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Ries - Piano Concertos Volume 4

Concerto Pastoral in D, Op. 120
Piano Concerto in C minor, Op. 115
Introduction et Rondeau Brillant, WoO54

Christopher Hinterhuber (piano)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Uwe Grodd

New to me, this is clearly an important and thoroughly worth while series.

Each of these concertante works by Ferdinand Ries, spanning 1809-1835, was in their different ways a pleasure to hear. I suspect that they are better than some of Mendelssohn's and Chopin's, dare I say? Certainly worth exploring by academy piano students and their orchestras, rather than the regular war-horses? And for offering to enterprising competitions, such as the BBC Young Musicians?

Hinterhuber is an accomplished pianist who brings flair and subtleties to his playing of these rarities, the sort of music that is now getting a parallel currency on CD alongside the concert repertoire which is bound by promoters' assessments of concertgoers' conservatism; it doesn't take much innovation to half-empty a concert hall... Sample Christopher Hinterhuber playing Ries on a substantial YouTube video (in two parts).

I can but agree with the Naxos promotional literature which characterises this music as "intensely lyrical and yet displaying at times a rugged Beethovenian grandeur, works of impressive musical stature".

At Naxos pricing, why hesitate?

Peter Grahame Woolf



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