Ferdinand Ries: Piano Sonatas and Sonatinas, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Ferdinand Ries was Beethoven's student and a fine pianist who gave the premiere of his teacher's "Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37." His own music is clearly in Beethoven's debt, but it was popular enough to hold its own in the early nineteenth century. Ries certainly understood Beethoven's revolutionary innovations quickly enough. The two sonatas on this disc, although not published until 1817, were composed in 1807 or 1808, and they are full of attempts to replicate Beethoven's dramatic strokes. Consider the D flat major opening of the slow introduction of the "Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 11/2," and the way the implications of the unstable tonality are carried ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Ferdinand Ries was Beethoven's student and a fine pianist who gave the premiere of his teacher's "Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37." His own music is clearly in Beethoven's debt, but it was popular enough to hold its own in the early nineteenth century. Ries certainly understood Beethoven's revolutionary innovations quickly enough. The two sonatas on this disc, although not published until 1817, were composed in 1807 or 1808, and they are full of attempts to replicate Beethoven's dramatic strokes. Consider the D flat major opening of the slow introduction of the "Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 11/2," and the way the implications of the unstable tonality are carried through the movement. The "Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 11/1," is very different in mood, akin in spirit to many of Beethoven's lighter works. The serene opening movement with its noble second theme is unusually pleasant among the works by Ries that have appeared on disc thus far. The basic thematic material has a squareness that Beethoven wouldn't have tolerated, and the key to a successful performance of these works is a restrained interpretation that seeks to bring out the composer's thought processes rather than injecting a level of drama that really isn't there. This is exactly what American pianist Susan Kagan delivers. She is conventional where Ries is conventional in the Russian-style variations that conclude the E flat sonata, and in the little Clementi-like "Sonatina for piano in A minor, Op. 45", and she lets her language become more flexible and more fantasy-like in the adventurous opening sonata-form movements, and more imposing in the F minor sonata's energetic tarantella finale. The studio sound is neutral and doesn't overwhelm the music's modest virtues. Recommended for anyone interested in Beethoven's circle or in early Romanticism.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313079674
  • Catalog Number: 8570796
  • Sales rank: 396,672

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 11/2 - Ferdinand Ries & Susan Kagan (19:39)
  2. 4–6 Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 11/1 - Ferdinand Ries & Susan Kagan (21:53)
  3. 7–8 Sonatina for piano in A minor, Op. 45 - Ferdinand Ries & Susan Kagan (8:23)
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Susan Kagan Primary Artist
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