Bach Nostalghia / Francesco Piemontesi

Release Date: 4/2/2021
Label: Pentatone
Catalog Number: PTC5186846
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 52 Minutes

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CD
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$15.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

On Nostalghia, his second PENTATONE album, pianist Francesco Piemontesi presents original works of Bach, alongside Bach transcriptions and works inspired by Bach from Ferruccio Busoni, Wilhelm Kempff and Maximilian Schnaus. Whereas many modern-day musicians aim to revive the instruments used in Bach’s own time, Piemontesi explores the tradition of Bach transcriptions for piano. This tradition started in the nineteenth-century, found its most prominent exponent in Busoni, and is still alive today, as Schnaus’s transcription of Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter demonstrates. Despite using an instrument not yet existing in the composer’s time, Busoni and others sought to interpret Bach’s music with utmost reverence and study, expanding our notions of authenticity and Werktreue. For Piemontesi, playing Bach through the eyes of Busoni, Kempff and Schnaus incites a sense of nostalgia, re-establishing the ties to a rich pianistic tradition. The album title refers to Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia, a 1983 film about nostalgia and the untranslatability of art and culture. Francesco Piemontesi is among the most-cherished pianists of our age, and presents the second fruit of his exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE, having released the acclaimed Schubert - Last Piano Sonatas in 2019.

Works on This Recording
Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Germany
2. 18 Chorales, BWV 651-668, "Leipziger Chorale": Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (arr. F. Busoni for piano) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Written: 1723 ;
3. 6 Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (arr. F. Busoni for piano) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Written: 1747 ;
4. I. [Allegro] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Written: 1735 ;
5. II. Andante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Written: 1735 ;
6. III. Presto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Written: 1735 ;
7. Flute Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 1031: II. Siciliano (arr. W. Kempff for piano) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Written: 1734 ;
8. 6 Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650 (arr. M. Schnaus for piano) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Written: 1749 ;
9. Toccata by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Written: 1921 ;
Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Written: 1739 ;
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