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Ferdinand Ries: Piano Sonatas & Sonatinas, Vol. 6 - Works for Piano Duet / Susan Kagan, Vassily Primakov, pianos

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> Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in C major, Op. 6, "Sonatina" - I. Allegretto
> Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in C major, Op. 6, "Sonatina" - II. Marche
> Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in C major, Op. 6, "Sonatina" - III. Andante
> Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in C major, Op. 6, "Sonatina" - IV. Rondino: Allegretto
> Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in B flat major, Op. 47 - I. Allegro moderato
> Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in B flat major, Op. 47 - II. Larghetto cantabile
> Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in B flat major, Op. 47 - III. Rondo: Allegretto
> Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in A major, Op. 160 - I. Allegro con spirito
> Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in A major, Op. 160 - II. Adagio con espressione
> Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in A major, Op. 160 - III. Finale: Allegro

Album Summary

>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonatina for 2 pianos in C major, Op. 6
>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for 2 pianos in B flat major, Op. 47
>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for 2 pianos in A major, Op. 160
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Notes & Reviews:

It was natural that the piano sonata occupied so important a place in the compositions of Ferdinand Ries, given Beethoven's friend and pupil was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of the age. He wrote only three sonatas for piano duet but they reflect, as do his solo sonatas, a perfect synthesis of classicism and incipient Romantic influence. In particular the Sonata in A major, Op. 160 is a tour de force of rich, almost orchestral writing. Fanfare lauded the previous volume in this series, adding that it was 'a voyage of discovery that guarantees to delight and fascinate.' (Volume 5: 8.572300)

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Her writing style is so good that I wish I had had the opportunity to study with her - both piano and history. Her sparkling pianism, along with Primakov, makes this one of the more enjoyable releases to come my way in a long time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY (06/12/2012-06/13/2012).



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>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonatina for 2 pianos in C major, Op. 6
  • Performers: Susan Kagan (Piano); Vassily Primakov (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY, Unites States (06/12/2012-06/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for 2 pianos in B flat major, Op. 47
  • Performers: Vassily Primakov (Piano); Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY, Unites States (06/12/2012-06/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ries, Ferdinand : Sonata for 2 pianos in A major, Op. 160
  • Performers: Vassily Primakov (Piano); Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY, Unites States (06/12/2012-06/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic