Busoni: Elegien, etc

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Busoni: Elegien, etc
Peter Donohoe (piano)

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Release Date: Friday 30 July 2021

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Peter Donohoe CBE studied at Chetham's School of Music and Leeds University before going on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derek Wyndham and in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility, and commanding technique. He first came across the works of Busoni in the early 1980s and, as he states in his booklet note, 'Busoni's contribution to the musical history of the twentieth century is inestimable, and I feel very much enriched by the several decades of my exposure to it.'

The programme he has chosen includes three of the pinnacles of Busoni's virtuosic output: The Toccata, BV 287, the seven Elegien, and the Sonatina on Bizet's Carmen, alongside the much earlier Bach transcription of which Peter Donohoe writes: 'The Toccata, in particular, has always struck me as one of the most joyous pieces in the history of instrumental music, and Busoni's transcription certainly brings out that joy.'


Toccata, BV 287 (1921)

An J. Philipp
'Non è senza difficoltà che si arriva al fine' Frescobaldi
1.Preludio. Quasi Presto, arditamente
2.Fantasia. Sostenuto, quasi Adagio - Allegretto un poco vivace
3.Ciaccona. Allegro risoluto - Un poco stretto - Più stretto -3:22Audio Player

Elegien, BV 249 (1907) and BV 252 ('Berceuse', 1909)
Sieben neue Klavierstücke
(Seven New Piano Pieces)
4.1 Nach der Wendung. Recueillement. An Gottfried Galston
5.2 All' Italia! in modo napolitano. A Egon Petri. Andante barcarolo
6.3 'Meine Seele bangt und hofft zu Dir...' Choralvorspiel
7.4 Turandots Frauengemach. Intermezzo. An Michael von Zadora.
8.5 Die Nächtlichen. Walzer. An O'Neil Phillips
9.6 Erscheinung. Notturno. An Leo Kestenberg. Andante
10.7 Berceuse. An Johan Wijsman. Andantino calmo - (Un poco mosso)

11.Sonatina [No.6] super Carmen, BV 284 (1920)
Kammer-Fantasie/Fantasia da camera
(Chamber Fantasy)
En souvenir d'èstime et de reconnaissance, à Monsieur Tauber, Paris, Mars 1920

Toccata, BV 29 (1899)
in C major • in C-Dur • en ut majeur
Transcription for Solo Piano
of Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue, BWV 564 (c.1712?)
of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
An Robert Freund
12.1 (Preludio, quasi improvvisando) Tempo moderato - Maestosamente, ma andando
13.2 (Intermezzo) Adagio - Grave (Adagio molto) - Mächtig, breit
14.3 (Fuga) Moderatamente scherzando, un poco umoristico