Busoni - Piano Music Volume 4

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Busoni - Piano Music Volume 4



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28th July 2008




63 minutes


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Busoni - Piano Music Volume 4

Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV532

arr. Busoni


Elegien, K249

Berceuse (1909) from Elegien

Elegie No. 7

Fantasia nach J S Bach

Toccata in A flat minor, K287

Wolf Harden (piano)



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Performance occupied much of Busoni’s attention until the turn of the twentieth century, when composition began to assume a new importance in his career. Busoni regarded his Elegien as the point where he discovered his true identity as a composer. Even at his most radical, however, Busoni never rejected what had gone before; the Elegien alternate between new works and transcriptions of older pieces.

Drawing on Bach organ pieces, Fantasia after J.S. Bach may sound backward looking in context, but its concept points determinedly towards the future.

Toccata was completed while Busoni was engaged in earnest on his crowning achievement, the music-drama Doktor Faust, whose essence pervades this most virtuosic yet also aggressive of the composer’s later piano works.

Ferruccio Busoni: Bach - Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532

Prelude: Moderato - Alla breve - Adagio

Fugue: Allegro moderato

Ferruccio Busoni: Elegien

No. 1. Nach der Wendung

No. 2. All'Italia!

No. 3. Meine Seele bangt und hofft zu dir

No. 4. Turandots Frauengemach

No. 5. Die Nachtlichen

No. 6. Erscheinung

Ferruccio Busoni: Berceuse, "Elegie No. 7"

Berceuse, "Elegie No. 7"

Ferruccio Busoni: Fantasia nach J.S. Bach

Fantasia nach J. S. Bach

Ferruccio Busoni: Toccata


BBC Music Magazine

(on Volume 2)

“This disc maintains the high standards set by Harden in his first volume of Busoni piano music... A splendid demonstration of his awesome compositional and pianistic powers aged 18, and Harden’s account is the clear current benchmark.”


“Wolf Harden demonstrates yet again that he has an affinity for the composer and the prestidigitatory prowess to realize it”

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