full of spirit and boundless invention. Its companion pieces are no less remarkable in their brilliant juxtapositions of dazzling virtuoso display and passages of exceptional lyrical beauty.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,October 2007

Ries was born the same year as Beethoven, became his pupil, and in time evolved into his personal secretary and amanuensis, up to the time of the master's death. Ries was not lacking in ambition or talent - as evidenced in this recording of the Piano concerto in c sharp and the two other 'pieces d'occasion'. It's an excellent concerto (one of eight), and was born (as was the Swedish National Airs & Variations) out of a requirement for becoming a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Beethoven's influence is evident - not a bad thing - and the performance by pianist Hinterhuber sparkles, with excellent support from the orchestra and sonics to match.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,September 2007

Franz Anton Ries taught the young Beethoven, and it was Beethoven who then became the piano teacher for his son, Ferdinand, this relationship growing to a lasting friendship. Born in Germany in 1784, Fedinand’s move to London in 1813 changed his life, the dearth of quality musicians there placing him as the England’s finest pianist-composer of his time. He was to build such a personal fortune that at the age of 40 he retired, returning with his English wife to his native Rhineland. He had composed a sizeable catalogue including stage works and symphonies, though it was music involving the piano that dominated his output. Eight concertos have survived, those numbered 2 - 9 being for piano, numbers six and eight having appeared in an earlier Naxos



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