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Busoni - Sonatinas 4 and 5

Discussion in 'Submission Room' started by techneut, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    I often find Busoni has a slightly disturbing harmonic sense and this is no different. The pieces aren't my cup of tea (you might guess that!) but they are interesting and I think you play them pretty well. I think there's occasions where a little fluidity is lost but it's not a serious problem. The bass of the piano sounds really nice; the octave from c' to c'' I'm a bit suspicious of the tuning. There's some nice moments of atmospheric cloudiness which, from my limited attempts to interpret his idiom, seems appropriate. (I've played some of the Elegies, but not much else). Interesting upload, thanks.
     
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    Andrew, good of you to comment even if the music is not exactly your cup of tea :) I hear what you're saying - I find Busoni often too weird and forbidding to appreciate, and sometimes just plain dour. The Sonatas, except the forbidding no.2, are an exception. Given your taste for the
    operatic, have you ever considered including no.6 in your repertoire ?
     
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    Yes, I have looked at it but I feel that it flits disturbingly between two different harmonic styles (the A major theme entry towards the end I find actively incongruous) and I ended up messing around with the Horowitz Carmen instead.
     
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    Chris,

    I had a listen to these Busoni Sonatinas. To me they are a study of relating two dissimilar things together (the 4 moreso than the 5) I think you do a faithful job of interpreting them, I didn't get a sense that they needed more pedal or less, the notes modulating seem to be the "what works in this piece is..." to them. I've never gotten deep into Busoni, but the frequent modulating is something I like, recalling Cesar Franck. Come to think of it, Franck may have been Busoni's predecessor in some sense them both having lived in the same century.
     
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    hi, Chris!

    I have fascination for these bizarre pieces! See how strangely no. 4 ends... amazing! And names in Latin make it sound even more mystical! :lol:
    I don't know these pieces well, but your playing seems nice.
     
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    Thanks Riley. An interesting comparison... Franck the blissful, devout and conservative organist, and Busoni the restless, dark and modernist piano lion. I see not much common ground in them. Their lives don't really overlap.
     
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    Ha, a fellow Busonian :D Yes, Latin names do have great appeal. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur. I know that is why you want to record Sorabji :D
     

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