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Ferdinand Ries: Piano Concertos, Vol. 5 - Concertos Opp. 42 & 177; Introduction et Rondeau Brillant / Christopher Hinterhuber, piano

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> Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 42 - I. Allegro con brio
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 42 - II. Larghetto
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 42 - III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
> Introduction et Rondeau brillant, Op. 144 - Introduction et Rondeau brillant, Op. 144
> Piano Concerto No. 9 in G minor, Op. 177 - I. Allegro con brio
> Piano Concerto No. 9 in G minor, Op. 177 - II. Larghetto con moto
> Piano Concerto No. 9 in G minor, Op. 177 - III. Rondo: Allegretto

Album Summary

>Ries, Ferdinand : Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 42
>Ries, Ferdinand : Introduction et Rondeau brillant, for piano & orchestra, WoO 54
>Ries, Ferdinand : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 177
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The fourteen works for piano and orchestra of Ferdinand Ries stand alongside those of Hummel as the finest and most important of their kind from the early decades of the 19th century. Intensely lyrical and yet displaying at times a rugged Beethovenian grandeur, Ries's eight concertos are works of impressive musical stature. In this fifth and final recording we encounter the first and last of his published concertos and the virtuosic Rondeau brillant, Op. 144. "Sparkling performances... the recording is first rate." (Penguin Guide on Vol. 3, 8570440). After winning several top prizes at international piano competitions in Leipzig, Saarbrücken, Pretoria, Zurich and Vienna, Christopher Hinterhuber performed as 'Rising Star' 2002/3 at the major European concert halls and Carnegie Hall, New York. The New Zealand based German conductor and flautist Uwe Grodd first gained worldwide recognition when he won First Prize at the Cannes Classical Awards 2000 for the Best Eighteenth Century Orchestral Recording with his CD of Symphonies by J.B. Vanhal (8554341).

Infodad.com
This fifth volume of Ries' piano-and-orchestra compositions closes this particular Naxos sequence at the same high level it has had since it started - and will whet listeners' appetites for future series rediscovering works by other now-neglected composers.

MusicWeb International
... this series has been and remains consistently recommendable and the recording sounds fine... If you haven't been following the series you may as well start here - and you'll probably be tempted to obtain some or all of the earlier volumes.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012
Despite his admiration for Beethoven, Ries seems closer to Hummel in these elegantly turned out Concertos. Hinterhuber and Grodd are engaging advocates.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
Grodd offers...an imposing exposition, taken up by Hinterhuber who is equally aware of its quality. 'Skilful industry' wasn't Ries's only attribute.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (09/12/2011-09/14/2011).



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>Ries, Ferdinand : Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 42
  • Performer: Christopher Hinterhuber (Piano)
  • Conductor: Uwe Grodd
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (09/12/2011-09/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Ries, Ferdinand : Introduction et Rondeau brillant, for piano & orchestra, WoO 54
  • Performer: Christopher Hinterhuber (Piano)
  • Conductor: Uwe Grodd
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (09/12/2011-09/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ries, Ferdinand : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 177
  • Performer: Christopher Hinterhuber (Piano)
  • Conductor: Uwe Grodd
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (09/12/2011-09/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto