Busoni: Late Piano Music

Hyperion: CDA67951/3

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Busoni: Late Piano Music

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2014

Finalist - Instrumental

Label:

Hyperion

Catalogue No:

CDA67951/3

Discs:

3

Release date:

4th Nov 2013

Barcode:

0034571179513

Medium:

CD

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Busoni: Late Piano Music


Busoni:

Elegies, BV249

Nuit de Noël

Fantasia nach J S Bach

Canonic Variations and Fugue, BVB40

Giga, Bolero e Variazione (1909) from An die Jugend

Sonatina Seconda (1912)

Sonatina, BV257

Sonatina No. 3: ad usum infantis

Sonatina No. 5: in diem nativitatis Christi MCMXVII

Sonatina brevis 'in signo Joannis Sebastiani Magni' BV280

Sonatina No. 6 (Chamber Fantasy on Themes from Bizet's Carmen)

Indianisches Erntelied

Indianische Tagebuch, Book 1 (Indian Diary), K 267

Albumblätter, K289 - Berlin

Toccata 'Preludio, Fantasia, Ciaccona' BV287

Prologo, BV279

Klavierübung, 1925

Nine Variations on Chopin Prelude in C minor, Op. 22

Seven Short Pieces for the Cultivation of Polyphonic Playing BV296

Perpetuum mobile

Prelude & Etude en arpeges


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‘Hamelin mastered its rising and falling cascades of scales, biting rhythms and thunderous textures as though he was Busoni himself’ (The Birmingham News, USA)

Marc-André Hamelin is indisputably the king of Busoni pianists. He triumphantly masters the extraordinary technical difficulties and contrapuntal complexities this composer presents. This generously priced triple album offers most of Busoni’s mature works and the widest selection of pieces from the Klavierübung so far recorded, many of them for the first time.

(Studio Master: Please note that the recording of the Fantasia after J S Bach included here is taken from Marc-André Hamelin's 1998 album 'The Composer-Pianists' and has been up-sampled to 24-bit 96 kHz.)

Ferruccio Busoni: Elegies, BV249

1. Nach der Wendung (Recueillement)

2. All'Italia! (In Modo Napolitano)

3. Meine Seele bangt und hofft zu dir (Choralvorspiel)

4. Turandots Frauengemach (Intermezzo)

5. Die Nächtlichen (Walzer)

6. Erscheinung (Notturno)

7. Berceuse

Ferruccio Busoni: Nuit de Noël

Nuit de Noël, BV 251

Ferruccio Busoni: Fantasia nach J S Bach

Fantasia after J S Bach, BV 253

Ferruccio Busoni: Canonic Variations and Fugue, BVB40

Canonic Variations & Fugue, BV B40

Ferruccio Busoni: Giga, Bolero e Variazione (1909) from An die Jugend

An die Jugend, BV 254 - 3. Giga, Bolero & Variazione

Ferruccio Busoni: Sonatina Seconda (1912)

Sonatina Seconda, BV 259

Ferruccio Busoni: Sonatina, BV257

Sonatina, BV 257

Ferruccio Busoni: Sonatina No. 3: ad usum infantis

1. Molto tranquillo

2. Andantino melancolico

3. Vivace (Alla marcia)

4. Molto tranquillo

5. Polonaise (Un poco cerimonioso)

Ferruccio Busoni: Sonatina No. 5: in diem nativitatis Christi MCMXVII

Sonatina, BV 274, "In Diem Nativitatis Christi MCMXVII"

Ferruccio Busoni: Sonatina brevis 'in signo Joannis Sebastiani Magni' BV280

Sonatina Brevis, BV 280, "In Signo Joannis Sebastiani Magni"

Ferruccio Busoni: Sonatina No. 6 (Chamber Fantasy on Themes from Bizet's Carmen)

Kammer-Fantasie Über Carmen, BV 284

Ferruccio Busoni: Indianisches Erntelied

Indianisches Erntelied

Ferruccio Busoni: Indianische Tagebuch, Book 1 (Indian Diary), K 267

1. Allegretto affettuoso, un poco agitato

2. Vivace

3. Andante

4. Maestoso ma andando

Ferruccio Busoni: Albumblätter, K289 - Berlin

1. Andantino sostenuto

2. Andante

3. Sostenuto Religioso (In the Style of a Chorale Prelude)

Ferruccio Busoni: Toccata 'Preludio, Fantasia, Ciaccona' BV287

Toccata, BV 287, "Preludio, Fantasia, Ciaccona"

Ferruccio Busoni: Prologo, BV279

Prologo, BV 279

Ferruccio Busoni: Klavierübung, 1925

Preludio (Allegro Festivo)

Preludio Without the Third Finger (Moderato alla breve)

Veloce & Leggiero

Vivace moderato, con precisione

Variations-Studie nach Mozart No.1

Motive (Allegro risoluto)

Allegro

Ferruccio Busoni: Nine Variations on Chopin Prelude in C minor, Op. 22

9 Variations on a Chopin Prelude, BV 213a

Ferruccio Busoni: Seven Short Pieces for the Cultivation of Polyphonic Playing BV296

1. Preludietto: Allegro

2. Sostenuto; Poco più andante

3. Andante molto tranquillo & Legato

4. Allegro

5. Preludio: Andante tranquillo

6. Nach Mozart: Adagio

7. With the use of the 3rd Pedal: Andantino tranquillo

Ferruccio Busoni: Perpetuum mobile

Perpetuum Mobile, BV 293

Ferruccio Busoni: Prelude & Etude en arpeges

1. Prélude: Arioso-Volante ma tranquillo

2. Étude: Allegro

The Guardian

31st October 2013

****

“Hamelin handles all of this with great intelligence. There's a swagger when the music demands it, a fabulously refined sense of sonority and transparency when required. The technical challenges are surmounted so effortlessly that you begin to take the confidence of his playing for granted, when in fact it's a remarkable achievement.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2013

“Such strangeness demands rare skill and a special empathy for an idiom which for many will seem recondite and remote. And it is in this sense that Hamelin, playing with unfaltering lucidity and authority, achieves an astonishing triumph even by his exalted standards...although this is essentially an album for specialists, it is one that could never be bettered.”

The Times

13th December 2013

“The [Christmas] gift I’d choose for myself would be Marc-André Hamelin’s magisterial three-disc survey of Busoni’s later piano music — elusive and haunting material from a pivotal figure of the modern age.”

Financial Times

28th December 2013

***

“Hamelin here makes a spirited case for the mature solo oeuvre – mostly short, technically demanding pieces...that raid the late-Romantic arsenal of swirling colours and sumptuous textures.”

BBC Music Magazine

January 2014

*****

“the performances...are all you could hope from a player of such quality, faced with repertoire he might have been born to interpret. This is playing of a very high order, such as...one seldom hears. Hamelin is well-nigh ideal in sensitivity of phrasing, clarity of tone and delineation of voices...A fabulous set, almost beyond praise.”

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