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Bach/Busoni-Transcriptions, Volume 2 [CD]

Nicolai Demidenko Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Feb 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00005Y0N7
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fantasia, Adagio and Fugue (BWV 906/968)
2. Komm, Gott Schopfer, Heiliger Geist (BWV 667) (Chorale Prelude From Book 1)
3. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645) (Chorale Prelude From Book 1)
4. Prelude and Fugue in E minor (BWV 533)
5. Prelude and Fugue in D major (BWV 532)
6. Herr Gott, nun schleub den Himmel auf (BWV 617) (Chorale Preludes from Book 2)
7. Durch Adam's Fall ist ganz verderbt (BWV 637/705) (Chorale Preludes from Book 2)
8. In dir ist Freude (BWV 615) (Chorale Preludes from Book 2)
9. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland (BWV 665) (Chorale Preludes from Book 2)
10. Chaconne in D minor (from Partita No 2 for solo violin) (BWV 1004)

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'Enthusiastically recommended' (Fanfare, USA) '[Demidenko's] performances capture the smouldering long lines and Gothic grandeur inherent in Busoni's textural transformations of the originals' (International Record Review) 'Demidenko plays them all with great panache and limitless technical command, clearly relishing the vast array of colour that Busoni's fertile imagination encourages' (The Guardian) 'Nikolai Demidenko performs all the music here with admirable devotion ... The playing throughout this enterprising recital cannot be faulted' (BBC Music Magazine) 'Demidenko s full-blooded readings of the D major Prelude and Fugue BWV 532 and the monumental D minor Chaconne from BWV 1004 have the necessary tingle factor, backed by sensational recorded sound' (Music Week) 'From the opening notes of the Fantasia, Adagio and Fugue with which the CD begins there is a lightness, vivacity and ease to Demidenko's playing which engages the attention' (Pianist) 'This is some of the most colossal piano playing I've ever heard. In its nobility, its grandeur, its multi-dimensionality and its astounding command of piano sonorities, it's worth the price of admission by itself' --(Piano Magazine)

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Fantasia BWV906, Adagio BWV968 & Fugue BWV906 - Préludes de choral (livre I) BWV667, 645 - Préludes & Fugues BWV533, 532 - Préludes de choral (livre II), BWV 617, 637, 705, 615, 665 - Chaconne en ré min. / Nikolai Demidenko, piano

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Magnificent playing of the colourful imaginative evocative transcriptions of Bach by Busoni, evoking deep spiritual feeling in textual transformations executed with great technical command and capacity. This recording received a "10 De Reperitore France". Recommended above all other available recordings of these pieces.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Playing 22 May 2002
By greg - Published on Amazon.com
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The real gems of this disk are the Chorale Prelude transcriptions. Demidenko plays these pieces beautifully, especially Durch Adams fall ist ganz verdebt and Jesus Christus Unser Heiland. One can really appreciate the beautiful sound of the Fazioli piano in these pieces in particular. My one reservation about the chorale preludes is 'Watchet Auf'. The only recording I know of that does this justice is Angela Hewitt's recording of Bach Arrangements(Kempff also doesn't do a bad job of this). The playing doesn't quite convey the spirit of this piece.
Demidenko also does a particularly good job of the Fantasia and the Chacconne, although some might find the Chaconne a little too slow for their liking. However don't get the wrong impression, Demidenko can break into great moments of power and speed. This is Demidenko's late romantic playing at its best.
He also gives a good account of the Prelude and Fugue BWV 532, although its not up to Gilels account of the same piece. Gilels manages to create a beutiful organ like sonority from the piano, and gets the tempo just right in each part. However Demidenko's faster fugue makes for a barnstorming interpretation.
I recommend this disc highly, as I said especially for the exceptional playing of the chorale preludes, and also the Fantasia and Chaconne. My one reservation regarding this disc is the sound. The tone could be a little fuller (perhaps the piano needed to be closer to the mike?) which is unfortunate because Demidenko is using a beutiful Fazioli piano. Don't let put you off though, because the recording quality is still superb.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Busoni 14 Jan 2007
By Medtner5 - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with the previous reviewer about the chaconne, some might find it too slow. Especially if you are used to Kissin's performance. I personally think Demidenko's more unified treatment of the variatons is refreshing. He creates contrast through deep colorful poetry, and sheer power as opposed to using many parametric changes. In my opinion this interpretation is the perfect balance of romantic power and depth with Baroque form and character. On top of the performance alone, the Fazioli piano chosen has absolutely stunning soud quality and is perfect for Busoni.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory Playing 27 July 2012
By David J. Friedlander - Published on Amazon.com
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There are many ways to skin a cat or so the saying goes. One has to take that philosophy with them even to approach this music with an open mind and ear. It's Bach or is it? After all, Busoni took Bach's organ music and bent it in an entirely new way for the modern piano. Busoni had an impressive reputation as a player and it seems he considered this music a living entity that could change and morph into something new at each sitting. So if you are a staunch Bach traditionalist, this is going to rattle your world right from the beginning. Busoni changes aren't limited to accoustic characteristics of the piano vs. the organ either, he also adds notes, puts two different compositions together as one work, completes unfinished pieces and embellishes the music to match his unique vision.

Taking this idea of multiple possibilites with Bach's music and applying it to interpreting Busoni's transcriptions reveals another layer of possibility. Bach's music is so great that it can weather multiple interpretations without any harm. There are other excellent versions of some of these transcriptions but that doesn't render any of them "better" or "superior". Demidenko's vision is a muscular Bach yet it also is a deeply poetic Bach. His vision is more towards the long term architecture of Bach's vision. There are multiple ways of phrasing and presenting these rich, dense journeys of polyphony and Demidenko's is marvelously satisfying.

Bach is like a living language. Busoni showed it can endure the changes and trends in music and his romantic vision of it proved successful and valid. The modern piano makes possible even greater revelations and the results are compelling here. Demidenko comments that the Fazioli piano used on this recording has the ability to sustain the treble range beyond any other piano. He felt this allowed him to tailor his playing to this capability and in the process, reveal new ways of expressing the music. The result is more living Bach, a new vision and unique presentation of perhaps the greatest musical composer in the history of man. The CD ends appropriately with the Chaconne from the solo violin partita #2 in d minor, perhaps the greatest cry from the heart ever made in music.

This is a fantastic CD and anyone who loves Bach and understands the potential of his music to continue to evolve will garner great pleasure from it. 5 stars all the way around.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach Transcriptions 27 Feb 2011
By James Wright III - Published on Amazon.com
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This entire series of Bach piano transcriptions are well worthwhile and highly enjoyable. It seems hard to imagine that only slightly more than a century ago, the only way most individuals could hear the classics was through transcriptions.
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