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En lisant une vie de Beethoven, vous tomberez certainement sur le nom de Ferdinand Ries, son ami, copiste, secrétaire et élève, un peu biographe aussi. En fait, la question qui se pose à l'écoute de cette musique est la suivante : Ries aurait-il existé sans Beethoven ? La difficulté qui se pose à l'auditeur est de faire abstraction tant que faire se peut les symphonies du maître de Bonn afin d'apprécier le mieux possible cette musique gorgée de rythmes, de contrastes, de couleurs. Sans nul doute que, seul, Ries aurait assuré le lien entre les derniers feux symphoniques du XVIIIè et les futures audaces des décennies à venir. Et si le poids de Beethoven n'était si lourd durant les 60 ans suivant sa mort, dans tous les domaines (qui osera se comparer à lui dans la sonate, la symphonie, le concerto et le quatuor ?), on tiendrait là un grand maître de l'orchestre. Toute sa vie, Ries lutta et chercha à se démarquer de son ami : au niveau de la structure formelle surtout, il anticipe sur l'avenir. Que lui manque-t-il pour être totalement génial ? Un peu plus de drame. En tout cas, son purgatoire est inadmissible. L'interprétation est excellente, et l'orchestre de chambre de Zürich semble avoir le nombre d'instrumentistes idéal pour cette musique. Les livrets en français sont très instructifs. Prise de son parfaite.
Le kammerorchestra de Zurich sous la baguette de Howard Griffiths nous interprètent avec brio les huit symphonies de Ferdinand Ries ami et élève de Ludwig van Beethoven cela est d'ailleurs présent dans sa musique. Impossible en écoutant ces CD de s'endormir tant la musique est belle pleine d'énergie et de clarté (peut-être moins évident dans les symphonies 1 et 2 ) l'apothéose revient aux symphonies 7 et 8 ce qui n'enlèvent rien aux symphonies 3 à 6. Bravo Monsieur Ries ainsi qu'à l'orchestre et son dirigeant. Que du bonheur pour les oreilles . Musicalement vôtre.
I am not going to add too much more to what has already been said by the other reviewers. It stands to reason, that as a pupil of Beethoven, there is certainly some of Beethoven in Ries Symphonies, but do not think that means it is either a poor imitation of the masters symphonies nor can they they be considered superior to Beethoven's oeuvre, of course. But they are masterpieces nevertheless. It is a pity he was writing at the same time as Beethoven, because it can only be this reason that are neglected. History has placed Beethoven's set as the pinnacle of the form rightly so but his was not the only symphonic voice of the time. Some were vastly inferior and perhaps it is not surprising that they are forgotten. But Ries should not be placed in that camp. His Symphonies are an individual statement, taking some of what he has been taught by the master and then adding his own personality to his creations. I believe they are not in any way inferior to Beethoven's Symphonies (if I can be so bold to say) - they have power and voice and though he has not been recognised throughout the ages as a great composer, it not through his inferiority of his music to the other great composers of his time, but simply an unfortunate fact that he happened to be around the same time as arguably one of the greatest composers to have lived. Beethoven changed music history, Ries did not. But listen to his music and you will also lament that he has been forgotten by all but the most dedicated. Ries' Symphonies are an wonderful example of the early Romantic era of symphonic writing and should be heard much more for those who love the music of Beethoven and Schubert. As has been said, the recordings are fabulous, the playing exemplary. These are highly recommended, especially if you love your Beethoven.
Truly wonderful music! A shame that Ries was neglected for so long. However, what good fortune that his music is now available.
Although he was a student of Beethoven, I believe that it is unfair to to say that his music imitated Beethoven. Whereas Beethoven can sometimes be rather "heavy," Ries is absolutely delightful. This is not to say that he is "Beethoven Light," but rather that he is surprisingly brighter. I would liken him more to Schubert because of his wonderful melodies.
His first symphony shows some hesitancy; he is just beginning, but by the eighth symphony he is in full glory. His melodies will delight and surprise. Ries can stand with any of the classical composers as far as I am concerned.
The orchestra here provides excellent performances. The group is not that large, but certainly sounds much larger. It fills the performance hall with glorious sound and impeccable playing.
I heard several of Ries' symphonies on a TV music channel, and was intrigued: how could someone so good be so unknown? Answer: he had the misfortune of living in the shadow of Beethoven. Ries can sound like a number of other composers of the 19th century, but his symphonies are solidly composed and fun to listen to. And getting all 8 of them at once for a good price was hard to beat.
I heard a snippet of one of the symphonies for the first time and thought it time to explore this little-played oeuvre. While it's not all of the very highest quality, this music is well worth the exploration, especially given the low price. Great for a rainy afternoon, curled around a good book near the fire.
the first cd starts out a little slow.... but once ferdinand gets going he is full of piss and vinegar and certainly makes the aquisition of these 4 cd's worth the money... i have only played them once so far but as time goes by they will surely become as familiar as the first 9 ....signed: magnum...
A complete set of the symphonies written by a student of Beethoven. In my opinion the performances and recorded sound are excellent. It's unlikely there will be a better set anytime soon so if you're curious may as well buy this now.