Ferruccio Busoni went into history as one of the greatest pianists who ever lived, and as the composer of an extraordinary and eclectic oeuvre, consisting of piano works, chamber music, a monumental piano concerto and operas.
Ferdinando Busoni (1834-1909) was Ferruccio’s father and a famous clarinetist. In an autobiographical note Ferruccio described his father as "a clarinettist who handled his instrument as a soloist in a special way, sometimes drawing inspiration from the violin, sometimes from Italian vocal music.
This rather special set includes two short pieces by Ferdinando, a Melodia for clarinet in B flat and piano that dates back to the 1880s, and the Rêverie pastorale for clarinet in BRead more flat and piano written in 1870, a composition that is half way between the Feuille d’album and a genre piece, entirely in keeping with the late 19th century taste for what was distinctive and recherché. Alongside them are early pieces by Ferruccio in a gently Romantic style, written when he was just 10 years of age.
Inevitably, beyond the rarity value of such pieces, attention will turn to the pieces of Busoni’s maturity – most strikingly the Elegia for clarinet and piano and the Concertino composed in 1918. In both works we may hear the delicate but strenuously achieved balance between high Classicism, modelled on Busoni’s ultimate hero Mozart, and the post-Romantic language of his own era.
This release presents the complete music for clarinet and piano by Ferruccio Busoni. The works span Busoni’s whole creative life, from the classical forms of his youth to the highly chromatic and expressionist language of his mature age.
One of Italy’s brightest young clarinettists, Davide Bandieri is a versatile musician and scholar, he plays solo clarinet in the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, is an avid chamber music player and is specialised in contemporary music. He wrote the extensive liner notes for this set himself. Read less
Busoni! Clarinet!October 24, 2015By RogerW Coventry (Chatsworth, IL)See All My Reviews"Putting one of my favorite and not heard often enough composers in works for one of my favorite instruments, clarinet, makes my listening a pleasure."Report Abuse