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J.S. Bach-Ferruccio Busoni: Complete Transcriptions / Sandro Ivo Bartoli, piano

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  1. Bach & Busoni — Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532: I. Prelude. Moderato $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Bach & Busoni — Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532: II. Fugue. Allegro moderato $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Bach & Busoni — Prelude and Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552: I. Prelude. Moderato maestoso
  4. Bach & Busoni — Prelude and Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552: II. Fugue. Sostenuto e tranquillo $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Bach & Busoni — Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564: I. Prelude. Tempo moderato, quasi improvisando $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Bach & Busoni — Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564: II. Intermezzo. Adagio $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Bach & Busoni — Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564: III. Fugue. Moderatamente Scherzando, un poco umoristico $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Bach & Busoni — Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565: I. Toccata. Adagio – Prestissimo $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Bach & Busoni — Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565: II. Fugue. Allegro sostenuto $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Bach & Busoni — Chaconne in D Minor, BWV 1004 (Andante maestoso, ma non troppo lento)
  11. Bach & Busoni — Prelude. Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 667 (Vivace maestoso) $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Bach & Busoni — Prelude. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (Allegretto tranquillo, con semplicità devota) $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Bach & Busoni — Prelude. Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein, BWV 734a (Allegro) $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Bach & Busoni — Prelude. Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf, BWV 617 (Un poco agitato) $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Bach & Busoni — Prelude. Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637 (Andante mesto) $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Bach & Busoni — Prelude. Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 705 (Molto sostenuto) $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Bach & Busoni — Prelude. In dir ist Freude, BWV 615 (Allegro marcato) $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Bach & Busoni — Prelude. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665 (Andante non troppo) $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Bach & Busoni — Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 533: I. Prelude. Moderato deciso $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Bach & Busoni — Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 533: II. Fugue. Andante tranquillo $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Praeludium & Fuge, transcription for piano in D major (after J. S. Bach, BWV 532), KiV B20
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Praeludium & Fuge, transcription for piano in E flat major "St. Anne" (after J. S. Bach, BWV 552), K
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Toccatas, transcriptions (2) for piano in D minor & C major (BWV 564/565; BBGA 7/3), KiV B29
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Chorale Preludes (10), transcriptions for piano (after J. S. Bach), KiV B27
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Praeludium & Fuge, transcription for piano in E minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 533), KiV B26
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Notes & Reviews:

Ferruccio Busoni was a maestro Italian pianist who revolutionised piano transcription, truly bringing it into the modern era. At a time when transcriptions of organ music for piano clung tightly to the Romantic tradition, Busoni had the courage to take an interpretative, emancipatory approach, bringing out all of the unique qualities of the piano in his work, while remaining faithful to the core of Bach's compositions. The comparable virtues of "rhythmic precision [and] greater impetuosity" which he attributed to the piano are very much audible in this extraordinary album, from the delightful Prelude and Fugue in D major to the grandiose and virtuosic Two Toccatas, which Busoni placed at the very top of his ascending scale of difficulty for the transcriptions. The moods in this set range from soaring, majestic pieces that seem to aim straight at the heavens to poignant moments of the most sublime intimacy. At the time, Busoni's transcriptions were popular and controversial in equal parts, but his enduring success is manifest in the fact that today, his name has become inextricably linked with Bach. Perhaps most crucial to this achievement was, as album artist Sandro Ivo Bartoli puts it, his "lifelong, esoteric flirtation with achieving the impossible". Sandro Ivo Bartoli is one of the foremost interpreters of early 20th-century Italian piano music, and has played all over the world with orchestras such as the Philharmonia in London and the Deutsche Philharmonie. He also collaborated closely with the late great pianist Shura Cherkassky. Other information: Recorded 20 - 23 April 2013, Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini, Torre del Lago (Lucca), Italy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini, Torre del Lago (Lucca), It (04/20/2013-04/23/2013).



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>Busoni, Ferruccio : Praeludium & Fuge, transcription for piano in D major (after J. S. Bach, BWV 532), KiV B20
  • Performer: Sandro Bartoli (Piano)
  • Notes: Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini, Torre del Lago (Lucca), Italy (04/20/2013-04/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Praeludium & Fuge, transcription for piano in E flat major "St. Anne" (after J. S. Bach, BWV 552), K
  • Performer: Sandro Bartoli (Piano)
  • Notes: Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini, Torre del Lago (Lucca), Italy (04/20/2013-04/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Toccatas, transcriptions (2) for piano in D minor & C major (BWV 564/565; BBGA 7/3), KiV B29
  • Performer: Sandro Bartoli (Piano)
  • Notes: Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini, Torre del Lago (Lucca), Italy (04/20/2013-04/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 06/1899

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24
  • Performer: Sandro Bartoli (Piano)
  • Notes: Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini, Torre del Lago (Lucca), Italy (04/20/2013-04/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Chorale Preludes (10), transcriptions for piano (after J. S. Bach), KiV B27
  • Performer: Sandro Bartoli (Piano)
  • Notes: Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini, Torre del Lago (Lucca), Italy (04/20/2013-04/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Praeludium & Fuge, transcription for piano in E minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 533), KiV B26
  • Performer: Sandro Bartoli (Piano)
  • Notes: Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini, Torre del Lago (Lucca), Italy (04/20/2013-04/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894