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RIES, F.: Piano Sonatas and Sonatinas (Complete), Vol. 1 (Kagan) - Opp. 11, 45

Composer(s):Ries, Ferdinand
Artist(s) Kagan, Susan, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570796
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Ferdinand Ries, Beethoven’s friend and pupil, was an exceptionally gifted composer in whose strangely prophetic piano sonatas one encounters Schubert’s poignant harmonic language, Mendelssohn’s expressive, sweet melodies and Chopin’s brilliant figuration. This recording features the magisterial Sonatas, Op.11 (Paris 1807-08) and the lovely Sonatina in A minor, Op.45 which was composed during Ries’s eventful concert tour in Russia during 1811-12.


   




Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,September 2008

The works of Beethoven's friend and erstwhile pupil Ferdinand Ries are not to be dismissed as anything less than accomplished, even if Ludwig's shadow often looms over them. Susan Kagan brings a master's touch and serious approach to these two lovely sonatas, elevating them to a perhaps higher plane than they merit, but all in good taste and impeccable artistry. The sonatina is a delightful topping to this delicious offering.








 

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