Busoni: Piano Concerto

Marc-Andre Hamelin; Mark Elder: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA67143

Release Date:  01 November 1999

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571171432

Genres:  Classical  Orchestral  

  • Description

    This has to be our Romantic Piano Concerto for the millennium!
    The Busoni concerto, with its five movements, choral finale and a length of over 70 minutes, is surely the most grandiose ever written. But this is no over-ambitious monster; Busoni was one of the greatest pianists the world has known, but he was also a great intellectual with very strong views on art and culture. This work is the masterpiece of his middle years, more of a symphony in the breadth and scope of its ideas, but at the same time almost casually requiring the most formidable technical ability from the soloist. There is no doubt that this is one of music's major neglected masterpieces.
    Marc-Andre Hamelin needs no introduction as a champion of the greatest challenges in the piano literature. Here he is joined by Mark Elder who has a particular reputation as a Busoni conductor. He conducted this work with Peter Donohoe in their famed Proms performance of 1988 and he has also conducted Busoni's rarely performed magnum opus 'Doctor Faust' at ENO.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. I. Prologo E Introito (Allegro, Dolce E Solenne)
      • 2. II. Pezzo Giocoso (Vivacemente, Ma Senza Fretta)
      • 3. III. Pezzo Serioso: Intro (Andante Sostenuto, Pensoso)
      • 4. III. Pezzo Serioso: Prima Pars (Andante, Quasi Adagio)
      • 5. III. Pezzo Serioso: Altera Pars (Sommessamente)
      • 6. III. Pezzo Serioso: Ultima Pars (A Tempo)
      • 7. IV. All' Italiana (Tarantella) (Vivace; In Un Tempo)
      • 8. V. Cantico (Largamente)