This disc was nominated for the 2000 Gramophone magazine award for "Best Concerto Recording." It also received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)." In his time, Ferruccio Busoni was known better as a pianist than as a composer. Indeed, he was thought to be among the greatest to ever play the instrument. However, it is as a composer that Busoni defined himself, and since his passing, his music has become a monument to his dreams. His lavishly orchestrated Piano Concerto in C Major is a magnificently unique piece, so unusual that it is rarely performed in concert. Certainly a concerto of this length (over 70 minutes) is a rarity, but it is Busoni's distinctive musical vision thatRead more truly sets the piece apart. Sweeping the audience away as if on an ocean, Busoni's melodies pass through the majestic piece in waves. Lyrical, yet too subtle for a dance, the concerto is an immersion in Busoni's sensual world. Mark Elder and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra capture the tactile nature of the music beautifully, and pianist Marc-André Hamelin has the deft touch required for Busoni's highly technical work. Read less
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Concerto for Piano with Orchestra and Male Chorus, Op. 39/K 247by Ferruccio Busoni Performer:
Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century Written: 1903-1904 Date of Recording: 06/1999 Venue: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England Length: 73 Minutes 48 Secs. Language: German
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