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BUSONI, F.: Piano Music, Vol. 4 (Harden) - Elegien / Fantasia nach J. S. Bach / Toccata

Composer(s):Bach, Johann SebastianBusoni, Ferruccio
Artist(s) Harden, Wolf, piano
Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570543
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Performance occupied much of Busoni’s attention until the turn of the twentieth century, when composition began to assume a new importance in his career. 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 backwardlooking 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



Review By John Terauds,Toronto Star,February 2009

Italian-born Ferrucio Busoni (1866–1924) was one of the great Victorian pianists. Like most of his peers, he wrote a lot of his own music. A huge fan of J.S. Bach, he inflated piles of the old master's pieces into something grand and ponderous. The fourth disc in Naxos's Busoni project is particularly interesting because it allows us to compare his version of a Bach Prelude and Fugue in D Major (BWV 532) with pieces inspired by Bach. German pianist Wolf Harden delivers convincing readings of 11 pieces in total—all posing huge technical challenges. Along the way we get Baroque echoes as well as experiments in slipperier, early 20th century tonality. This disc is a fascinating slice of piano-music history.

Review By Max Schäfer,Gaystation (Germany),February 2009

Busoni bei NAXOS! Mit der hier vorliegenden CD führt NAXOS die Edition des Gesamtwerkes für Klavier von Ferruccio Busoni fort. Solist ist—wie bei den Aufnahmen zuvor—Wolf Harden. Wolf Hardens Spiel ist analytisch, immer bedacht die Strukturen deutlich hervorleuchten zu lassen. Das kommt besonders den berühmten Bachbearbeitungen Busonis zugute.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,August 2008

Born in 1866 into a mixed German and Italian family, Ferruccio Busoni made his debut as a pianist at the age of eight and by the age of ten had composed his first published works. His income was to come from the life as a concert pianist, his compositional time being largely devoted to the piano transcriptions of Bach’s organ music published in seven substantial volumes. He was already forty when he found that he was enjoying a growing demand as a conductor of modern music, and it was at this juncture that he began to open his own music to a much wider influence. There followed scores that were modern, complex and requiring virtuosity from the performer. Buying any disc of his music involves knowing which side of this massive divide you are about to hear. This release is the more....


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