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Ferruccio Busoni - Concerto for Piano, Orchestra and Chorus in C opus 39 (1904)


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« on: October 12, 2017, 07:44:52 am »

Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni was born at Empoli in the year 1866. This five-movement concerto with male chorus in the finale is seldom heard.

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Duration: 1 hour 12 minutes 27 seconds

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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 04:26:04 pm »

Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni was born at Empoli in the year 1866. This five-movement concerto with male chorus in the finale is seldom heard.

https://mega.nz/#!IXxkWZCB!G2vXuEW7lcrB2Wb0PVQXhzkegbc6l sG5RonDuZ4IKSI

Duration: 1 hour 12 minutes 27 seconds
It's heard a good deal more frequently than was once the case. There were about a couple of dozen performances during the last two decades of the composer's short life, in most of which he participated, either as soloist or as conductor. It fell on comparatively hard times thereafter but, when John Ogdon first played it, it regenerated considerable interest. In the near half century since then, it has been recorded almost 20 times, I believe and certain pianists such as Peter Donohoe, Carlo Grante and Marc-André Hamelin have each performed it on several occasions. I consider it to be one of the greatest piano concertos ever written.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2017, 11:15:05 pm »

I entirely agree with your last sentence The concerto is a whole is magnificent but it is the opening which always absolutely grips me. As in the Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 there is the extended dramatic orchestral introduction before the piano comes in with heroic passion and power. Hair-raising
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2017, 01:01:48 am »

ABSOLUTELY AGREE!!!! I have listened to it so much I can almost sing parts of it, and the genius of the section (somewhere in the middle!) with the tarantella flavor is a treat I wait for....
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