Bach: Busoni Transcriptions After J.S. Bach

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1 Prelude & Fugue in D Major, BWV 532 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 06:24 88/24 Album only
2 Prelude & Fugue in D Major, BWV 532 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano): Fugue 09:08 88/24 Album only
3 Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552 "St. Anne" (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 12:59 88/24 Album only
4 Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552 "St. Anne" (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano): Fugue 08:41 88/24 Album only
5 Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C Major, BWV 564 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano): Preludio, quasi improvvisando 06:59 88/24 Album only
6 Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C Major, BWV 564 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano): Intermezzo. Adagio 06:34 88/24 Album only
7 Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C Major, BWV 564 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano): Fugue 06:44 88/24 Album only
8 Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 03:11 88/24 Album only
9 Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano): Fugue 07:49 88/24 Album only
10 Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 16:23 88/24 Album only
11 18 Chorales "Leipziger Chorale": Komm, Gott Schopfer, BWV 667 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 02:46 88/24 Album only
12 6 Schubler Chorales: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 04:44 88/24 Album only
13 18 Chorales "Leipziger Chorale": Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 05:37 88/24 Album only
14 Chorale Preludes: Nun freut euch, liebe Christen g'mein, BWV 734 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 02:05 88/24 Album only
15 Das Orgelbuchlein: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 03:33 88/24 Album only
16 Das Orgelbuchlein: Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, BWV 617 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 02:55 88/24 Album only
17 Das Orgelbuchlein: Durch Adam's Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 03:03 88/24 Album only
18 Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 705 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 05:29 88/24 Album only
19 Das Orgelbuchlein: In dir ist Freude, BWV 615 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 03:20 88/24 Album only
20 18 Chorales "Leipziger Chorale": Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 06:22 88/24 Album only
21 Prelude & Fugue in E Minor, BWV 533 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) 03:07 88/24 Album only
22 Prelude & Fugue in E Minor, BWV 533 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano): Fugue 04:21 88/24 Album only

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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 Bach’s 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, Busoni’s 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”.