OnClassical | OC138PSET2 | 2015


Busoni, F.: Piano Transcriptions after J.S. Bach [2-album set]
Sandro Ivo Bartoli, Piano

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Ferruccio Busoni was a 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 Bachs 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, Busonis 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. -Brilliant Classics

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Sound is airlessly close, immediate, and detailed. ‐Adrian Corleonis (01/01/2015) 

Piano Transcriptions after J.S. Bach [2-album set]
Sandro Ivo Bartoli, Piano

OnClassical
Prod. No.: 9 / 2015
Cat. No: OC138PSET2
UPC: 720189873126
No. Album(s): 2

Recorded @ Auditorium Puccini, Torre del Lago, 2014

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: N/A
Artwork: OnClassical

Equipment used: N/A
Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano

An OnClassical prod., © 2014

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