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Ferdinand Ries: Piano Sonatas & Sonatinas, Vol. 3

Album Summary

>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in C major, Op. 9/2
>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 26 ("L'infortunee")
>Ries, Ferdinand : The Dream (Le Songe), for piano, Op. 49
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Notes & Reviews:

A virtuoso pianist, Ferdinand Ries began composing piano sonatas at a time when the genre was undergoing significant changes from the models of Haydn and Mozart to new developments by Clementi, Beethoven and Hummel. Ries also pre-figures Schubert's poignant harmonic language, Mendelssohn's expressive sweetness and Chopin's brilliant figurations, notably in The Dream. Opening with a stately polonaise in rondo form, Ries' C major Sonata concludes with a thrilling perpetuum mobile finale. In his only named sonata, The Unfortunate, the influence of Beethoven's Pathetique is apparent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS), Astoria (Queens), New Yo.



Reviews

Reveries of a Romantic pianist-composer
Ferdinand Ries was among the first wave of virtuoso pianist-composer of the early years of the Romantic period, one who had the great distinction of studying with Beethoven. Although he composed music for diverse forces, the sheer number of his works for the piano dwarfs his efforts in other genres. As a composer, he was thought to be very much under the influence of Beethoven, and, on the basis of the two sonatas recorded here, that seems to be a fair assessment. Both, however, display moments of great melodic charm and restless forward impetus. With the third piece, entitled The Dream, we seem to be privy to Ries’s more individual style, and in the thick of Romanticism; the piece has an appropriately meandering quality that shifts through diverse moods before ending on a gently playful note.
Submitted on 09/15/10 by Berna Can 
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>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in C major, Op. 9/2
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 26 ("L'infortunée")
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ries, Ferdinand : The Dream (Le Songe), for piano, Op. 49
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1814