Works for Piano and Orchestra Vol. I
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Hinterhuber
(piano), Uwe Grodd Conductor, Michael Folwer Centre Wellington,
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.
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).
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.
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.
of recordings will include all eight concertos as well as
the smaller works for piano and orchestra.