℗ 2016 Naxos
Duration 1h 12m 26s
Record Label Naxos
Catalogue No. 8.573628
Release Date August 12, 2016
Genre Classical

Ferdinand Ries: Romantic Variations, Fantasies and a Rondo

Michael Tsalka

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Variations on La sentinelle, Op. 105, No. 1
Ferdinand Ries; Michael Tsalka
The Dream, Op. 49
Ferdinand Ries; Michael Tsalka
Variations on The old highland laddie, Op. 105, No. 2
Ferdinand Ries; Michael Tsalka
Fantasy on Schiller's Resignation, Op. 109
Ferdinand Ries; Michael Tsalka
Variations on a Cossack dance, Op. 40, No. 1
Ferdinand Ries; Michael Tsalka
Rondo alla zingaresca, Op. 184
Ferdinand Ries; Michael Tsalka
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Duration    1h 12m 26s
Keyboardist Michael Tsalka devotes this album to virtuoso pianist Ferdinand Ries, a celebrated student of Beethoven who established an innovative technical approach to the interpretation of the fortepiano. The majority of the variation sets, fantasies and rondos on this recording were composed in the first two decades of the 1800s during an era that saw the emergence of the new square pianos, which created a hunger for domestic music making. Ries responded with catchy variations on popular themes and technically challenging fantasias that gave full rein to his musical imagination. They add another dimension to the appreciation of the man Robert Schumann praised for his "remarkable originality."
88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at The Schubert Club, St Paul, Minnesota, USA, on 1st and 2nd August, 2014 Producer: Michael Tsalka Engineer: John Scherf Editors: John Scherf and Michael Tsalka Booklet notes: Michael Tsalka and Angélica Minero Escobar Cover painting: Westminster Bridge and Abbey by William Daniell (1769-1837)

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