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Ries: Concert Overtures CD

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  • Orchestra: WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Composer: Ferdinand Ries
  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cpo
  • ASIN: B004IXP5QE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ouverture, 'Die Braut Von Messina', Op. 162
  2. Ouverture, 'Don Carlos', Op. 94
  3. Grosse Festouverture Und Siegesmarsch, Op. 172
  4. Ouverture Bardique, Wo024
  5. Ouverture Dramatique, 'L'apparition', Wo061

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After recently discovering (and loving) Ries' Symphonies and Piano concertos I was keen to try out this disc of Concert Overtures, with which I am very happy! The music is of the same style as his symphonies: melodic, powerful, to-the-point and fun with excellent orchestration. Don't be fooled into thinking these are minor works, recorded as a matter of historical interest; far from it.

As always with Ries' work there is the common sense of "that sounds familiar", as he blends-in little ideas from works by his idols and contemporaries; the most obvious to me in this collection is the similarity of the first two overtures with the opening of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" overture. I think that Ries intended this to be obvious, and accusing him of "copying" (there are many Ries critics out there) would be the same as accusing Brahms of stealing from Beethoven for his 1st Symphony ("Any ass can hear that!").

All the works on this disc are excellent, and the recordings and performances are as excellent as the CPO/Griffiths Symphony cycle.

Turn it up loud!...... and prepare for some serious air-conducting.
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With this highly enjoyable disc of concert overtures, beautifully performed and captured in excellent sound, CPO continue their important survey of the orchestral music of Ferdinand Ries. From their first release of his third and fifth symphonies, this has been a real voyage of discovery, revealing a composer of significant talent and imagination who continued to develop artistically across his career and embraced the changes of the developing Early Romantic period.

Most of the works set down here are from later in Ries' career, some products of his involvement in the music festivals of the Rhineland after he had returned to Germany from London; only one of them has the air of an occasional piece, the celebratory `Große Festouvertüre und Siegesmarsch' of 1832 the development section of which segues neatly into a ceremonial march, replete with "Janissary" sound effects, instead of a conventional sonata form recapitulation; the others reflect the Romantic concept of a single movement orchestral piece inspired by literature or a more loose poetical conceit.

The programme thus opens with two very dramatic pieces based on plays by Schiller. They seem to me very successful at evoking the air of tragedy in both `Don Carlos' and `The Bride of Messina' and in his handling of his material Ries produces two convincing sonata form movements that can stand along side the best of his symphonies. They bear witness to his skill as an orchestrator too and there is some characteristic and beautiful writing for the woodwind along the way. The overture to `Don Carlos' in particular struck me as very impressive and accomplished, especially considering it dates from 1815, before most of his symphonies had been written.
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Where has Ries's music been hiding for so long? It is very enjoyable to listen to. Like a breath of fresh air!
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Just a line to applaud the review below, defiantly a five star disc, enormous fun - play it with the volume cranked up!
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Sounds almost more like the Great Man than his own Overtures, etc. Moderate sized forces allow great clarity--like the Great Man's Third as played by several ensembles without it being the Symphony of Several Thousand. Sustains interest throughout; well recorded with mastering resulting in smooth sound.
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