Ries, Czerny, Count Moritz Von Lichnowsky & Prince Louis Ferdinand Of Prussia

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COMPOSERS: Count Moritz Von Lichnowsky & Prince Louis Ferdinand Of Prussia,Czerny,Ries
LABELS: CPO
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Beethoven’s Friends
WORKS: Works
PERFORMER: Consortium Classicum
CATALOGUE NO: 999 745-2 ADD Reissue (1974)
Attractive but not essential. Ries was a more than competent composer, and his Octet is skilfully written, though the shadow of Beethoven lies heavily across its piano-writing and its harmonic language. Czerny’s Notturno brillant is an excuse for some virtuoso piano-writing with instrumental backing, and needs a more insouciant delivery than Werner Genuit provides. He’s also heavy-handed in his one solo outing, Lichnowsky’s Paisiello Variations, but better in Louis Ferdinand’s Octet, the most quirky of these pieces with its sometimes unexpected harmonic shifts. Unfortunately it’s not as well recorded as the rest. Martin Cotton

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