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Busoni: Piano Music Vol 5 / Wolf Harden

Album Summary

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Praeludium & Fuge, transcription for piano in E flat major "St. Anne" (after J. S. Bach, BWV 552), K
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Sechs Etuden, for piano, Op. 16, KiV 203
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Sechs Stucke, for piano, Op. 33b, KiV 241
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Zehn Variationen uber das Prelude von F. Chopin Op. 28/20 in C minor, K. 293 (Klavierubung II/1), Op
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Notes & Reviews:

Wolf Harden's Busoni Piano Edition has been warmly applauded for its "spacious aural frame" (NXS 8555034), "stunningly authoritative" playing (NXS 8555699), "lightness of touch and excellent phrasing" (NXS 8570249) and "prestidigitatory prowess" (NXS 8.570543). For this fifth volume, Busoni's magisterial transcription of Bach's 'St. Anne Prelude and Fugue' and his inspired variations on Chopin's famous 'Choral Prelude' flank two equally powerful, subtle and wide-ranging sets of shorter yet equally virtuosic works, the splendid 'Etudes' and the harmonically adventurous 'Six Pieces'.

MusicWeb International
The 1922 version of the Chopin Variations... begins in the shadowiest manner possible before the Chopin steals in. The revesion to the opening atmosphere at the first opportunity is telling - this is Chopin being absorbed into Busoni, not merely varied. Harden seems to relish the explorations as well as the way Busoni viscerally enlarges the Chopin original. Tremendous.

A worthy volume in the Naxos Busoni series.



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>Busoni, Ferruccio : Praeludium & Fuge, transcription for piano in E flat major "St. Anne" (after J. S. Bach, BWV 552), K
  • Performer: Wolf Harden (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (10/07/2007-10/08/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Sechs Etüden, for piano, Op. 16, KiV 203
  • Performer: Wolf Harden (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (10/07/2007-10/08/2007)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Sechs Stücke, for piano, Op. 33b, KiV 241
  • Performer: Wolf Harden (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (10/07/2007-10/08/2007)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Zehn Variationen über das Prelude von F. Chopin Op. 28/20 in C minor, K. 293 (Klavierübung II/1), Op
  • Performer: Wolf Harden (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (10/07/2007-10/08/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/28/1922