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Bach Piano Transcriptions Vol 2 - Busoni / Demidenko


Release Date: 03/12/2002 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67324   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachFerruccio Busoni
Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nikolai Demidenko's large-scale pianism suits Busoni's Bach transcriptions to a tee. Listen first to the E minor prelude; you sense that Demidenko truly revels in the music's declamatory syntax and booming bass lines. Part of this may have to do with the pianist's Fazioli concert grand, whose resonance cuts like a saber wrapped in a velvet cloak. Demidenko sculpts fluid paragraphs out of the D major fugue's superficially repetitious sequences, and takes the hybrid Fantasia, Adagio, and Fugue at a brisk, vehement clip. The pianist forges an effortless link between the unfinished fugue's last measures and Busoni's unmistakably crabbed conclusion.


By contrast, Durch Adam's Fall ist ganz verderbt is given a broader than
Read more usual yet compellingly sustained treatment. In Wachet Auf, Demidenko succeeds better than most in projecting the middle-voice chorale tune in consistent proportion to Bach's upper and lower lines. Oddly, the D minor Chaconne transcription proves to be the recital's sole dud. Demidenko fusses around with agogics and tempo fluctuation to the point where the music's unity and cumulative power fall by the wayside. If you want a freewheeling Bach/Busoni Chaconne, Evgeny Kissin delivers the goods with a more unbuttoned, scintillating kind of virtuosity. Excellent, historically informative notes by Charles Hopkins complement Hyperion's top-notch engineering.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 906 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Ferruccio Buconi (1915) 
2.
Adagio in G major, BWV 968 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Notes: Arranged: Ferruccio Busoni (1915) 
3.
Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Ferruccio Busoni (1907-09) 
4.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Ferruccio Busoni (1907-09) 
5.
Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 533 "Little Prelude and Fugue" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; Arnstadt, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Ferruccio Busoni (1894) 
6.
Orgelbüchlein: Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel, BWV 617 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714-1715; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Ferruccio Busoni (1907-09) 
7.
Orgelbüchlein: Durch Adams fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Ferruccio Busoni (1907-09) 
8.
Orgelbüchlein: In dir ist Freude, BWV 615 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Ferruccio Busoni (1907-09) 
9.
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Ferruccio Busoni (1907-09) 
10.
Chaconne for Piano in D minor (after Bach, BWV 1004), K B24 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1897 
11.
Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Ferruccio Busoni (1888) 

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