FERDINAND RIES (1784-1838): Piano Sonatas and Sonatinas, Vol. 6: Music for Piano Duet - Sonatas in B Flat, Op. 47 and in A, Op. 160, Sonatina in C, Op. 6.
Catalogue Number: 09P031
Description: The misleadingly opus-numbered Sonatina is an easy eight-minute piece for students from 1825, innocent and charming, often with the effect of a music-box. The op. 47 sonata (1816) is shortish, at 14 minutes, and genial, unruffled and sunny throughout which leaves the big gun here: the 33-minute op. 160 from around 1831, intricate, rich-texured with an often orchestral quality of sound. Susan Kagan, Vassily Primakov (piano).