De Pledge, Phillips, and Salzmann play Ries’ three piano trios.
I. Allegro con brio
Ries: Piano Trio, Op. 143: I. Allegro con brio
Ries: Piano Trio, Op. 143: II. Adagio
Ries: Piano Trio, Op. 143: III. Prestissimo
Ries: Piano Trio, Op. 2: I. Adagio
Ries: Piano Trio, Op. 2: II. Andante
Ries: Piano Trio, Op. 2: III. Rondeau
Ries: Piano Trio, Op. 28: I. Allegro
Ries: Piano Trio, Op. 28: II. Scherzo
Ries: Piano Trio, Op. 28: III. Adagio
Ries: Piano Trio, Op. 28: IV. Rondo
Edith Salzmann cello; Leo Phillips violin; Stephen De Pledge piano
Ferdinand Ries (1784-1848) was a student of Beethoven’s and eventually one of Beethoven's closest friends. Like Beethoven, Ferdinand Ries was born in Bonn. In 1803, he arrived in Vienna and approached Beethoven for lessons, becoming his student, secretary, typist and eventually closest friend.
The trio Op.143 trio was written between 1814 and 1824 while Ries was living in London. It shows Ries as a much more mature composer, using darker colours and very passionate writing in the first movement, with a lyrical, singing Adagio following, and then a dancing, wild Prestissimo to conclude.
The trios op.2 and op.45 follow the traditional 3 movement structure. All 3 instruments are given soloistic roles, much more so than in comparable classical trios. The piano very often leads with the string players interacting and sometimes following their own musical ideas. Generally, the trios cover a wide range of moods and feel quite symphonic at times. The trio op. 45 is the most well-known of the three piano trios, but it is normally played with clarinet. This recording is the first ever recording with violin. It's fascinating to see Ries writing working so well for both the clarinet and the violin.