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Although history acknowledges Beethoven’s enthusiasm for the gifted young Ries, for three years his pupil and secretary, it neglects his later success as both pianist and composer, not least for a decade in England. Evidence of a prolific output, his oratorio The Triumph of the Believers is op.157, a vigor- ous and monumental work written in 1829 and given a superb performance under the direction of Hermann Max with his own period orchestra, vocal ensemble and a fine quartet of soloists.

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