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Busoni: Late Piano Music [Marc-André Hamelin] [Hyperion: CDA67951/3] Box set

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  • Composer: Ferruccio Busoni
  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00FBE94Q6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,568 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Elegies
  2. Nuit de Noël BV251
  3. Fantasia after J S Bach BV253
  4. Canonic Variations and Fugue BVB40
  5. Giga, bolero e variazione Book 3 of An die Jugend BV254

Disc: 2

  1. Sonatina BV257
  2. Sonatina seconda BV259
  3. Sonatina
  4. Sonatina in diem nativitatis Christi MCMXVII BV274
  5. Sonatina brevis in signo Joannis Sebastiani Magni BV280
  6. Kammer-Fantasie über Carmen BV284
  7. Indianisches Erntelied
  8. Indianisches Tagebuch I BV267
  9. Three Albumleaves BV289

Disc: 3

  1. Toccata Preludio, Fantasia, Ciaccona BV287
  2. Prologo BV279
  3. Preludio Allegro festivo
  4. Preludio without the third finger, Moderato alla breve
  5. Veloce e leggiero
  6. Vivace moderato, con precisione
  7. Variations-Studie nach Mozart I
  8. Motive Allegro risoluto
  9. Allegro
  10. Nine Variations on a Chopin Prelude BV213a
  11. Seven Short Pieces for the Cultivation of Polyphonic Playing BV296
  12. Perpetuum mobile BV293
  13. Prélude et étude en arpèges BV297

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Elegies, BV249 - Nuit de Noël, BV251 - Fantasia after J S Bach, BV253 - Kammer-Fantasie über Carmen, BV284... / Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Review

Playing with unfaltering lucidity and authority,Hamelin achieves an astonishing triumph even by his exalted standards. --Gramophone, Nov'13

What comes through on listening to Hamelin is the underlying consistency of his approach over this music as a whole and, above all, the singularity of Busoni's musical vision and its relevence to composers and pianists almost a century on. --IRR, Dec'13

Busoni was a figure whose music seems to reflect the weight of history. Perhaps this was inevitable after his parents named him Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni. He certainly lived up to expectations when he became not only a phenomenal pianist but an accomplished conductor, a hugely important theorist and a composer of unique vision. Though latterly he became best known as a transcriber of the music of others (notably Bach), his own music has considerable power and impact and much of the time great seriousness of intent. This set is devoted to Busoni's late piano music, which embraces the last 17 years of his life. By this point, the serious has become still more refined, the contrapuntal writing still more intense and concentrated, the experiments in tonality still bolder. Yet it's not all po-faced; witness the impish Perpetuum Mobile, the Sixth Sonatina (based on Carmen) or the Elegies, whose range of mood is not even hinted at by their title. One of Hamelin's great strengths as an artist, apart from his legendary technical facility, is his understanding of musical lines, his ability to draw from pages black with notes a clarity of vision. This serves him exceptionally well in the pieces from the Klavierübung or the Toccata: Preludio, Fantasia, Ciaccona. Hamelin combines clarity with a deliquescent beauty in the off-puttingly titled but absolutely compelling Seven Short Pieces for the Cultivation of Polyphonic Playing, while revealing the solemn beauty of the noble Andante from the Indianisches Tagebuch or the last of the Three Album Leaves. This is very much the music of a man looking inward. If you look inward with him, you enter a quite magical world. And Hamelin's performances, warmly recorded, are worthy of the composer himself, which is no mean feat. ***** --ArtsDesk, 17/12/13


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