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The fourteen works for piano and orchestra of Ferdinand Ries stand alongside those of Hummel as the 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 concertos are works of impressive musical stature.
The three works featured on this recording span the years 1809 to 1835 and include the fascinating Concerto Pastoral, Op. 120, and the Introduction et Rondeau Brillant, WoO54, composed at the end of Ries’s long and brilliant career as a pianist-composer.
Ferdinand Ries: Piano Concerto No. 5 in D major, Op. 120, "Pastoral"
Ferdinand Ries: Piano Concerto No. 4 in C minor, Op. 115
II. Molto adagio
Ferdinand Ries: Introduction and Rondeau Brilliant, WoO 54
Introduction and Rondeau Brilliant, WoO 54
“[The Introduction and Rondeau Brillant is] a real virtuoso vehicle, to whose demands Hinterhuber rises - as in the concertos - with what seems like effortless ease and affection...If you've yet to make this composer's acquaintance, this is an excellent place to start.”