Ferdinand Ries: Piano Sonatas & Sonatinas, Vol. 3

Ferdinand Ries: Piano Sonatas & Sonatinas, Vol. 3

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by Susan Kagan

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  1. The Dream (Le Songe), for piano, Op. 49  - Ferdinand Ries  - Susan Kagan
  2. Grande Sonate Fantaisie L'Infortuné for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 26  - Ferdinand Ries  - Susan Kagan

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Ferdinand Ries: Piano Sonatas & Sonatinas, Vol. 3 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Berna_Can More than 1 year ago
Ferdinand Ries was among the first wave of virtuoso pianist-composer of the early years of the Romantic period, one who had the great distinction of studying with Beethoven. Although he composed music for diverse forces, the sheer number of his works for the piano dwarfs his efforts in other genres. As a composer, he was thought to be very much under the influence of Beethoven, and, on the basis of the two sonatas recorded here, that seems to be a fair assessment. Both, however, display moments of great melodic charm and restless forward impetus. With the third piece, entitled The Dream, we seem to be privy to Ries's more individual style, and in the thick of Romanticism; the piece has an appropriately meandering quality that shifts through diverse moods before ending on a gently playful note.