V. 1: Piano Sonatas and Sonati
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Ferdinand Ries, Beethoven' friend and pupil, was an exceptionally gifted composer in whose strangely prophetic piano sonatas one encounters Schubert' poignant harmonic language, Mendelssohn' expressive, sweet melodies and Chopin' brilliant figuration.
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Many sonatas by Ries even can be put next to some of Beethoven.
We are all so narrow minded that the concert repertoire contains only a handful of classical sonatas and romantics, while there is a treasure of material by gifted composers. Only cause they don't have their name sounding as a bell, they are left aside.
We must be thankful to labels like Naxos and CPO and solists who take time to invest in these little wonders.
Haven't we heard enough cycles of the Beethoven and Schubert sonatas, no...
Also we do injustice to the history of western music by neglecting hundreds of composers, whom should not be all performed of course, but take a fairly amount to fill the holes in our musical minds.
Ever since the beginning of the 20th century always the same big composers were performed time after time, countlessly...
Even the sheer titanic work of Howard Shelley in the Romantic series on Hyperion and Piers Lane did not change very much.
And do not blame the composers reputation. The public comes to hear the name of the soloist or conductor, sadly enough, so they could play whatever they want, if they would invest time in another kind of repertoire.
Nice to see lately a great pianist playing a sonata by Balakirev.
I just hope that over time musicians will start to wonder if they will play the "standards" all their life or color outside the lines.
Anyway this cd is wonderful, and very well performed.
Dussek, Hummel, ... all have had great successes on the platform by a courageous young female pianist in Wigmore Hall. She proved it is possible to bring them to the front, or combine them with a Beethoven or another great name.
See forum unsungcomposer.com with a wealth of knowledge about forgotten composers.
See youtube unsungcomposer to find performances.