Busoni - Piano Music Vol.11 | Naxos 8573982

Busoni - Piano Music Vol.11

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573982

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 12th July 2019

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Transcriptions occupied Ferruccio Busoni from early in his career, but his famously Romantic version of the Chaconne in D minor (Naxos 8555699) contrasts with the later and more austere Sonatina brevis based on Bach’s Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV905. Music from Bach’s The Art of Fugue is invoked in the rarely heard Edizione minore version of the Fantasia contrappuntistica, and the Ten Chorale Preludes include the glorious Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme. Sir Edward Elgar considered Busoni ‘the greatest musical mind of his time’, and Wolf Harden’s playing of Busoni has been described as ‘the clear current benchmark’ (BBC Music Magazine on Volume 2, 8555699).

Wolf Harden continues his edition of Busoni’s piano music, probing further into the composer’s numerous transcriptions. This 11th volume follows on from Vol.10 (8573806) which was released in March 2018. Recorded in Wyastone Concert Hall, a renowned venue with ideal acoustics for solo piano, this series has been critically acclaimed for its excellent sound quality. Harden’s playing has been described as ‘clean, refined, and fully committed’ (ClassicsToday.com on Vol.8, 8572845), ‘Harden meets all challenges head-on and fearlessly’ (MusicWeb International on Vol.6, 8572077).

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