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Ferdinand Ries: Complete Sonatas & Sonatinas, Vol. 4

Album Summary

>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in D major, Op. 9/1
>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in A flat major, Op. 141
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Notes & Reviews:

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 (NXS 8570796, NXS 8570743 and NXS 8572204).

"Kagan’s pedaling is a model of taste. Textures are always clear. Credit should also go the engineers and the piano technician. The superbly toned Steinway is ably caught, as are Kagan’s myriad subtleties. In short, this is a disc that guarantees much pleasure. May the explorations continue." -Fanfare

Fanfare
... Susan Kagan's ongoing Ries series for Naxos is one of that company's finest-ever endeavors. Kagan's playing is smart, stylish and, most importantly, she believes in this music. So much is her engagement, one feels that she lives and breathes Ries. Superb.

Gramophone
The present two works are a case in point. The three-movement D major Sonata (1808 lasting 30 minutes) with the shadows of Beethoven in particular, Weber and Clementi falling heavily over the accomplished and often charming handling of the material fails to establish an individual voice, the counterpoint and canon in the slow movement and the expressive theme and eight variations of the last movement notwithstanding. In the likeable A flat Sonata (1826, 28'35"), Ries seems to have been studying a lot of Schubert and Hummel in the outer movements while the central Adagio is almost pastiche Beethoven.

American Record Guide
Susan Kagan has long specialized in composers of Beethoven's time, particularly Archduke Rudolf and Ries. Her playing is wonderfully full of feeling. The recording and her notes are very good.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beethoven-Saal, Hanover, Germany (12/28/2008).



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Works Details

>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in D major, Op. 9/1
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in A flat major, Op. 141
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic