Update: I’ve had an idle few evenings, and have spent them listening to the various items on the hard disk of my notebook computer. I wholly agree with what I said three years ago about Ferdinand Ries. His PC in D op 120 is both grand and lyrical. I now know a great deal more than I did about the contemporaries of LvB, and am glad of my greater knowledge. SIG
PS – The YouTube video to which I linked has been removed. Here instead is a sample. Worth buying, I suggest.
Until recently, one of the shortcomings of the market in recorded music was that a buyer could be led into believing that the great composers were the only composers of their age. Of course, Beethoven wasn’t the only composer in Vienna during the first twenty years of the nineteenth symphony. He was the head of one school among several, and his own students were often men of reputation. Until recently, though, men like Ferdinand Ries were often just names. This is a pity. He’s no Beethoven, but his works are generally graceful and well-constructed. Here is the first movement of his Piano Concerto No.5 in D, op.120.