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BUSONI, F.: Piano Music, Vol. 5 (Harden) - 6 Studies / 6 Pieces / 10 Variations on Chopin's C minor Prelude

Composer(s):Bach, Johann SebastianBusoni, Ferruccio
Artist(s) Harden, Wolf, piano
Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570891
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Wolf Harden’s Busoni Piano Edition has been warmly applauded for its ‘spacious aural frame’ (Vol. 1—8.555034), ‘stunningly authoritative’ playing (Vol. 2—8.555699), ‘lightness of touch and excellent phrasing’ (Vol. 3—8.570249) and ‘prestidigitatory prowess’ (Vol. 4—8.570543). For this fifth volume, Busoni’s magisterial transcription of Bach’s ‘St. Anne’ Prelude and Fugue and his inspired variations



Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2009

Busoni was his own worst enemy, always seemingly confused as to the direction he wished to travel, and today his music is largely ignored. Maybe his career as a concert pianist was too dominant to allow a concerted writing period, and he ended up as one of the most enigmatic musical figures at the turn of the 19th century. The Six Etudes come from 1884, the beginning of the period where he was much under the influence of Brahms and Mendelssohn. Often repetitive as he spins out his thematic material as far as it will go, and using key changes in a last bid to reutilise it. The Six Pieces was completed twelve years later and marked the end of his true Romantic era. Each is given a descriptive title, and, as with the earlier score, it would be difficult



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