What do I mean by the title? I mean that when listening to Ferdinand Ries, one can hear echoes of other composers, not only of the time but also of the future; it's like someone has got a cooking pot, added a little bit of Beethoven, thrown in a bit of Chopin, a substantial handful of Hummel and Field, a few pinches of other composers here and there and 'voila'!: Ferdinand Ries. But instead of dwelling on these similarities just enjoy him for what he is: an extremely talented composer who obviously admired his contemporaries very much and honoured them in his own way (even if that sometimes bordered on "copying"). Why isn't he more popular today? I would say that it's because as great as he is, for everything great about his music there is someone else who has either before or since done it better. Though this should not detract from the fact that his music is brilliant.
I have invested in all of the discs in this series, and all of the Symphonies in the CPO series, and every disc is wonderful. For the Piano Concerto cycle, this has to be my favourite, hence why I have chosen to place my review of the series here.
I would recommend this disc and the others in the series to both experienced and inexperienced listeners alike; it's accessible enough for people who have "worn out the Beethoven" and are looking to expand their collection, and for more experienced listeners looking to try something new, yet also oddly familiar and refreshing.
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