Ries: Piano Concertos (Introduction/ Rondeau) (Christopher Hinterhuber/ New Zealand Symphony/ Uwe Grodd) (Naxos: 8.572742)
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The fourteen works for piano and orchestra of Ferdinand Ries stand alongside those of Hummel as the finest and most important of their kind from the early decades of the 19th century. Intensely lyrical and yet displaying at times a rugged Beethovenian grandeur, Ries's eight concertos are works of impressive musical stature. In this fifth and final recording we encounter the first and last of his published concertos and the virtuosic Rondeau brillant, Op. 144. "Sparkling performances... the recording is first rate." (Penguin Guide on Vol. 3, 8.570440)
After winning several top prizes at international piano competitions in Leipzig, Saarbrücken, Pretoria, Zurich and Vienna, Christopher Hinterhuber
performed as 'Rising Star'
2002/3 at the major European concert halls and Carnegie Hall, New York. The New Zealand based German conductor and flautist Uwe Grodd
first gained worldwide recognition when he won First Prize at the Cannes Classical Awards 2000 for the Best Eighteenth Century Orchestral Recording with his CD of Symphonies by J.B. Vanhal (8.554341).