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Ferruccio Busoni: The Piano Works / Geoffrey Douglas Madge


Release Date: 12/04/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 420740   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 6 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Away with moderation: Busoni is the most misunderstood and misrepresented of the twentieth century's great composers, and this massive six-and-a-half-hour set may prove to be the biggest boost to his reputation since Antony Beaumont's completion of the final scene of Doktor Faust and his admirable book on the composer.

Madge plays with quite stunning technical control and an evident love of rich and complex piano sonorities that matches Busoni's own (and if he pounds with his left hand rather in some of the earlier music, it is no doubt what the composer would have done himself). He has all the necessary stamina that the bigger pieces demand, but is no less sensitive to more mysterious and poetic pages. The performances
Read more were recorded live (though there is not the slightest sign of an audience or of a large concert-hall acoustic), so there are a few minor fluffs of no real consequence.... the set is a major achievement and an eloquently compelling act of advocacy."

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone

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Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 37/K 181 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; Graz, Austria 
2.
Tanzwalzer, Op. 53/K 288 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Berlin, Germany 
3.
Ballet Scene no 4, Waltz and Galopp for Piano, Op. 33a/K 238 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Berlin, Germany 
4.
Racconti fantastici for Piano, Op. 12/K 100 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; Graz, Austria 
5.
Variations and Fugue on Chopin's Prelude in C minor, Op. 22/K 213 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1884; Austria 
6.
Macchiette medioevale for Piano, Op. 33/K 194 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1883; Graz, Austria 
7.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 33b/K 241 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1896; Berlin, Germany 
8.
Elegies (7) for Piano, K 249 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Berlin, Germany 
9.
Suite campestre, Op. 18/K 81 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1878; Graz, Austria 
10.
Variations (10) on Chopin's Prelude in c, Op. 22/K 213a by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Berlin, Germany 
11.
Fantasia contrappuntistica, K 256 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1922; Berlin, Germany 
Notes: Ver: 1910 
12.
Choralvorspiel, K 256a by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912 
Notes: This work is Busoni's "Edizione minore" of his Fantasia contappuntistica, K 256. 
13.
Nuit de noël by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Berlin, Germany 
14.
Indianisches Tagebuch: Book 1, K 267 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Berlin, Germany 
15.
Fantasia after Johann Sebastian Bach for Piano, K 253 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Berlin, Germany 
16.
Toccata for Piano, K 287 "Preludio, Fantasia, Ciacona" by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Germany 
17.
Albumblätter (3) for Piano by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1923; Berlin, Germany 
18.
An die Jugend, K 254 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Berlin, Germany 
19.
Kurze Stücke zur Pflege des polyphonen Spiels auf dem Pianoforte, K 296 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Berlin, Germany 
20.
Prélude et Étude en Arpčges, K 297 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Berlin, Germany 
21.
Perpetuum mobile, K 293 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Berlin, Germany 
22.
Sonatina for Piano no 1, K 257 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Berlin, Germany 
23.
Sonatina for Piano no 2, K 259 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Berlin, Germany 
24.
Sonatina ad usum infantis, K 268 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1916; Berlin, Germany 
25.
Sonatina in diem Nativitatis Christi 1917, K 274 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Berlin, Germany 
26.
Sonatina brevis, K 280 "In signo Joannis Sebastiani Magni" by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1919; Berlin, Germany 
27.
Sonatina super Carmen, K 284 "Kammerfantasie" by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Berlin, Germany 

Featured Sound Samples

Preludes for Piano: No 5: Vivace, quasi presto
Indianisches Tagebuch, Book 1: No 4: Maestoso ma andando
Sonatina super Carmen

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