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RIES, F.: Piano Sonatas and Sonatinas (Complete), Vol. 2 (Kagan) - Opp. 1, 5

Composer(s):Ries, Ferdinand
Artist(s) Kagan, Susan, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570743
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Ferdinand Ries, Beethoven’s friend and pupil, was an exceptionally gifted composer whose prophetic piano sonatas foreshadow Schubert’s poignant harmonic language, Mendelssohn’s expressively sweet melodies and Chopin’s brilliant figuration. While the sonatas and sonatinas on this disc inevitably show the influence of his teacher, Ries also explored the piano’s sonorities and expressive capacities in a uniquely personal fashion and with striking originality. Volume 1, also featuring Susan Kagan, is available on Naxos 8.570796.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,February 2009

There is a lot of attractive music in this second volume of Ries' solo piano works, with Beethoven's influence plainly evident. Yet while Ludwig grabs one by the lapels and commands attention, Ries manages to speak the same musical language in a more relaxed, less dramatic and at times fun-filled manner. In Susan Kagan, this music finds a sympathetic interpreter possessed of a thorough understanding of the style.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,January 2009

Arriving in London in 1813 from his native Germany, Ferdinand Ries became so popular as a concert pianist and composer, that eleven years later he had amassed such a personal fortune he was able to retire at the age of 40. His fatherhad taught violin to the young Beethoven, and it was to Beethoven that he had sent his son as a piano student. From therein Ries became a very active concert pianist touring extensively around Europe while composing a sizeable catalogue of works largely dominated by the piano. Eight concertos survive together with an edition of ‘Sonatas and Sonatinas’, the former works of considerable inspiration, though the solo keyboard scores lack the melodic invention that drives music into your memory. The present disc contains two sonatas and two



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