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Busoni and His Legacy: Piano Recordings by Busoni, Ley, Petri
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CD

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ARB 134CD ARB 134CD
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RELEASE DATE
10/16/2015

2002 release. Advances in restoration technology have exposed for the first time all of the colors, shades of touch, nuances, and dynamics of pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni's 1922 recordings. His first and few encounters with the horn made recording a detestable act for someone who preferred playing lengthy works. Although recorded into a horn before the advent of the microphone, the recordings capture the studio's Bechstein piano in its sonic projection into the room's space. Egon Petri's performances (with Hans Rosbaud and the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, recorded in 1936 and 1932) survive as war trophies and reveal Busonian elements in his own interpretation; Petri was so influenced by his master that he could no longer distinguish between his own ideas and Busoni's, a problem for him but an insider's view for the listener. Busoni highly influenced the many who crossed his path, such as his pupil Kurt Weill; his talks with Edgard Varèse led Varèse to develop electronic music. This CD also includes performances by Rosamond Ley, recorded in 1942. Includes performances of compositions by Busoni, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt.