Ferdinand Ries: Complete Works for Cello and Piano, Volume 1
Catalog Number: J119

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ARTISTS
Nancy Green, CELLIST
Babette Hierholzer, PIANIST
 
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REPERTOIRE
Duo Concertant on Russian Songs, Op. 72
Sonata in A Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 21
Allegro
Andantino quasi allegretto
Allegretto
Allegro ma non troppo
Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op.125
Grave - Allegro
Larghetto con moto
Rondo: Allegretto
Romance in G Major (from Op. 86, no. 2)
 
The Complete Works for Cello and Piano by Ferdinand Ries, vol. 1, is an important and exciting release of first-rate but relatively unknown repertoire from the classical era by a contemporary and close friend and student of Beethoven. This CD includes an early and a late sonata, (the opus 21 in A major and opus 125 in G minor) as well as the Duo Concertante, a dazzling virtuoso work never before recorded which is an exciting addition to the rather scanty repertoire for cello and piano from this musical era. The CD ends with a short, lyrical transcription of a piano work that suits the singing qualities of the cello beautifully. 
 
“These performances are, in a word, terrific. Nancy Green's warm tone and transcendent virtuosity are as evident here as they were in her sensational 1993 recording of Piatti's cello/piano transcriptions of the Brahms Hungarian Dances…romantically inflected and charismatic cello-playing…Warmly recommended.” FANFARE MAGAZINE