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Busoni: Piano Music, Vol. 9 / Harden


Release Date: 09/08/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573751  
Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Wolf Harden
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All the works on this recording were composed when Busoni was between the ages of eleven and fifteen. Full of charm and wit, they reveal his precocious absorption of earlier models- principally Bach, Mozart, Weber and Schumann- as well as exceptional technical finesse. Una festa di villagigio charts the day’s events of a village festival whilst Suite campestre, one of his most distinctive early compositions, possesses moments of inwardness that presage the mature works to come. Wolf Harden, who was born in Hamburg in 1962, is one of the most versatile pianists of his generation. He has enjoyed great success in the Trio Fontenay, an ensemble that he founded in 1980 and with which he has toured to all the world’s major music centres. Harden Read more devotes himself not only to chamber music but, with the same success, to the solo piano repertoire. His concert tours have taken him to South America and India as well as to countries throughout Europe, and his special affinity with unusual repertoire is attested by numerous recordings. He was the first to record a complete version of Hans Pfitzner’s Piano Concerto and has recorded piano music by Erno Dohnanyi, Franz Lehar and Ferruccio Busoni. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Una Festa di Villaggio, character pieces (6) for piano, Op. 9, KiV 185 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Wolf Harden (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 12/1881 
2.
Racconti fantastici for Piano, Op. 12/K 100 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Wolf Harden (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; Graz, Austria 
3.
Danze antiche, Op. 11 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Wolf Harden (Piano)
4.
Gavotte in F Minor, Op. 70 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Wolf Harden (Piano)
5.
Suite campestre, Op. 18/K 81 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Wolf Harden (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1878; Graz, Austria 
6.
Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 3, K 71 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Wolf Harden (Piano)

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