Busoni - Elegies, Toccata, Sonatina super Carmen, etc.

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Busoni - Elegies, Toccata, Sonatina super Carmen, etc.

Peter Donohoe (piano)

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Almost a century on from his death, and 36 years after Anthony Beaumont’s landmark study of his original compositions, Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924) is still best remembered – almost to the exclusion of his many other activities – as a transcriber of Bach for the piano. Although several impressive recordings of his own music have graced the catalogue since the 1980s, such is the tenacity of the Bach-Busoni association that it’s still good to welcome anything that raises his profile as a composer. Peter Donohoe’s new disc of piano works is partic... read more

Almost a century on from his death, and 36 years after Anthony Beaumont’s landmark study of his original compositions, Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924) is still best remembered – almost to the exclusion o... read more

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