How on earth have I,after collecting classical music for over 50 years, Not previously heard of Ferdinand Ries ?. This collection is absolutely superb. It appears Ries was a pupil of Beethoven and later became his life-long friend and collegue.If you close your eyes and do not look at the composer on this disc you would swear it was Ludwig himself.Ries exactly matches the intensity and depth of feeling enjoyed by Beethoven,
Do buy this CD----You won`t be disappointed.
By the way,another confident of Beethoven was Muzio Clementi-His sonatas and sonatinas are equally enchanting.