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Offline vers la flamme

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Bach-Busoni Chaconne
« on: December 19, 2019, 03:47:32 AM »
The Chaconne is one of the major works in the violin repertoire, but it also figures prominently in transcription for other instruments, notably the piano. Yet as far as I know, I do not have any recording of the famous Busoni piano transcription in my library. What are some of our favorite recordings of this work? I know there are famous recordings by Rubinstein, Michelangeli, etc.

Furthermore, what are some good recordings of the Bach-Brahms Chaconne, for the left hand alone? Another monstrously virtuosic work... I've seen a great video performance by Igor Levit, but that's it.

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Re: Bach-Busoni Chaconne
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2019, 05:10:18 AM »
The Chaconne is one of the major works in the violin repertoire, but it also figures prominently in transcription for other instruments, notably the piano. Yet as far as I know, I do not have any recording of the famous Busoni piano transcription in my library. What are some of our favorite recordings of this work? I know there are famous recordings by Rubinstein, Michelangeli, etc.

Furthermore, what are some good recordings of the Bach-Brahms Chaconne, for the left hand alone? Another monstrously virtuosic work... I've seen a great video performance by Igor Levit, but that's it.

Ahhh - a work with which I have a minor obsession!  So many fine versions (there is also a transcription of the Busoni transcription for string quartet which has not been recorded as far as I know).  Versions of the piano original(!?) that I enjoy include; Thomas Labe (Dorian), Peter Rosel (Capriccio - one of my favourites), Maria Tipo, Artur Rubinstein, Alessio Bax (on Signum).  There's also a version by Shura Cherkassky at his 80th birthday recital.  He has no right to play this well at that age - perhaps the edge has gone from his supreme technical address but this is such a wise performance and one I find very moving. 

As a complete tangent I enjoy Robert Schumann's addition of a piano part top the violin original - played with huge commitment by Jean Jacques Kantorow and Gordon Back.   Quite probably if I was allowed only one piece of Bach I would choose the Chaconne.....
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Offline Jo498

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Re: Bach-Busoni Chaconne
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2019, 10:26:20 AM »
There is a disc with Edna Stern playing Busoni, Brahms and another transcription by Rudolf Lutz, in addition you get the original played by Amandine Beyer. Tbh I am not the greatest fan of keyboard transcriptions of that piece (I prefer the c minor organ passacaglia for that).
Struck by the sounds before the sun,
I knew the night had gone.
The morning breeze like a bugle blew
Against the drums of dawn.
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Offline Mandryka

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Re: Bach-Busoni Chaconne
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2019, 10:27:51 AM »
Another vote for Cherkassky, I have this on CD and the 80th birthday is very good too



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Re: Bach-Busoni Chaconne
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2019, 12:55:14 PM »
Perhaps an unlikely candidate, but for me it's Arthur Rubinstein, hands down....  :)



I also like Edna Stern, great recording.

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Offline Holden

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Re: Bach-Busoni Chaconne
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2020, 08:23:24 PM »
I've been aware of this piece for some time but never really got into listening to it until someone posted a recording Kissin on FB. It really blew me away (partly because the score was displayed).

Since then I've started to seek out recordings. As I've got the AR big pink box I'll probably have his recording so I'll start there. I've probably got others that I'm unaware of as well.
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Holden