RIES Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, "Pastoral", Volume 4

“[The Introduction and Rondeau Brillant is] a real virtuoso vehicle, to whose demands Hinterhuber rises - as in the concertos - with what seems like effortless ease and affection...If you've yet to make this composer's acquaintance, this is an excellent place to start.” --International Record Review, January 2011

“Christopher Hinterhuber sounds very comfortable in this music; his playing has sufficient sparkle, and he tempers his virtuosity with good taste. The accompaniments are fine too, the sonics very good. Both [works] show Ries at his best.” --ClassicsToday.com, December 2014 

Christopher Hinterhuber (piano) - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Uwe Grodd

The fourteen works for piano and orchestra of Ferdinand Ries stand alongside those of Hummel as the most important of their kind from the early decades of the 19th Century.

Intensely lyrical and yet displaying at times a rugged Beethovenian grandeur, Ries’s concertos are works of impressive musical stature.

The three works featured on this recording span the years 1809 to 1835 and include the fascinating Concerto Pastoral, Op. 120, and the Introduction et Rondeau Brillant, WoO54, composed at the end of Ries’s long and brilliant career as a pianist-composer.

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