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Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 1 Ferruccio Busoni CD

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  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZQO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Toccata
2. Fugue
3. Ich Ruf' Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ
4. Arioso
5. Fugato
6. Adagissimo
7. Marschmassig
8. Aria Di Postigione
9. Fuga
10. Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland
11. Prelude
12. Fugue
13. Nun Freut Euch, Lieben Christen G'mein
14. Toccata
15. Adagio
16. Fugue

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Transcriptions de Ferrucio Busoni / Toccatas, Chorals, Préludes & Fugues... de Johann Sebastian Bach / Nikolai Demidenko, piano

Review

'Strikingly conveys the spiritual states which Bach evokes in these pieces' --Classic CD

'Magnificently played' --BBC Music Magazine

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By on the corner on 3 Aug. 2011
Busoni's transcriptions have not always been popular but hearing this is is difficult to see why. The piano will never replace the organ but in these works it brings something new to them. What makes this CD such a joy is the precise playing and sensitive interpretations brought to the music by Demidenko. The Toccata in C, so often played with such haste, is played here so that it is extended by a full 2-3 minutes. It is exquisite. The same can be said for the rest of the CD too. The most intense and original playing of the Bach-Busoni works that you are likely to hear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By freddie on 19 Nov. 2014
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This is a great disc and what a great pianist Demidenko is! He is a virtuoso whose virtuosity is always at the service of the music and he is completely inside the Busoni idiom. He possesses real tonal variety (well captured in this superb recording) and never rushes the music .His playing has great clarity ,as in the Chorale Prelude in G Major , and many internal lines are exposed that I have never heard before, as in the magnificent Toccata, Adagio and Fugue.. The particular spiritual quality of Bach - Busoni is caught as never before, in my experience. The Steinway is captured in atmospheric but clear sound. Demidenko and Ates Orga provide the interesting notes to the CD and they make a strong case for the Bach-Busoni cause as well as for the superiority of piano transcriptions over orchestral transcriptions of Bach's music. Movie-buffs may also note that the Chorale Prelude in F Minor is used in both Pavel Pawlikowski's "Ida" and Tarkovsky's "Solaris". I play this disc very regularly and it is worth taking time to get to know this wonderful music intimately. This is one of my favourite piano recordings. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Warnock on 19 Oct. 2014
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Wonderfully virtuosic, interpretative playing
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A very good interpretation of Busoni's transcriptions. A charming CD
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Impressive but slow 10 Jun. 2000
By Michael Whincop - Published on Amazon.com
Weight is the keynote of this CD. There are few performances of these wonderful transcriptions that I know of which are as solemnly broad as these.
Demidenko is a great pianist. He is obviously inside Busoni's idiom and he has good recorded sound. His program is excellent, not only for giving us the more recorded pieces like the d minor Toccata and the preludes, but for much less recorded pieces, such as the St Anne Prelude & Fugue, the Capriccio, and the C major Toccata.
Comparisons in works like Nun komm are revealing. Demidenko weighs in at just under 7 minutes; Lipatti's famous recording is one second over 4! Undoubtedly, this captures the gravitas of these works, but there are times, as in the Prelude of BWV552 that one could wish for a bit more thrust. Likewise, the opening of the striding C major Toccata sounds unnecessarily portentous, especially by the side of a good performance on the organ.
I don't wish to give the impression that this is universally so. Demidenko turns in a dazzling Nun freut euch, the best ever recorded, and his octave uproar at the end of the prelude of the St Anne fugue and the thundering close of the Fugue in the C major Toccata makes you forgive the earlier indulgences. Likewise, you will never hear these works offered with so much colour or tonal variety.
It's certainly a disk to avoid if you are a purist, but I frankly doubt purists would have picked it up in the first place.
So, if you like this repertoire, you're should like this disk. I have played it countless times. There's also frankly little competition: Rösel on Berlin and Fergus Thompson on ASV are worth listening to, but neither is in Demidenko's class. Madge on Dante is very disappointing. So until we get a release of Fiorentino's droolingly fantastic program, Demidenko sweeps the board.
Don't forget some of the non-Busoni transcriptions, like Pizarro's Liszt transcriptions, Feinberg's own wonderful versions, and either the Scherbakov or Grante versions of the Godowsky.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Pure Pleasure 24 April 2001
By Walter Fekula - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael Wincop does a superb job reviewing this disc. Rather than repeat his words, I just want to add that the music is beautiful and a pure joy to listen to. I had the good fortune to listen to hear Mr. Demidenko when he gave his New York City debut last month at the Frick Museum. Our culture setter, the New York Times, did not bother to send a reviewer. Needless to say, he played wonderfully after getting used to the rented Steinway, which was harsh. He played several Bach-Busoni transcriptions as encores which led me to this disc. Hyperion does a wonderful job in capturing the dynamic range. Bravo to all.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
My number 3 desert island disc 18 July 2008
By Brian Clever - Published on Amazon.com
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The version of the Capriccio in Bb on this disc is worth the price of
admission all by itself. Simply beautiful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful 5 Jan. 2013
By charnlar - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm no music critic, but I love this representative sampling of Bach piano music. I enjoyed reading in the brochure about Busoni's talent in arranging these great pieces.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Probably should have been withheld 29 May 2015
By Scoglio - Published on Amazon.com
Painful as it was to listen to the whole disc, I did it if only to conclude that this was a serious misjudgment on all parts. While the concept is worthy, it utterly fails through the pianist's evident unfamiliarity with the mostly organ originals -- and a misguided, romantically overblown approach to these classics. If you can't play these technically demanding works 'a tempo' (with a consistent beat), then they should be off limits.

Either you like this approach, in which case Michelangeli and Horowitz were on the wrong track, or you revere the classic interpretive approach.

The final work on the disc, the unique Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C (BWV 564) is shredded to tatters. Virtually every bar expresses ego rather than Bach. A simple comparison with the live Horowitz rendition which opened his return to Carnegie Hall in 1965 (a highly eccentric choice it was thought at the time) may shock the many reviewers here who have praised this misbegotten effort to the skies.
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