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Holger Groschopp – Busoni Piano Works (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Holger Groschopp – Busoni Piano Works (2020)
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Ferruccio Busoni was undoubtedly what can be termed a ‘child prodigy’. His maturity as a young pianist can only be indirectly evidenced by contemporary reports. But in his early compositions, his astonishing command of the metier can be assessed directly. In particular, he demonstrated a sure instinct for part writing and counterpoint, before he had received systematic teaching in these disciplines. Busoni connoisseurs will detect unexpected parallels to the works of his mature period; their germ cells, as it were. And the common music lover may find joy in a wealth of piano pieces, some of which at least need not shy any comparison with Schumann, Mendelssohn, Reinecke and Grieg.

This collection of Busoni transcriptions, while far from complete, offers a number of previously unrecorded curiosities chiming in teasingly amid rarities and standards, in performances ranging from genial to towering. As a glance at the headnote tells, the degree of Busoni’s involvement with the music of others is often difficult to pinpoint. The Sonatina sopra Carmen , for instance, is usually classified with Busoni’s original works, though, at first blush, it seems to belong with the opera transcriptions. But what Busoni has done with the Bizet tunes—and with Carmen —is to propound an allusive essay on passion and death transcending the materials he has taken in a manner similar to contemporary literary techniques in the works of Eliot (e.g., the adaptation of Dante in The Waste Land ), Pound (the translation of Homer kicking off the Cantos ), and Joyce. It certainly does not belong with the potboiler potpourri on Goldmark’s Merlin , or with the delightful fantasy on themes from Peter Cornelius’s Barber of Bagdad , nor—again—with the 18-year-old’s straight and effective transcription of Siegfried’s so-called Funeral March from Götterdämmerung . Busoni’s transcription of the Liszt “Ad nos” Fantasy and Fugue for organ—while he pianofies, so to speak, some accompanying figures—is a more or less straight transcription; but with the first Mephisto Waltz he encountered the massive stumbling block of Liszt’s having already rendered the symphonic Tanz in der Dorfschenke as a stunning piano thriller. Busoni, therefore, made his own transcription from the orchestral score—a version Horowitz occasionally raided for his own idiosyncratic performances. In the familiar Chaconne, Busoni made a magnificent piano piece of that number from Bach’s Partita in D Minor for solo violin—a banal fact worth mentioning only to note that Leopold Godowsky produced whole albums of piano works spun off from Bach’s suites for solo violin and solo cello which are also worth hearing, as well as fascinating to play. The noncommittally titled Grosse Fuge is the kernel of what would be elaborated as the Fantasia contrappuntistica . And so on.

Tracklist

1. Holger Groschopp – No. 1, Preparazione alla festa
2. Holger Groschopp – No. 2, Marcia trionfale
3. Holger Groschopp – No. 3, In chiesa
4. Holger Groschopp – No. 4, La fiera
5. Holger Groschopp – No. 5, Danza
6. Holger Groschopp – No. 6, Notte
7. Holger Groschopp – Marcia di paesani e contadine, Op. 32, BV 193
8. Holger Groschopp – No. 1 in C Major
9. Holger Groschopp – No. 2 in A Minor
10. Holger Groschopp – No. 3 in G Major
11. Holger Groschopp – No. 4 in E Minor
12. Holger Groschopp – No. 5 in D Major
13. Holger Groschopp – No. 6 in B Minor
14. Holger Groschopp – No. 7 in A Major
15. Holger Groschopp – No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor
16. Holger Groschopp – No. 9 in E Major
17. Holger Groschopp – No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor
18. Holger Groschopp – No. 11 in B Major
19. Holger Groschopp – No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor
20. Holger Groschopp – No. 13 in F-Sharp Major
21. Holger Groschopp – No. 14 in E-Flat Minor
22. Holger Groschopp – No. 15 in D-Flat Major
23. Holger Groschopp – No. 16 in B-Flat Minor
24. Holger Groschopp – No. 17 in A-Flat Major
25. Holger Groschopp – No. 18 in F Minor
26. Holger Groschopp – No. 19 in E-Flat Major
27. Holger Groschopp – No. 20 in C Minor
28. Holger Groschopp – No. 21 in B-Flat Major
29. Holger Groschopp – No. 22 in G Minor
30. Holger Groschopp – No. 23 in F Major
31. Holger Groschopp – No. 24 in D Minor
32. Holger Groschopp – Scherzo
33. Holger Groschopp – No. 1, Preludio
34. Holger Groschopp – No. 2, Minuetto
35. Holger Groschopp – No. 3, Gavotte
36. Holger Groschopp – No. 4, Étude
37. Holger Groschopp – No. 5, Gigue
38. Holger Groschopp – Minuetto in F Major, Op. 14, BV 77
39. Holger Groschopp – I. Canzone villereccia del mattino
40. Holger Groschopp – II. La caccia
41. Holger Groschopp – III. L’orgia
42. Holger Groschopp – IV. Il ritorno
43. Holger Groschopp – V. Preghiera della sera
44. Holger Groschopp – I. Preludio
45. Holger Groschopp – II. Fuga
46. Holger Groschopp – Gavotta, Op. 25, BV 89
47. Holger Groschopp – No. 1, Duello
48. Holger Groschopp – No. 2, Klein Zaches
49. Holger Groschopp – No. 3, La Caverna di Steenfoll
50. Holger Groschopp – Menuetto capriccioso in C Major, Op. 61, BV 124
51. Holger Groschopp – No. 1, Minuetto
52. Holger Groschopp – No. 2, Gavotte
53. Holger Groschopp – No. 3, Gigue
54. Holger Groschopp – No. 4, Bourrée
55. Holger Groschopp – Gavotte in F Minor, Op. 70, BV 152
56. Holger Groschopp – No. 1, Minuetto
57. Holger Groschopp – No. 2, Sonatina
58. Holger Groschopp – No. 3, Gigue
59. Holger Groschopp – I. Preludio
60. Holger Groschopp – II. Fuga
61. Holger Groschopp – Scherzo, Op. 4, BV 197 No. 1
62. Holger Groschopp – I. Prélude
63. Holger Groschopp – II. Fugue
64. Holger Groschopp – Scène de ballet, Op. 6, BV 197 No. 3
65. Holger Groschopp – Danza notturna, Op. 13, BV 189
66. Holger Groschopp – No. 1, Dama
67. Holger Groschopp – No. 2, Cavaliere
68. Holger Groschopp – No. 3, Paggio
69. Holger Groschopp – No. 4, Guerriero
70. Holger Groschopp – No. 5, Astrologo
71. Holger Groschopp – No. 6, Trovatore
72. Holger Groschopp – Improvvisata per piano

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