Notes & Reviews:
Beethoven's gifted pupil Ferdinand Ries was never entirely forgotten, but it is only in recent years that cpo and Hermann Max dedicated themselves with great success to the rediscovery of this spirited late classicist and romanticist. His oratorio Der Sieg des Glaubens heard here for the first time since 1829, celebrates the triumph of believers of gentle heart.
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the premiere performance was an overwhelming success. Ries was thrilled, calling his new oratorio "the greatest and most highly effective work that I have written." Music of Ries' contemporaries, Schumann, Mendelssohn and especially Beethoven came to mind listening to this vigorous and gripping music. Above all, it is Ries' rousing music for chorus, and how it is punctuated by the instruments in his orchestra, that impressed me the most ... read more ...
American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The performance is all you could ask for: very well sung and played with Hermann Max keeping a high level of excitement from beginning to end. This is highly recommended to anyone interested in Ries or the oratorio in 19th Century Germany.
Recording information: Knechtsteden, Klosterbasilika (09/17/2009-09/19/2009).
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- Conductor: Hermann Max
- Ensemble: Rheinische Kantorei
- Notes: Knechtsteden, Klosterbasilika (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
- Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 1829