Holger Groschopp

Ferruccio Busoni: Bach Transcriptions

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German pianist Holger Groschopp has emerged as something of a specialist in the voluminous body of transcriptions by Ferruccio Busoni. The most famous of these are treatments of Bach's music, but he also wrote arrangements and reworkings of Mozart, Liszt, and many other composers. This is a new recording of Bach transcriptions, made in 2011. Busoni's transcriptions are often heard singly on recital albums, but there's a lot to be said for hearing them in large groups, even for hearing the two CDs' worth here. It gets into the range of treatments Busoni applied, from massive Mahlerian attempts to encompass the world of the organ on piano, to studies in chromatic harmony, to quiet reverential treatments. Several of the works here are world premieres on recordings, and Groschopp even delves into entirely original concepts such as a chorale-based improvisation (CD 2, track 23). None of this is to say that his approach is academic or dully completist. In many cases he brings this music to life, with, for example, great crunching opening chords in the big organ preludes that seem to be straining to project the piano into the organ's realm. Highly recommended, and likely to help further what is already a substantial revival in Busoni's music.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Präludium und Fuge D-Dur für Orgel (BWV 532) (after Bach)
1 5:01
2 6:15
Toccatas, transcriptions (2) for piano in D minor & C major (BWV 564/565; BBGA 7/3), KiV B29
3 2:12
4 6:04
Orgelchoralvorspiele von Johann Sebastian Bach (after Bach)
5 2:14
6 3:43
7 4:31
8 2:10
9 2:45
10 1:49
11 1:32
12 3:26
13 2:29
14 4:20
Toccatas, transcriptions (2) for piano in D minor & C major (BWV 564/565; BBGA 7/3), KiV B29
15 5:49
16 4:29
17 5:05

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:46
Capriccio über die Abreise des vielgeliebten Bruders (BWV 992) (after Bach)
2 1:30
3 1:35
4 2:45
5 0:24
6 0:53
7 2:14
Fantasia, Adagio e Fuga (after Bach)
8 4:04
9 3:34
10 4:08
Kanonische Variationen und Fuge (über das Thema König Friedrich des Großen) (after Bach)
11 0:17
12 0:37
13 0:55
14 0:57
15 0:31
16 0:20
17 0:29
18 0:41
19 0:16
20 2:15
21 0:48
22 1:43
23 14:29
24 2:08
25 2:00
26 4:55
27 3:22
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