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Ries: Piano Trios / Mendelssohn Trio

Release Date: 03/22/2005 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777053   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ferdinand Ries
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn Piano Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ferdinand Ries (1784–1838) studied all the instruments of the conventional piano trio and had further piano study with Beethoven. It seems, from the booklet note, that Beethoven later accused Ries of copying him. While there are certainly similarities in style, Ries should not be perceived as a Beethoven clone. Ries’s music, whenever I have chanced upon it, has proved more than worthwhile and individual. These piano trios are splendid works, expansively conceived, and with memorable ideas that are sustained and developed very satisfyingly. Put simply, if the chamber music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn appeals, then you will derive much pleasure from these works of Ries. The first movement of the early Trio in E flat has a sparkle Read more and confidence that is beguiling, a genuine sense of purpose that maybe the remaining two movements do not equal, but both are charming. The later work is bolder and more heartfelt—the first movement’s lovely second subject could have come from Mendelssohn’s pen—and the slow movement is eloquent. The spirited finale, with some decided Beethovenian gestures, is both active and songful, and commands attention. These very sympathetic performances are ideally recorded—tangible and lucid—and the music is certainly worth discovering for both its vividness and novelty.

Colin Anderson, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 2 by Ferdinand Ries
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Studio 10, Deutschland Radio, Berlin 
Length: 29 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 10, Deutschland Radio, Berlin (04/13/2004 - 04/15/2004) 
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 143 by Ferdinand Ries
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Studio 10, Deutschland Radio, Berlin 
Length: 24 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 10, Deutschland Radio, Berlin (04/13/2004 - 04/15/2004) 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Sparkling Piano Trios March 3, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "The German composer Ferdinand Ries may not be widely known in North America, but his very high quality chamber music output is well worth exploring. This disk presents two elegant piano trios which could well be mistaken for similar compositions by his contemporary Beethoven. Like many piano trios from the Classical era, in Ries' hands it is the piano which sets and pace and provides a powerful foundation for the strings. The sonic quality of this recording is superb, as is the playing of the Mendelssohn Trio of Berlin. My guess is that upon hearing this program, most will come to regard Ries as a major discovery and want to hear more. If so, you are in luck, as CPO has issued a number of other high quality recordings of Ries' chamber music. Very definitely recommended- an enjoyable listening experience is guaranteed." Report Abuse
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