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Ries: Symphonies No 4 & 6 / Griffiths, Zürcher Co


Release Date: 03/18/2003 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999836   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ferdinand Ries
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Ries imitates me too greatly," was Beethoven's complaint about his one-time pupil and devoted disciple. Indeed, in Ries' 1818 Symphony No. 4 the Beethovenian fingerprints are everywhere, most certainly in the carbon-copy orchestration but also in key features of his master's style: the abrupt dynamic contrasts, driving rhythms, and those ubiquitous dominant-seventh tutti chords. As the work proceeds from its dramatic, Fidelio-like introduction, hints of passages from Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth pop in and out. The finale seems to borrow a bit from Beethoven's Fourth, while the scherzo quotes nearly verbatim a passage from Symphony No. 1. Derivative? Perhaps, but enjoyable nonetheless.


Symphony No. 6 is
Read more another story altogether, as by 1822 Ries had broken free of his earlier style and began to move in his own direction. The Sixth is a dramatic, harmonically rich work reminiscent of Weber, Mendelssohn, and Schumann, though at times the music's high-romantic styling and mode of expression seem to point to early Wagner (especially in the first movement) or even Bruckner (the heavy-treading scherzo and the serenely beautiful larghetto). Howard Griffiths' lively conducting and the committed and enthusiastic playing of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra make a strong case for these intriguing symphonies, while CPO's spacious, dynamic, and detailed recording makes this disc easily recommendable.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4, Op. 110 by Ferdinand Ries
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1822; Germany 
2.
Symphony no 6 in D major, Op. 146 by Ferdinand Ries
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1822; London, England 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 4 in F major, Op. 110: I. Andante - Allegro
Symphony No. 4 in F major, Op. 110: II. Andantino
Symphony No. 4 in F major, Op. 110: III. Scherzo: Allegro
Symphony No. 4 in F major, Op. 110: IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 146: I. Larghetto con moto - Allegro
Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 146: II. Menuetto: Moderato
Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 146: III. Larghetto con moto
Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 146: IV. Finale: Allegro con brio

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