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Susan Kagan

Ferdinand Ries: Piano Sonatas and Sonatinas-3

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1 Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 9, No. 2: Andantino  
2 Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 9, No. 2: Allegro mv  
3 Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 9, No. 2: Adagio  
4 Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 9, No. 2: Allegro  
5 Piano Sonata in F sharp minor, Op. 26: Adagio  
6 Piano Sonata in F sharp minor, Op. 26: Andante  
7 Piano Sonata in F sharp minor, Op. 26: Presto  
8 The Dream, Op. 49  
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Ferdinand Ries is known mainly through his connection with Beethoven, as his family friend, piano student, and early biographer. Ries's relationship with Beethoven began in Bonn and continued in Vienna, and later in London. Born in 1784, when Beethoven was fourteen, Ferdinand was the son of Franz Ries, violinist in the Electoral Court orchestra, who taught Beethoven violin and befriended his family during Beethoven's youth. Largely self-taught, Ferdinand first studied in Munich, but around 1803 he went to Vienna to study piano with Beethoven and was probably Beethoven's closest friend during this period, carrying out all kinds of musical and secretarial tasks for him-copying parts, making transcriptions and arrangements, proofreading and seeing to publications. Later, after years of touring as a concert pianist and short stays in Paris and Vienna, Ries married an Englishwoman and settled in London, where he continued to act on Beethoven's behalf. Susan Kagan continues her series of Ries recordings with a superb interpretation of his Sonatas and Sonatinas in this collection titled: Volume 3

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