FERDINAND RIES (1784-1838): Piano Concertos, Vol. 2 - in C Sharp Minor, Op. 55, Swedish National Airs with Variations, Op. 52, Introduction and Polonaise, Op. 174.
Catalogue Number: 10J039
Description: Fourth in order of composition, the concerto dates from 1812 and is noteable for its intensely lyrical writing, rhythmic subtlety of the accompaniments and varieties of keyboard color. The shadow of Beethoven appears at times but this is Ries' own voice, which is also the case in the companion pieces, of which the late (1833) op. 174 shows how little Ries changed stylistically since the time of the concerto. Christopher Hinterhuber (piano), Gävle Symphony Orchestra; Uwe Grodd.