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In the Studio
March 15, 2005

Ferdinand Ries
Works for Piano and Orchestra Vol. I

Naxos 8.557638


The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Hinterhuber (piano), Uwe Grodd Conductor, Michael Folwer Centre Wellington, New Zealand
Making History

Over the past decade Naxos and its partner Artaria Editions (www.artaria.com) have introduced millions to the music of forgotten masters such as Hofmann, Vanhal and Kraus.

Our most recent recording, however, promises to be one of the most sensational. In early February, pianist Christopher Hinterhuber and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Uwe Grodd, recorded the first CD in our series of the complete works for piano and orchestra by Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838).

Ries was a prodigiously talented pianist and composer whose two most important teachers were his father Franz, who taught Beethoven, and Beethoven himself. Beethoven and Ries remained firm friends throughout their lives - helped no doubt by the fact that Ries did not live in Vienna - and Ries later co-wrote one of the most important early Beethoven biographies.

Ries enjoyed great success as a pianist and composer and among his most impressive works are the eight piano concertos which at times combine in a most appealing fashion the rugged power of Beethoven and the intense lyricism of the early Romantics. Although Ries studied piano with Beethoven his keyboard writing is closer in spirit to that of Hummel and later Chopin.

Our series of recordings will include all eight concertos as well as the smaller works for piano and orchestra.

Dr Allan Badley

Click to hear an excerpt from the first movement of Concerto No.8 in A flat 'Gruss an den Rhein' (1826). This is an un-edited run-through.

Click here for an interview about this recording with Uwe Grodd and Christopher Hinterhuber
"This interview, with Charlotte Wilson, was broadcast on Concert FM, a network of Radio New Zealand".

 


Dr Allan Badley - editor of the score and parts; Uwe Grodd; Christopher Hinterhuber

Christopher practising during the interval with the piano tuner on stand-by for 8 hours daily during the three days
 
-- Photocredit Paul McGlashan

 










 
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