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BUSONI, F.: Piano Music, Vol. 8 (Harden) - 24 Preludes / Macchiette medioevali

Composer(s):Busoni, Ferruccio
Artist(s) Harden, Wolf, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572845
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Ferruccio Busoni’s Preludes, Op 37 and Macchiette medioevali, Op 33 were a product of his teenage years (1881–83), but they are far from being derivative juvenilia. In these charming and engaging works Busoni moves away from the Baroque and Classical models of his earlier works towards a more inventive and personal accommodation with the Romanticism of the mid-nineteenth century. Wolf Harden’s playing in this series has been described as “the clear current benchmark” (BBC Music Magazine on Volume 2 / 8.555699).


Review By Jed Distler,,April 2013

Evidently the teenaged Busoni already was rewriting other people’s music in his own image with variable success. Wolf Harden’s clean, refined, and fully committed pianism makes the best case for these early works on disc, along with Naxos’ fine engineering and Richard Whitehouse’s accurate, perceptive booklet annotations. © 2013 Read complete review


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