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Ries: Sonatas for Violin & Piano, Vol. 2 / Grossman, Kagan

Release Date: 09/08/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573717  
Composer:  Ferdinand Ries
Performer:  Susan KaganEric Grossman
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The second volume of Ferdinand Ries’s violin sonatas furthers our exploration of music by a gifted composer who enjoyed a close and productive relationship with Beethoven as student, friend, and colleague. Filled with elegance and refinement, these three sonatas display the range of Ries’s creative gifts as a composer, skillfully synthesizing the clarity and discipline of Mozart’s Viennese Classical style with the inventiveness and freedom of the new Romanticism developing in the early 19th century. Volume 1 was regarded as ‘simply too good to miss’ by MusicWeb International. Eric Grossman is a versatile performer hailed for his flawless technique, superb musicianship, and commitment to a wide range of repertoire. A graduate of The Read more Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy De Lay, Grossman enjoys an active performing career. He has performed across the US, Europe, Korea, Japan and Cuba in recital and as a soloist. Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for violin & piano in B flat major, Op. 16/2 by Ferdinand Ries
Performer:  Susan Kagan (Piano), Eric Grossman (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806 
Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Minor, Op. 38 No. 1 by Ferdinand Ries
Performer:  Susan Kagan (Piano), Eric Grossman (Violin)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor, Op. 38 No. 2 by Ferdinand Ries
Performer:  Susan Kagan (Piano), Eric Grossman (Violin)

Customer Reviews

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 Elegant Early Romantic Age Chamber Works January 8, 2018 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "According to the CD notes accompanying this excellent Naxos recording, German composer Ferdinand Ri4es produced 18 violin sonatas with official opus numbers. Therefore, it appears that violinist Eric Grossman and pianist Susan Kagan have joined forces with Naxos to explore these refined and mature works from the time of Beethoven, Ries' friend and mentor. (I have previously commented on the first volume in this project, Naxos 8.573193). Based on the very high quality of the works and the performance, I trust that we shall see more of Ries' violin sonatas appearing in the future under Naxos' sponsorship. Simply put, you will find this disk to be a ravishing program of immediately accessible and attractive music, reflecting the glorious characteristics of late Classical and emerging Romantic Era chamber music. Recommended." Report Abuse
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