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Busoni, F.: Piano Transcriptions after J.S. Bach [2-album set]

Sandro Ivo Bartoli, Piano


2015 ‐ 51:21
Original Audio at 88.2 kHz * 24 bits

 

Track list

Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532, BV B 20
Prelude and Fugue in E flat Major, BWV 552, BV B 22
Toccata in C Major, BWV 564, BV B 29
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, BV B 29
Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for violin in D Minor, BWV 1004, BV B 24
Chorale-Preludes [10]
Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 533, BV B 26


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Ferruccio Busoni was a Italian pianist who revolutionised piano transcription, truly bringing it into the modern era. At a time when transcriptions of organ music for piano clung tightly to the Romantic tradition, Busoni had the courage to take an interpretative, emancipatory approach, bringing out all of the unique qualities of the piano in his work, while remaining faithful to the core of Bach’s compositions. The comparable virtues of “rhythmic precision [and] greater impetuosity” which he attributed to the piano are very much audible in this extraordinary album, from the delightful Prelude and Fugue in D major to the grandiose and virtuosic Two Toccatas, which Busoni placed at the very top of his ascending scale of difficulty for the transcriptions. The moods in this set range from soaring, majestic pieces that seem to aim straight at the heavens to poignant moments of the most sublime intimacy. At the time, Busoni’s transcriptions were popular and controversial in equal parts, but his enduring success is manifest in the fact that today, his name has become inextricably linked with Bach. Perhaps most crucial to this achievement was, as album artist Sandro Ivo Bartoli puts it, his “lifelong, esoteric flirtation with achieving the impossible”. -Brilliant Classics

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Sound is airlessly close, immediate, and detailed. ‐Adrian Corleonis (01/01/2015) 

 

OnClassical - OC138PSET2
Busoni, F.: Piano Transcriptions after J.S. Bach [2-album set]
Sandro Ivo Bartoli, Piano

Production No.: 9 / 2015
Catalog: OC138PSET2
EAN / UPC: 0/720189873126
No. album(s): 2

Recorded at Auditorium Puccini, Torre del Lago, 2014

An OnClassical production, © 2014

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