Ferruccio Busoni

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Ferruccio Busoni (1 April 1866 – 27 July 1924) (given names: Ferruccio Dante Michelangiolo Benvenuto) was an Italian composer, pianist, conductor, editor, writer, and teacher. His international career and reputation meant that he met and had close relations with many of the leading musicians, artists and literary figures of his time, and he was sought-after both as a keyboard instructor and a teacher of composition.

Busoni was born in Empoli, just south of Florence; he was the son of professional musicians. Initially trained by his father, he later studied at the Vienna Conservatory and then with Wilhelm Mayer and Carl Reinecke. In the ensuing years, after brief periods teaching in Helsinki and Moscow, he devoted himself to composing, teaching, and touring as a virtuoso pianist in Europe and the United States. His writings on music were influential; they covered not only aesthetics but considerations of microtones and other innovative topics. He was based in Berlin from 1894 but spent much of World War I in Switzerland.

Busoni was an outstanding (if sometimes controversial) pianist from an early age. He began composing in his early years in a late romantic style, but after 1907, when he published his Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music, he developed a more individual style, often with elements of atonality. His visits to America led to interest in North American indigenous tribal melodies which were reflected in some of his works. His compositions include works for piano, including a monumental Piano Concerto, and transcriptions of the works of others, notably Johann Sebastian Bach which appeared in the Bach-Busoni Edition. His other compositions include chamber music, vocal and orchestral works, and also operas, one of which, Doktor Faust, was left unfinished at the time of his death. Busoni died in Berlin at the age of 58.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Flute Concertos Nielsen, Reinecke, Busoni; Aurèle Nicolet, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur 1
1989 Piano Concerto Ferruccio Busoni 1
1992 Bach Piano Transcriptions 1 Johann Sebastian Bach / Ferruccio Busoni; Nikolai Demidenko 2
1992 Bach-Busoni / Scarlatti / Beethoven / Brahms / Grieg / Mompou / Albeniz / Granados Bach, Busoni, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, Mompou, Albéniz, Granados; Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 1
1993 Clarinet Concertos Mozart, Busoni, Copland; English Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman, Paul Meyer 1
1993 Violin concertos Bruch, Busoni, Strauss; Ingolf Turban, Bamberger Symphoniker, Lior Shambadal 1
1995 String Quartets 1 & 2 (Pellegrini-Quartett) Ferruccio Busoni 1
1995 Orchestral, Chamber and Piano Music Ferruccio Busoni 1
1995 Wagneriana: Piano Transcriptions by Rubinstein, Busoni, von Bülow, Brassin, Wagner, Raff, Rupp Rubinstein, Busoni, von Bülow, Brassin, Wagner, Raff, Rupp; Cyprien Katsaris 1
1998 Liszt: Dante-Symphonie / Busoni: Sarabande & Cortège Franz Liszt, Ferruccio Busoni; Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Giuseppe Sinopoli 1
1999 The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 22: Piano Concerto, op. XXXIX Ferruccio Busoni; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mark Elder, Marc-André Hamelin 1
1999 Die Brautwahl Ferruccio Busoni; Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Daniel Barenboim 1
1999 Music for Two Pianos Mozart, Reger, Busoni; András Schiff, Peter Serkin 1
2000 Klavierwerke Ferruccio Busoni 1
2002 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Bach-Busoni: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C / Glinka-Balakirev: The Lark Mussorgsky, Bach-Busoni, Glinka-Balakirev; Evgeny Kissin 2
2002 Bach Piano Transcriptions 2 Johann Sebastian Bach / Ferruccio Busoni; Nikolai Demidenko 1
2002 Tanzwalzer / Clarinet Concertino / Berceuse élégiaque / Geharnischte Suite / Sarabande and Cortège Ferruccio Busoni; BBC Philharmonic, Neeme Järvi, John Bradbury 1
2003 Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, op. 33 & op. 39 / Busoni: Piano Works Rachmaninov, Ferruccio Busoni; John Ogdon 1
2005 Indianische Fantasie / Lustspiel-Overtüre / Gesang vom Reigen der Geister / Suite from "Die Brautwahl" Ferruccio Busoni; BBC Philharmonic, Neeme Järvi, Nelson Goerner 1
2005 Chaconne Bach, Brahms, Busoni, Lutz; Edna Stern, Amandine Beyer 1
2005 Transcriptions after J. S. Bach Bach-Busoni; John Ogdon 1
2007 Bruckner: Symphony No. 3; Busoni: Tanzwalzer Anton Bruckner, Ferruccio Busoni; BBC Northern Symphony & Jascha Horenstein 1
2010 Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside Bach, Busoni, Beethoven; James Rhodes 1
2013 Late Piano Music Busoni; Marc-André Hamelin 1
2014 The Romantic Violin Concerto, Volume 16: Busoni: Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35a / Benedictus from Beethoven's Missa solemnis / Strauss: Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 8 Busoni, Strauss; Tanja Becker-Bender, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Garry Walker 1
2014 Les Musiciens et la Grande Guerre, Volume 2 : 1913, au carrefour de la modernité Busoni, Debussy, Stravinsky; Jean-Sébastien Dureau, Vincent Planès 1
2015 Busoni: Transcriptions After J.S. Bach, Vol. 1 – Major Works Johann Sebastian Bach, Ferruccio Busoni; Sandro Ivo Bartoli 1
2015 Busoni: Transcriptions After J.S. Bach, Vol. 2 Johann Sebastian Bach, Ferruccio Busoni; Sandro Ivo Bartoli 1
Chamber Music Ferruccio Busoni 1
Masters of the Roll: Rare Original Recordings From the Reproducing Piano by the Great masters of Classical Piano 1904 - 1935: A 32 CD Catalogue: Disc 23 Ferruccio Busoni 1
Piano Concerto / Turandot Suite / Sarabande and Cortege Ferruccio Busoni 1
The Piano Works Ferruccio Busoni 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 15: Lyubov Bruk & Mark Taimanov Arensky, Busoni, Mozart, Poulenc, Rachmaninoff; Lyubov Bruk, Mark Taimanov 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Pletnev Live at Carnegie Hall Bach-Busoni, Beethoven, Chopin; Pletnev 1
2014 Silk Road Ikuma Dan, Alexander Borodin, Ferruccio Busoni; argovia philharmonic, Douglas Bostock 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Piano Music, Volume 1: Fantasia Contrappuntistica / An die Jugend (Wolf Harden, piano) Ferruccio Busoni 1
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Ferruccio Busoni 1

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