"Wolf Harden, in the second of his Busoni series for Naxos, presents a well-chosen mixture of familiar and less well-known. The towering 1884 Variations and Fugue on Chopin's C minor Prelude - an amazing demonstration of mastery for an 18 year-old composer - follow the Theme and Variations written when Busoni was a mere seven and the Inno Variations from the following year. It's astonishing that a seven-year-old could write such music."
"Wolf Harden is a stupendous pianist who can deliver what Busoni demands and then some... Music-making like this does not require detailed commentary. Suffice it to say that Mr Harden's playing is stunningly authoritative. A consummate technician, he has complete command of his instrument. But he also has the ability to get inside this music and find its inner life and its propulsive energy. The result is an energizing recital that left me hungering for more..."
"This disc maintains the high standards set by Harden in his first volume of Busoni piano music. It begins with an unusually eloquent and beautifully shaped rendition of one of the most famous of all the 'Bach-Busoni' transcriptions... The original [version of Busoni's Variations and Fugue on Chopin's Prelude in C minor]... is a splendid demonstration of his awesome compositional and pianistic powers age 18, and Harden's account is the clear current benchmark."
"Wolf Harden, a founder of the Trio Fontenay, is recording the solo piano works of the visionary composer and keyboard virtuoso Ferruccio Busoni...Harden's commanding interpretations of the big works make this disc so appealing."
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