Busoni - Piano Music Vol.4
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Cat No: 8570543
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th July 2008
WorksPrelude and Fugue in D major, BWV532 (arr. Busoni)
Toccata 'Preludio, Fantasia, Ciaccona', BV287
ArtistsWolf Harden (piano)
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 composerís later piano works.
ďThis 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 Hardenís account is the clear current benchmark.Ē - BBC Music Magazine on Vol.2 (8.555699)
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