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Wolf Harden Records Busoni Piano Music Vol 7 for Naxos

July 8, 2010

Released digitally in April 2010 and scheduled for CD release in December 2010, pianist Wolf Harden’s recording of BUSONI Piano Music Vol 7 (8.572422) includes the Trascrizione di concerto sopra motivi dell’opera Merlin, other piano works with operatic connections and Piano Sonatinas Nos 3 and 6.  The essence of Busoni’s music lies in its synthesis of his Italian and German ancestry, emotion and intellect, imagination and rigour. Neither inherently conservative nor demonstratively radical, his harmonic and tonal innovations are bound up with an essentially re-creative approach to the musical past that has only gained currency in recent decades. Volumes 1–6 of Wolf Harden’s critically acclaimed interpretations of Busoni’s piano music are also available.

‘There’s no doubt that Harden has the technique and temperament for this repertoire, and I look forward to more.’ – Classics Today on Vol 1 (8.555034)

‘Wolf Harden is a stupendous pianist who can deliver what Busoni demands and then some’ – American Record Guide on Vol 2 (8.555699)

‘A fascinating disc, with a value-for-money playing time.’ – MusicWeb International on Vol 3 (8.570249)

‘In this ongoing conspectus of Busoni’s piano music Wolf Harden demonstrates yet again that he has an affinity for the composer and the prestidigitatory prowess to realize it.’ – Fanfare on Vol 4 (8.570543)

‘Strongly recommended.’ – Classics Today on Vol 5 (8.570891)

Wolf Harden Biography & Discography


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