Busoni: Complete Works for Cello and Piano

Busoni: Complete Works for Cello and Piano

     
 

Best remembered for his beefy transcriptions of Bach and as a virtuoso pianist of wide influence, Ferruccio Busoni is touted on this Naxos disc as an important twentieth century composer whose works have fallen into neglect. But this back cover note is misleading, for very little here is really Busoni's, and those few pieces date from 1878 toSee more details below

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Best remembered for his beefy transcriptions of Bach and as a virtuoso pianist of wide influence, Ferruccio Busoni is touted on this Naxos disc as an important twentieth century composer whose works have fallen into neglect. But this back cover note is misleading, for very little here is really Busoni's, and those few pieces date from 1878 to 1886, and are therefore products of the nineteenth century. The slim program is padded with Ottorino Respighi's "Adagio con variazioni," for strained biographical reasons, and Busoni's transcriptions for cello and piano of Bach's "Chromatic Fantasia" and Liszt's "Valse oubliée" are counted among his "complete works." Only three original compositions remain, a modest handful that makes the disc's title seem hyperbolic. The "Kleine Suite for cello and piano," composed by Busoni in his twenties, is a pastiche of Bach's style, but it also owes a debt to Brahms in its rich harmonies and lyrical expression. The "Serenata in G minor" and "Kultaselle," a set of ten variations on a Finnish folk song, are ambitious student works that show Busoni's early development as a keyboard wizard, but his writing for cello is cautious and unexceptional. Pianist Angelo Pepicelli and his brother, cellist Francesco Pepicelli, give energetic performances, and the recorded sound is acceptable.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313569120
catalogNumber:
8555691
Rank:
370522

Tracks

  1. Adagio con variazioni, for cello & piano, P. 188  - Ottorino Respighi
  2. Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, arrangement for cello & piano (after J. S. Bach, BWV 903; BBGA 7/7), KiV B38  - Ferruccio Busoni
  3. Kleine Suite, for cello & piano, Op. 23, KiV 215  - Ferruccio Busoni
  4. Serenata, for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 34, KiV 196  - Ferruccio Busoni
  5. Kultaselle, variations (10) on a Finnish Folksong for cello & piano, KiV 237  - Ferruccio Busoni
  6. Valse oubliée, arrangement for cello & piano, (after Liszt), KiV B69  - Ferruccio Busoni

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