Busoni - Complete Works for Cello & Piano | Tactus TC860202

Busoni - Complete Works for Cello & Piano

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Label: Tactus

Cat No: TC860202

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 7th September 2009

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The Chromatic fantasia and fugue BWV 903 for harpsichord by J S Bach and the Valse oubliée for piano by Liszt are both transcribed works. The first is contained in Vol. VII of the Bach-Busoni gesammelte Ausgabe (Bach-Busoni Edition) and dates to 1915, while the second is one of a vast number of transcriptions dedicated to various authors and dated from 1917.

The renown today of the double name “Bach-Busoni” is the fruit of what was a continuous and painstaking labour of revision, elaboration and transcription of a conspicuous number of Bach’s works, a labour that lasted more than a quarter of a century (concluding in 1920).

Busoni’s limitless reverence for the great German composer, passed down from his father, is expressed in these words: “From him [Bach], I learned to recognize the truth: that music which is good, grand and ‘universal’ remains the same, regardless of the means by which it is heard.

In listening to these two pieces, created for a single instrument but transcribed by Busoni for two instruments (with the addition of the cello), one should concentrate on the unique timbres which arise and which undoubtedly reflect the way the composer himself felt the two works in question resonated within him in their original version.

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