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RIES, F.: Piano Sonatas and Sonatinas (Complete), Vol. 4 (Kagan) - Op. 9, No. 1 and Op. 141

Composer(s):Ries, Ferdinand
Artist(s) Kagan, Susan, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572299
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Susan Kagan is an eloquent advocate and sympathetic interpreter of Ferdinand Ries’s piano sonatas and sonatinas, on which she is an acknowledged authority. While clearly indebted to his teacher Beethoven, Ries was nonetheless praised by Schumann for his ‘remarkable originality’ and eagerly explored the expressive potential of the piano, often anticipating the achievements of Chopin or Schubert. ‘[Ries is] a composer whose music deserves to be heard’ (Fanfare). Volumes 1–3 are also available (8.570796, 8.570743 and 8.572204).


Review By Kevin Bryan,Halesowen News,February 2011

The latest Naxos offering from pianist Susan Kagan continues her exploration of the music of German born Ferdinand Ries. This prodigious composer was a friend and pupil of Beethoven, and although fate sadly decreed that he would be condemned to live his life in the shadow of his illustrious teacher much of Ries’ music does possess an innately poetic and expressive charm. The natural empathy that Kagan felt for his work prompted her to embark on a series of recordings covering the complete cycle of fourteen Ries’ piano sonatas, and classical music lovers owe her a debt of gratitude for rescuing these attractive keyboard creations from the undeserved obscurity that they’ve been languishing in for the past two centuries or so.

Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,February 2011

It’s a pleasant feeling to know in advance that the recording one is about to hear will consist of well performed, good music. In this, Susan Kagan’s fourth album of Ries’ solo keyboard works, one is treated to on the one hand an early work that clearly reflects the influence of Beethoven, Ries’ teacher (Op.9), and on the other, a glimpse anticipating Chopin (Op.141)—an interesting juxtaposition that Maestra Kagan exploits to stunning advantage. Her playing flows naturally, and the piano sound is warm yet brilliant. A pleasure throughout.


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