Ferdinand Ries: Complete Sonatas & Sonatinas, Vol. 5 / Susan Kagan

> Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 114 - I. Andantino cantabile
> Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 114 - II. Scherzo: Allegretto
> Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 114 - III. Allegro quasi presto
> Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op. 176 - I. Allegro non troppo
> Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op. 176 - II. Larghetto quasi andante
> Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op. 176 - III. Scherzo: Allegretto
> Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op. 176 - IV. Finale: Allegro
> Piano Sonata in B minor, WoO 11 - I. Largo molto et appassionato
> Piano Sonata in B minor, WoO 11 - II. Adagio
> Piano Sonata in B minor, WoO 11 - III. Allegro agitato

Album Summary

>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in A major, Op. 114
>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in A flat major, Op. 176
>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in B minor, WoO 11
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Robert Schumann onced praised Beethoven's protégé Ferdinand Ries for his 'remarkable originality'. Recently, pianist Susan Kagan went on to record all 14 of Ries solo piano sonatas and sonatinas, gaining critical acclaim for her eloquent advocacy of these unfairly neglected works. Bridging the divide between the Classical style of Haydn and Mozart and the Romantic impulses of Schubert and Chopin, Ries repays the listener's attention with musical drama and lyrical charm.

Fanfare
The music speaks eloquently through them. Ries's textures are surprisingly, daringly bleak at times. Even the finale brings little relief (Allegro agitato), and it ends enigmatically, with the musical equivalent of a raised eyebrow This is a remarkable work that fully deserves to sit with the two later works on the disc.

MusicWeb International
Although it can easily be rectified in a CD player, the order of works on the disc seems misjudged - a chronological arrangement would have been more satisfying, most of all because the final Allegro of op.176 is Susan Kagan's finest possible tribute to Ries's piano sonatas. On the other hand, Kagan's performance is simply marvellous throughout - she plays with sophistication, expression and humour that Ries himself would certainly have applauded. Kagan is also one of the leading published authorities on Ries's music, and provides the informative liner notes. The recording and general technical quality are once again first-rate.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beethoven-Saal, Hanover, Germany (12/28/2008-12/29/2008).



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Works Details

>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in A major, Op. 114
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in A flat major, Op. 176
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano in B minor, WoO 11
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic