Busoni - Violin Sonatas | CPO 5552132

Busoni - Violin Sonatas


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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5552132

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 28th February 2020



Ingolf Turban (violin)
Ilja Scheps (piano)


Busoni, Ferruccio

Violin Sonata no.1 in E minor, op.29
Violin Sonata no.2 in E minor, op.36a


Ingolf Turban (violin)
Ilja Scheps (piano)


Of Busoniís two Violin Sonatas, composed in 1889 and 1898, the Second Sonata, op.36a, is regarded as an absolutely key work. According to Busoniís own testimony, it first delineated his unique character as a composer. The entire work is based on a Bach chorale, and it culminates in a magnificent variation movement on the same. However, his enormous public appeal and the admiration for his transcription technique made Busoni skeptical, and he thought that he had strayed onto conventional paths Ė which was not the case. The First Sonata, op.29, is very much more conventional within its limits, very much in keeping with its composerís life and times. The work today speaks unusually clearly to us, as an homage to Brahms, who supported Busoni, or as a link to the great pianist of those times, Anton Rubinstein, who himself published three violin sonatas.

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