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BUSONI, F.: Piano Music, Vol. 3 (Harden) - 3 morceaux / Indianisches Tagebuch, Book 1

Composer(s):Bach, Johann SebastianBusoni, Ferruccio
Artist(s) Harden, Wolf, piano
Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570249
Label Naxos
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The essence of Busoni’s music lies in a synthesis of his Italian and German ancestry: emotion and intellect, imagination and discipline, often allied with a re-creative approach to the musical past. His arrangement of Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in D minor, BWV565 represents the virtuoso transcription, derived from Brahms and Liszt, at its most commanding. Tanzwalzer, dedicated ‘to the memory of Johann Strauss’ is a homage to the golden age of the Viennese waltz. Drawing on Amerindian rhythms and melodies, the Indian Diary depicts life among the North American Indians whose wretched plight Busoni had witnessed on a visit to America in 1910.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2007

Ferruccio Busoni changed his colours more frequently than a chameleon, wrestling with his personal conflict between that of remaining true to the influences of the Baroque - and in particular to the music of Bach - while wishing to relate to progressive composers of his own time. Without prior knowledge you never quite know what to expect when 'discovering' his music. Born in Italy in 1866 to intensely musical parents, he made his piano debut at the age of eight, and it was as a concert performer and composer of piano music that he made his career until 1902. There was then a sudden shift to conducting and an affinity to all that was new. That he was under the spell of Bach as a teenager is evident in the typical fugue that ends the Three



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