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Ferruccio Busoni discography (as composer)

Main article: Ferruccio Busoni


List of recorded works by category

This list of recorded works is not complete. The recording artists are listed under each item with a link () to the recording description in the section Recording details. Details for some recordings are on the individual artist's page, and these links are indicated with (). The date given is for the completion of composition.

Soloist with orchestra

Concertstück [Concert Piece] for piano and orchestra, Op. 31a (1890) BV 236

v Carlo Grante, piano; Il Pomeriggi Musicali; Marco Zuccarini, conductor

Violin Concerto in D (1897) BV 243

v Jaime Laredo, violin; Daniel Barenboim, conductor
v Ingolf Turban, violin; Lior Shambadal, conductor
v Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin; John Storgårds, conductor
v Manoug Parikian, violin; Jascha Horenstein, conductor (LP, limited availability)

Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 39, with choral finale (1904) BV 247

v Volker Banfield, piano; Lutz Herbig, conductor (72:46)
v Peter Donohoe, piano; Mark Elder, conductor (74:22)
v Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Mark Elder, conductor (71:48)
v Gunnar Johansen, piano; Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, conductor (68:25) (1956, mono)
v David Lively, piano; Michael Gielen, conductor (72:05)
v Pietro Massa, piano; Stefan Malzew, conductor (78:28)
v Noel Mewton-Wood, piano; Thomas Beecham, conductor (68:56) (1948, mono)
v John Ogdon, piano; Daniell Revenaugh, conductor (68:30)
v Garrick Ohlsson, piano; Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor (71:44)
v Viktoria Postnikova, piano; Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conductor (89:25)
v François-Joël Thiollier, piano; Michael Schønwandt, conductor (68:56)

Indian Fantasy Op. 44, for piano and orchestra (1914) BV 264

v Nelson Goerner, piano; Neeme Järvi, conductor
v Carlo Grante, piano; Il Pomeriggi Musicali; Marco Zuccarini, conductor

Concertino, Op. 48, for clarinet and small orchestra (1918) BV 276

v John Bradbury, clarinet; Neeme Järvi, conductor
v Ulf Rodenhäuser, clarinet; Gerd Albrecht, conductor

Divertimento, Op. 52, for flute and orchestra (1920) BV 285

v Jean Claude Gérard, flute; ; Gerd Albrecht, conductor

Orchestral

Symphonische Suite Op. 25 (1883) BV 201

v Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Tamayo, conductor

Geharnischte Suite [Armored Suite] Op. 34a (Second Orchestral Suite) (1895, 1903) BV 242

v Timișoara Banatul Philharmonic; Jean-François Antonioli, conductor
v BBC Philharmonic; Neeme Järvi, conductor

Eine Lustspielouvertüre [Comedy Overture] (1904) BV 245

v NDR Symphony Orchestra; Werner Andreas Albert, conductor
v Philharmonia Orchestra; Adrian Boult, conductor
v BBC Philharmonic; Neeme Järvi, conductor
v Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Tamayo, conductor

Turandot Suite Op. 41, for orchestra (1905, 1911, 1917) BV 248

v Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Michael Gielen, conductor (1911 version)
v Hong Kong Philharmonic; Samuel Wong, conductor (1905 version)
v Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala; Riccardo Muti, conductor (1905 version; nos. 4 & 6 omitted)
v Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Jascha Horenstein, conductor (1917 version; Nos. 4, 6, & 8 only)

Verzweiflung und Ergebung [Despair and Resignation] (addition to Turandot Suite) (1911) BV 248a

v Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerd Albrecht, conductor
v Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Michael Gielen, conductor

Altoums Warnung [Altoum's Warning] (addition to Turandot Suite) (1917) BV 248b

v Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Jascha Horenstein, conductor

Berceuse élégiaque for orchestra, Op. 42 (1909) BV 252a

v NDR Symphony Orchestra; Werner Andreas Albert, conductor
v BBC Symphony Orchestra; Michael Gielen, conductor
v BBC Philharmonic; Neeme Järvi, conductor
v Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Tamayo, conductor
v Hong Kong Philharmonic; Samuel Wong, conductor

Die Brautwahl Suite, Op. 45 (1912) BV 261

v Timișoara Banatul Philharmonic; Jean-François Antonioli, conductor
v BBC Philharmonic; Neeme Järvi, conductor

Nocturne Symphonique Op. 43 (1913) BV 262

v NDR Symphony Orchestra; Werner Andreas Albert, conductor
v Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerd Albrecht, conductor
v Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Jascha Horenstein, conductor

Rondò Arlecchinesco Op. 46 (1915) BV 266

v NDR Symphony Orchestra; Werner Andreas Albert, conductor
v Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerd Albrecht, conductor
v BBC Symphony Orchestra; Aaron Copland, conductor

Gesang vom Reigen der Geister [Song of the Dance of the Spirits], Op. 47 (1915) BV 269

v NDR Symphony Orchestra; Werner Andreas Albert, conductor
v BBC Philharmonic; Neeme Järvi, conductor
v Haydn Orchestra; Harry Newstone, conductor
v Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Tamayo, conductor

Sarabande and Cortège: Two Studies for "Doctor Faust," Op. 51 (1919) BV 282

v Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerd Albrecht, conductor
v Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Michael Gielen, conductor
v BBC Philharmonic; Neeme Järvi, conductor
v Hong Kong Philharmonic; Samuel Wong, conductor

Tanzwalzer [Dance Waltzes], Op. 53 (1920) BV 288

v NDR Symphony Orchestra; Werner Andreas Albert, conductor
v Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerd Albrecht, conductor
v BBC Philharmonic; Neeme Järvi, conductor

Chamber

Piano and strings

Concerto for piano and strings, Op. 17 (1878) BV 80

v Carlo Grante, piano; Il Pomeriggi Musicali; Marco Zuccarini, conductor

Violin

Violin Sonata in C major (1876) BV 41

v Lara Lev, violin; Matti Raekallio, piano

Four Bagatelles, Op. 28, for violin and piano (1888) BV 229

v Joseph Lin, violin; Benjamin Loeb, piano

Violin Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 29 (1889) BV 234

v Joseph Lin, violin; Benjamin Loeb, piano
v Lara Lev, violin; Matti Raekallio, piano

Violin Sonata No. 2 in E minor, Op. 36a (1900) BV 244

v Joseph Lin, violin; Benjamin Loeb, piano
v Lara Lev, violin; Matti Raekallio, piano
v Frank Peter Zimmerman, violin; Enrico Pace, piano

String quartet

String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 19 (1882) BV 208

v Pellegrini-Quartett

String Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 26 (1887) BV 225

v Pellegrini-Quartett

Clarinet

Suite Op. 10, for clarinet and piano (1878) BV 88

Fredrik Fors, clarinet; Sveinung Bjelland, piano
v Dieter Klöcker, clarinet; Werner Genuit, piano (nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)

Solo dramatique, Op. 13, for clarinet and piano (1879) BV 101

v Dieter Klöcker, clarinet; Werner Genuit, piano

Andantino Op. 41, for clarinet and piano (1879) BV 107

v Dieter Klöcker, clarinet; Werner Genuit, piano

Serenade no.2 Op. 42, for clarinet and piano (1879) BV 108

v Dieter Klöcker, clarinet; Werner Genuit, piano

Sonata in D major, for clarinet and piano (1879) BV 138

v Dieter Klöcker, clarinet; Werner Genuit, piano

Suite in G minor for clarinet and string quartet (1880) BV 176

v Dieter Klöcker, clarinet; Consortium Classicum

Abendlied by Schumann, transcribed for clarinet and string quartet (1881) BV B 107

v Dieter Klöcker, clarinet; Consortium Classicum

Introduction by Spohr, Elegia by H. W. Ernst, transcribed for clarinet and string quartet (1887) BV B 110

v Dieter Klöcker, clarinet; Consortium Classicum

Elegie, for clarinet and piano (1920) BV 286

Fredrik Fors, clarinet; Sveinung Bjelland, piano
v Dieter Klöcker, clarinet; Werner Genuit, piano

Flute

Duo Op. 73, for 2 flutes and piano (1880) BV 156

v Wolfgang Dünschede, 1st flute; Alexander Duisberg, 2nd flute; Werner Genuit, piano

Solo piano

Suite Campestre [Pastoral Suite] Op. 18 (1878) BV 81

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

24 Préludes Op. 37 (1881) BV 181

v Daniele Petralia, piano
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

Racconti Fantastici [Fantastic Tales] Op. 12 (1882) BV 100

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

Macchiette Medioevali [Medieval Figures] Op. 33 (1883) BV 194

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

Variations and Fugue on the Prelude in C minor, Op. 28, no. 20, by Frédéric Chopin (1884) BV 213

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

Vierte Ballett-Szene [Fourth Ballet Scene] Op. 33a (1892) BV 238

v Martin Jones, piano (LP; limited availability)
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

6 Stücke [6 Pieces] Op. 33b (1895) BV 241

1. Schwermut (Melancoly)
2. Frohsinn (Gaiety)
3. Scherzino
4. Fantasia in modo antico
5. Finnische Ballade
6. Exeunt omnes [Everyone exits]
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Geoffrey Tozer, piano (No. 6, "Exeunt omnes" only)

Elegien (1907) BV 249

1. Nach der Wendung
2. All' Italia! In modo napolitano
3. "Meine Seele bangt hofft zu Dir" Choralvorspiel
4. Turandots Frauengemach, Intermezzo
5. Die Nächtlichen, Walzer
6. Erscheinung, Notturno
7. Berceuse (BV 252)
v Martin Jones, piano (LP; limited availability)
v Roland Pöntinen, piano
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Jeni Slotchiver, piano
v Geoffrey Tozer, piano ("All'Italia!" and "Turandots Frauengemach" only)
v Alfred Brendel, piano ("Meine Seele bangt und hofft zu Dir" and "Erscheinung")

Nuit de Noël. Esquisse [Christmas. Sketch] (1908) BV 251

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

Berceuse (1909) BV 252

v Martin Jones, piano (LP; limited availability)
v J. Y. Song, piano
v Geoffrey Tozer, piano
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Jeni Slotchiver, piano

Fantasy after J. S. Bach (1909) BV 253

v J. Y. Song, piano
v John Ogdon, piano
v Geoffrey Tozer, piano
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

An die Jugend [To Youth] (1909) BV 254

1. Preludietto, Fughetta & Esercizio
2. Preludio, Fuga & Fuga figurata
3. Giga, Bolero & Variazione
4. Introduzione, Capriccio & Epilogo
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Geoffrey Tozer, piano ("Giga, Bolero e Variazione" only)

Fantasia Contrappuntistica, Edizione definitiva (1910) BV 256

v John Ogdon, piano
v Hamish Milne, piano
v Viktoria Postnikova, piano
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Carlo Grante, piano

Sonatina (No. 1) (1910) BV 257

v Paul Jacobs, piano
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Jeni Slotchiver, piano
v Roland Pöntinen, piano

Fantasia Contrappuntistica, Edizione minore. Chorale Prelude and Fugue on a Fragment of Bach (1912) BV 256a

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

Sonatina seconda (1912) BV 259

v Paul Jacobs, piano
v Geoffrey Tozer, piano
v Jeni Slotchiver, piano
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Roland Pöntinen, piano

Zwei Tanzstücke [Two Dance Pieces] Op. 30a (1914) BV 235a

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

Indianisches Tagebuch. Erstes Buch [Red Indian Diary. First Book]. (1915) BV 267

v Geoffrey Tozer, piano
v Jeni Slotchiver, piano
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Roland Pöntinen, piano

Sonatina (No. 3) "ad usum infantis" (1915) BV 268

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Paul Jacobs, piano
v Jeni Slotchiver, piano
v Roland Pöntinen, piano

Sonatina (No. 4) "in diem nativitatis Christi" (1917) BV 274

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Paul Jacobs, piano
v Jeni Slotchiver, piano
v Roland Pöntinen, piano

Notturni. Prologo (1918) BV 279

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

Sonatina brevis (No. 5) "in signo Joannis Sebastiani Magni" (1918) BV 280

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Paul Jacobs, piano
v Jeni Slotchiver, piano
v Roland Pöntinen, piano

Sonatina No. 6 (Kammer-Fantasie über Carmen [Chamber Fantasy super Carmen]) (1920) BV 284

v Geoffrey Tozer, piano
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Paul Jacobs, piano
v Jeni Slotchiver, piano
v Roland Pöntinen, piano

Toccata: Preludio – Fantasia – Ciaconna (1921) BV 287

v Geoffrey Tozer, piano
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v John Ogdon, piano
v Jeni Slotchiver, piano
v Roland Pöntinen, piano
v Alfred Brendel, piano

Drei Albumblätter [Three Album Leaves] (1921) BV 289

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

Perpetuum mobile (1922) BV 293

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Roland Pöntinen, piano

Ten Variations on the Prelude in C minor, Op. 28, no. 20, by Frédéric Chopin (1922) BV 213a

v J. Y. Song, piano
v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano

Short Pieces for the Cultivation of Polyphonic Playing (1923) BV 296

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Paul Jacobs, piano
v Roland Pöntinen, piano

Prélude et Etude en Arpèges [Prelude and Etude in Arpeggios] (1923) BV 297

v Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano
v Roland Pöntinen, piano

Transcriptions

Prelude and Fugue in D major (J. S. Bach BWV 532), tr. for piano (1888) BV B 20

v Geoffrey Tozer, piano

Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for violin (J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), tr. for piano (1893) BV B 24

v Jeni Slotchiver, piano

Ten Chorale Preludes for Organ by J. S. Bach, tr. for piano (1898) BV B 27

1. Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 667
2. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
3. Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
4. Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein, BWV 734a
5. Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BW 639
6. Herr Gott, nun schleuß' den Himmel auf, BWV 617
7a. Durch Adam's Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637
7b. Durch Adam's Fall ist ganz verderbt. Fuga, BWV 705 (doubtful authenticity)
8. In dir ist Freude, BWV 615
9. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665
v Paul Jacobs, piano

Six Chorale Preludes for Organ by Brahms, from Op. 122, transcribed for piano (1902) BV B 50

v Paul Jacobs, piano

Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam', (Liszt, arr. Busoni) (1897) BV B 59

v Hamish Milne, piano

Andantino from Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K. 271 (Mozart, arr. Busoni) (1913) BV B 84

v Hamish Milne, piano

Songs

Des Sängers Fluch, Op. 39, for voice and piano (1879) BV 98

v Martin Bruns, baritone; Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano

Zwei Lieder, Op. 31, for voice and piano (1880) BV 167

v Martin Bruns, baritone; Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano

Zwei altdeutsche Lieder, Op. 18, for voice and piano (1884) BV 207

v Martin Bruns, baritone; Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano

Album Vocale, Op. 30, for voice and piano (1884) BV 114

v Martin Bruns, baritone; Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano

Zwei Lieder, Op. 15, for voice and piano (1884) BV 202

v Martin Bruns, baritone; Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano

Zwei Lieder, Op. 24, for low voice and piano (1885) BV 216

v Martin Bruns, baritone; Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano

Lied des Brander, for baritone and piano (1918) BV 299

v Martin Bruns, baritone; Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano

Lied des Mephistopheles, Op. 49, no. 2, for baritone and piano (1918) BV 278a

v Martin Bruns, baritone; Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano
v Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano

Lied des Unmuts, for baritone and piano (1918) BV 281

v Martin Bruns, baritone; Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano
v Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano

Reminiscenza Rossiniana, for voice and piano (1923) BV A 5

v Martin Bruns, baritone; Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano

Zigeunerlied, Op. 55, no. 2, baritone and piano (1923) BV 295a

v Martin Bruns, baritone; Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano
v Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano

Schlechter Trost (1924) BV 298a

v Martin Bruns, baritone; Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano
v Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano

Opera

Die Brautwahl (1911) BV 258

v Orchestra and Chorus of RAI Turin; Fernando Previtali, conductor
v Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim, conductor (omits ca. 1/3 of the score)

Arlecchino (1916) BV 270

v Opéra de Lyon; Kent Nagano, conductor
v Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerd Albrecht, conductor

Turandot (1917) BV 273

v Opéra de Lyon; Kent Nagano, conductor
v Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerd Albrecht, conductor

Doktor Faust (1924, incomplete) BV 303

v Dietrich Henschel (as Faust); Opéra de Lyon; Kent Nagano, conductor
v Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (as Faust); Bavarian RSO; Ferdinand Leitner, conductor
v Thomas Hampson (as Faust); Zurich Opera; Philippe Jordan, conductor; (video recording)

Recording details

Violin concerto

  • Bruch, Busoni, Strauss. Violin Concertos. Turban, Shambadal.
    • Contents:
    • Performers: Ingolf Turban, violin; Bamberger Symphony; Lior Shambadal, conductor
    • Label: Claves prod. page. Accessed 25 May 2009.)
    • Reviews: Christopher Field in Online review.; accessed 25 May 2009) awarded this recording 5/5 stars for performance and 5/5 stars for sound. The concerti "are given committed performances by Ingolf Turban, a young talent not short of either lyrical tone or dazzling virtuosity. Busoni's concerto is really the most interesting piece with its occasional parody of Beethoven and Brahms, its fiendishly difficult finale and some wonderful orchestral solos managed masterfully by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra."
  • Busoni: Violin Concerto; Violin Sonata. Zimmermann.
    • Contents:
      • ^ Busoni: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35a (1897) BV 243
        • Performers: Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin; Orchestra Sinfonica nazionale della RAI; John Storgårds, conductor
        • Recording date and location: 18 April 2003; "Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli" del Lingotto, Turin
      • ^ Busoni: Violin Sonata No.2, Op. 36a (1900) BV 244
        • Performers: Frank Peter Zimmerman, violin; Enrico Pace, piano
        • Recording date and location: 10 October 2004; Bayerischer Rundfunk, Studio 1, Munich
    • Label: Amazon.com prod. page Accessed 9 February 2009.)
    • Reviews: Recommended in the 2008 Gramophone Guide and the 2008 Penguin Guide
  • Busoni: Violin Concerto; Orchestral Works. Parikian, Horenstein.[1]
    • Contents:
      • ^ Busoni: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35a (1897) BV 243*
      • ^ Busoni: Turandot Suite Op. 41 (1905, 1917) BV 248 (excerpts):
        • IV. "Turandot" Marsch.
        • VI. Tanz und Gesang.
        • VIII. "Altoums Warnung" e "Finale alla Turca" aus der Musik zum fünften Akt.
      • ^ Busoni: Nocturne Symphonique Op. 43 (1913) BV 262
    • Performers: Manoug Parikian*, violin; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Jascha Horenstein, conductor
    • Recording date and location: 1973?[1] or October 1966, Busoni Festival?[2]
    • Label: Rococo RR 2036 (LP, limited availability)

Piano concerto

Busoni: Piano Concerto. Volker Banfield.

CPO prod. page Accessed 20 June 2009.)
Recorded at Bavarian Radio, 1986; issued 1988.
Reviewed favorably by Michael Oliver in Gramophone, July, 1989. Accessed 20 June 2009.
This performance was awarded a Diapason d'Or.
^ Concerto for Piano & Orchestra (with Male Chorus), Op. 39 (1904) BV 247
Volker Banfield, piano
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Lutz Herbig, conductor


Busoni: Piano Concerto. Peter Donohoe.

EMI CDC 7 49996 2
Recorded live at a BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 5 August 1988.
Reviewed by , 22 December 1991. Accessed 7 November 2009.
Selects the Donohoe recording as his first choice among the seven performances available at the time the review was written. Ogdon was his second choice. Also reviews the recordings by Ohlsson, Battel, Lively, Thiollier, and Postnikova.
Reviewed by Michael Oliver in , January 1991, p. 1371. Accessed 7 November 2009.
Prefers Donohoe's recording to those by Banfield, Ohlsson, and Ogdon, although he thinks all are worthwhile. "Busoni's Piano Concerto is renowned for being the longest in the repertory but it hasn't struck me so forcibly before that it's not a minute longer than it needs to be. Its ideas are big—try timing any of its principal themes—and in this reading one is continually surprised, looking at a watch or the display on the CD player, at how much time has elapsed. The first movement, after all, is no more than an expansive exposition of two themes: does it really play for nearly 16 minutes? This performance has in Mark Elder a conductor accustomed, after his work on the English National Opera's Doktor Faust, to thinking on a Busonian time-scale. It was also recorded in the grand acoustic of the Royal Albert Hall in London during a Prom concert in 1988, and there is a distinct sense that the players are aware of a space around them that is big enough for the music."
^ Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 39 (1904) BV 247
Peter Donohoe, piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Mark Elder, conductor


Busoni: Piano Concerto. Marc-André Hamelin.

Hyperion prod. page Accessed 9 February 2009.)
Recorded Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 20 & 21 June 1999.
Recommended in 2008 Gramophone Guide
Recommended in 2008 Penguin Guide
Reviewed by Adrian Corleonis in , 23:4 (Mar/Apr 2000). Subscription required. Accessed 27 October 2009.
Considers Hamelin's recording to be of the same rank as John Ogdon's 1968 recording. Also mentions the Garrick Ohlsson recording and, especially the David Lively recording (with Michael Gielen conducting), as well worth hearing.
^ Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 39 (1904) BV 247
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Men's voices of The City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Mark Elder, conductor


Busoni: Piano Concerto. Gunnar Johansen.

Music & Arts prod. page Accessed 9 September 2009.)
Recorded live at the Hamburg Musikhalle on 15, 16 January 1956. (68:25) (mono)
Reviewed by Adrian Corleonis in , 29:2 (Nov/Dec 2005). Subscription required. Accessed 9 September 2009.
"Busoni’s Piano Concerto is caught in a spontaneous sweep beginning to end, turning volatile in the inner flanking movements—Johansen’s Tarantella may be the swiftest on discs. Despite the brisk pace, there is a profound resonance with the mystery of the central Pezzo serioso and the concluding Cantico.... Garlanded in tape hiss and captured in flat, boxy/tubby mono—not nearly as distracting to hear as to read about—this performance wings through a half-century with remarkable detail, balance, and clarity. The ear adjusts, caught by an irresistible élan. A prime document of Busoniana, then, but something more—a rare conjunction of genius under favoring stars."
Mentioned favorably in Gramophone, November 2005, p. 99. Accessed 9 September 2009.
"Busoni's Piano Concerto played by Gunnar Johansen is a major find, especially as Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt's conducting (NDR Symphony, NDR's Men's Chorus) is so consistently impressive, both artists at their best in the Pezzo serioso third movement. Music & Arts has effected a decent transfer from the 1956 tape..."
^ Concerto in C Major for Piano & Orchestra (with Male Chorus), Op. 39 (1904) BV 247
Gunnar Johansen, piano
Men's choir of the Norddeutschen Rundfunk [North German Radio]
NDR Symphony Orchestra; Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, conductor


Busoni: Piano Concerto. David Lively.

Koch International CD 311 160 H1 (limited availability)
Recorded in Hans Rosbaud Studio, 8–13 February 1990; issued 1990.
Reviewed favorably by Michael Stewart in Gramophone, April, 1992, p 46. Accessed 23 June 2009.
^ Concerto for Piano & Orchestra with Male Choir in C major, Op. 39 (1904) BV 247
David Lively, piano
Freiburg Vocal Ensemble
SWF Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden; Michael Gielen, conductor


Busoni: Piano Concerto. Pietro Massa.

GENUIN prod. page Accessed 20 June 2009.)
Recorded live at the Concert Church Neubrandenburg on 19 January 2008; issued 2008.
^ Concerto for Piano & Orchestra with Male Choir in C major, Op. 39 (1904) BV 247
Pietro Massa, piano
Ernst Senff Choir Berlin; Philharmonic Choir Neubrandenburg
Neubrandenburg Philharmonic; Stefan Malzew, conductor


Busoni: Piano Concerto. Noel Mewton-Wood.

SOMM prod. page. Accessed 27 October 2009.)
Recorded at the BBC in Studio No. 1, London, in January 1948.
Reviewed by Adrian Corleonis in , 27:3 (Jan/Feb 2004). Subscription required. Accessed 27 October 2009.
"There are no interpretive revelations in this valiant but occasionally scrappy performance of an unfamiliar, demanding, briefly considered, and under-rehearsed work, likely given as an indulgence to the pianist. ... the soloist is deep in the background of a grainily tubby/shrill aural perspective beset by occasional distortion."
^ Piano Concerto Op. 39 (1904) BV 247
Noel Mewton-Wood, piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Men's Chorus; Thomas Beecham, conductor


Busoni: Piano Concerto. John Ogdon.

EMI Classics prod. page Accessed 15 April 2009.)
Recorded in 1967 (1989 digital remaster).
Review of the original 1968 LP release in Gramophone, January, 1968, p. 40 Accessed 15 April 2009.
Comparative review of the Ogdon and Ohlsson recordings in Gramophone, April, 1990, p. 36 Accessed 15 April 2009.
^ Piano Concerto Op. 39 (1904) BV 247
John Ogdon, piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Daniell Revenaugh, conductor


Busoni: Piano Concerto. Garrick Ohlsson.

Concord Music Group prod. page Accessed 15 April 2009.)
Recorded Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio, 4 February 1989.
Recommended in 1996 Penguin Guide.
Recording received 3 of 3 stars and high praise for the playing of Ohlsson: "Garrick Ohlsson's bravura display is very exciting, and the pianist's own enjoyment in virtuosity enhances his electricity..."
Comparative review of the Ogdon and Ohlsson recordings in Gramophone, April, 1990, p. 36 Accessed 15 April 2009.
^ Concerto in C Major for Piano & Orchestra (with Male Chorus), Op. 39 (1904) BV 247
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
The Cleveland Orchestra & Men's Chorus; Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor


Busoni: Piano Concerto. Viktoria Postnikova.

Apex (Warner Classics) 2564 64390-2 (2 Warner Classics prod. page Accessed 20 June 2009.)
Piano Concerto recorded Studio 103, Radio France, February 1989.
Fantasia contrappuntistica recorded Salle Adyar, Paris, September 1990.
Originally issued as Erato 2292-45478-2, 1991; reissued on Apex, 2 August 2007.
Review of the original Erato release by Michael Stewart in Gramophone, April, 1992, p. 46 Accessed 20 June 2009.
Notes the unusually slow tempi for both pieces. Although the playing by Postnikova and the orchestra in the concerto are outstanding, he finds that "ultimately [the interpretation] fails to convince." Goes on to say of the Fantasia contrappuntistica, that as fine as Postnikova is, "Ogdon's account is one of the finest committed to disc, and is a compulsory purchase for any discerning Busoni admirer."
^ Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 39 (1904) BV 247*
^ Fantasia Contrappuntistica (1910) BV 256
Viktoria Postnikova, piano
Orchestre National de France; Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor*


Busoni: Piano Concerto. François-Joël Thiollier.

Kontrapunkt prod. page Accessed 20 June 2009.)
Recorded May 1990; issued 1990.
^ Concerto for Piano & Orchestra with Men's Chorus, Op. 39 (1904) BV 247
François-Joël Thiollier, piano
Nice Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt, conductor

Other soloist with orchestra

Ferruccio Busoni. Works for Piano and Orchestra. Carlo Grante

Music & Arts prod. page Accessed 15 April 2009.)
Recording issued 1999.
^ Concerto for piano and string quartet Op. 17 (1878) BV 80
^ Concertstück [Concert Piece] for piano and orchestra Op. 31a (1890) BV 236
^ Indianische Fantasie [Indian Fantasy] for piano and orchestra Op. 44, (1914) BV 264
Carlo Grante, piano
Il Pomeriggi Musicali; Marco Zuccarini, conductor

Orchestral works

Ferruccio Busoni: Orchestral Works. Werner Andreas Albert.

CPO prod. page. Accessed 15 April 2009.)
Recorded Jun 1992. Co-production with Norddeutscher Rundfunk.
^ Eine Lustspielouvertüre [Comedy Overture] (1904) BV 245
^ Tanzwalzer [Dance Waltzes], Op. 53 (1920) BV 288
^ Rondò Arlecchinesco Op. 46 (1915) BV 266
^ Nocturne Symphonique Op. 43 (1913) BV 262
^ Berceuse élégiaque for orchestra, Op. 42 (1909) BV 252a
^ Gesang vom Reigen der Geister [Song of the Dance of the Spirits], Op. 47 (1915) BV 269
NDR Symphony Orchestra; Werner Andreas Albert, conductor


Ferruccio Busoni: Orchestral Works, Volume I. Gerd Albrecht.

Capriccio 10 479 (Amazon.com prod. page. Accessed 20 June 2009.)
Recorded Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin, Dahlem, 4–8 December 1991; 2–4 and 21–25 January 1992; issued 1993.
Reviewed favorably by Michael Stewart in Gramophone, June, 1994. Accessed 20 June 2009..
For volume II in this series, see Capriccio 10 480.
Reissued as part of a 4-CD collection of works by Busoni, Capriccio C49576 (Naxos prod. page. Accessed 20 June 2009.)
^ Verzweiflung und Ergebung [Despair and Resignation] (addition to Turandot Suite) (1911) BV 248a
^ Nocturne Symphonique Op. 43 (1913) BV 262
"Orchestral Suite, Op. 46" (arr. Albrecht)
Consists of:
^ Rondò Arlecchinesco Op. 46 (1915) BV 266*
+ Processione e Danza and Finale (Presto) from the conclusion of the opera ^Arlecchino BV 270
^ Divertimento for flute and orchestra, Op. 52 (1920) BV 285**
^ Sarabande and Cortège, Op. 51 (1919) BV 282
^ Concertino for Clarinet and Small Orchestra, Op. 48 (1918) BV 276***
^ Tanzwalzer [Dance Waltzes], Op. 53 (1920) BV 288
Robert Wörle, tenor*
Jean Claude Gérard, flute**
Ulf Rodenhäuser, clarinet***
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerd Albrecht, conductor


Busoni: Orchestral Works • Jean-François Antonioli.

Timpani 1C1054 (1 CD, DDD, 64 min)
Recorded Salle Ion Vidu, Timișoara, September 1998; released 1999.
Reviewed by Michael Oliver in , May 2000, p. 54. Accessed 31 October 2009.
"In short, the two suites make a very worthwhile coupling. I had not heard the Timișoara Philharmonic Orchestra before, nor Jean-François Antonioli as a conductor (he has a fine reputation as a pianist). They are first-class, and he has an acute ear for Busoni's orchestral sonority. The recording is rich and colourful."
^ Die Brautwahl Suite, Op. 45 (1912) BV 261
^ Geharnischte Suite [Armored Suite] Op. 34a (Second Orchestral Suite) (1895, 1903) BV 242
Timișoara Banatul Philharmonic; Jean-François Antonioli, conductor


Busoni: Orchestral Works. Michael Gielen.

MMG (Moss Music Group) MCD 10019 (Amazon.com prod. page. Accessed 28 September 2009.)
Recorded 7 October 1983; 5 April 1983; Marc Aubort & Joanna Nickrenz, producers; issued 1984.
^ Turandot Suite Op. 41 (1905, rev. 1911) BV 248*
^ Verzweiflung und Ergebung [Despair and Resignation] (addition to Turandot Suite) (1911) BV 248a
Included between nos. 7 and 8 of the Turandot Suite.
^ Two Studies for "Doktor Faust": Sarabande and Cortège, Op. 51 (1919) BV 282
Women of the May Festival Chorus*
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Michael Gielen, conductor


Ferruccio Busoni. The Classical Society.

The Classical Society CSCD 124 (1 here. Accessed 1 November 2009.)
Issued 1991. (Made in Italy)
^ Berceuse élégiaque, Op. 42 (1909) BV 252a
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Michael Gielen, conductor
Recorded live in stereo, March 1970.
^ Canto della Ronda degli Spiriti [Song of the Dance of the Spirits], Op. 47 (1915) BV 269
Haydn Orchestra; Harry Newstone, conductor
Recorded in monophonic sound.
^ Lustspiel Overture, Op. 38 (1904) BV 245
Philharmonia Orchestra; Adrian Boult, conductor
Recorded live in mono at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Four Goethe Songs for Baritone and Piano
^ Lied des Unmuts (1918) BV 281
^ Zigeunerlied, Op. 55, no. 2 (1923) BV 295a
^ Schlechter Trost (1924) BV 298a
^ Lied des Mephistopheles, Op. 49, no. 2 (1918) BV 278a
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano
Recorded live in monophonic sound.
^ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35a (1897) BV 243
Jaime Laredo, violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Recorded live in stereo in London, March 1972.
^ Rondò Arlecchinesco Op. 46 (1915) BV 266
Robert Tear, tenor
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Aaron Copland, conductor
Recorded live in monophonic sound.


Busoni Orchestral Works. Järvi

Chandos prod. page Accessed 9 February 2009.)
Recorded Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 8 & 9 March 2001.
Recommended in 2008 Penguin Guide
^ Geharnischte Suite [Armored Suite] Op. 34a (Second Orchestral Suite) (1895, 1903) BV 242
^ Berceuse élégiaque, Op. 42 (1909) BV 252a
^ Concertino for Clarinet and Small Orchestra, Op. 48 (1918) BV 276*
^ Sarabande and Cortège, Op. 51 (1919) BV 282
^ Tanzwalzer, Op. 53 (1920) BV 288
John Bradbury, clarinet*
BBC Philharmonic; Neeme Järvi, conductor


Busoni Orchestral Works, Volume 2. Neeme Järvi.

Chandos prod. page Accessed 9 February 2009.)
Recorded Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 24 & 25 March 2004.
Recommended in 2008 Penguin Guide
^ Lustspiel-Ouvertüre, Op. 38 (1904) BV 245
^ Indianische Fantasie, Op. 44, (1914) BV 264*
^ Gesang von Reigen der Geister, Op. 47 (1915) BV 269
^ Die Brautwahl Suite, Op. 45 (1912) BV 261
Nelson Goener, piano*
BBC Philharmonic; Neeme Järvi, conductor


Busoni, Casella, Martucci. Orchestral Works. Riccardo Muti.

Amazon.com prod. page Accessed 28 September 2009.)
Recorded Teatro Abanella. Milan, Italy, 2–5 October & 14 December 1992; issued 1993.
David Mottley, producer; Marcus Herzog, engineer.
+Casella: Paganiniana, Op. 65
+Martucci: Notturno, Op. 70, No. 1
+Martucci: Novelletta, Op. 82
+Martucci: Giga, Op. 61, No. 3
^ Turandot Suite Op. 41 (1905) BV 248
Nos. 4 & 6 of the original eight movements of the 1905 version are omitted.
Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala; Riccardo Muti, conductor


Busoni. Orchestral Works, Volume II. Arturo Tamayo.

Capriccio 10 480 (See Amazon.com product pages here. Accessed 16 December 2009.)
Coproduction RIAS-Berlin & Capriccio; issued 1993.
For volume I in this series, see Capriccio 10 479.
Reissued as part of a 4-CD collection of works by Busoni, Capriccio C49576 (Naxos prod. page. Accessed 16 December 2009.)
^ Lustspiel-Ouvertüre, Op. 38 (1904) BV 245
^ Symphonische Suite Op. 25 (1883) BV 201
^ Berceuse élégiaque, Op. 42 (1909) BV 252a
^ Gesang von Reigen der Geister, Op. 47 (1915) BV 269
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Tamayo, conductor


Busoni: Turandot Suite / 2 Studies for Doktor Faust. Samuel Wong.

Naxos prod. page Accessed Feb 2009.)
Recording issued Mar 2002.
Recommended in 2008 Gramophone Guide
Recommended in 2008 Penguin Guide
^ Turandot Suite Op. 41 (1905) BV 248
^ Sarabande and Cortège, Op. 51 (1919) BV 282
^ Berceuse élégiaque, Op. 42 (1909) BV BV 222a
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Samuel Wong, conductor

Violin sonatas

Ferruccio Busoni. Violin Sonatas. Lin, Loeb.

Naxos prod. page Accessed 23 May 2009.)
Recorded at The Country Day School, Ontario, Canada, 1–4 August 2005.
Reviewed by Music Teacher International (quoted by Naxos):
"Violinist Joseph Lin won first prize at the inaugural Michael Hill World Violin Competition in New Zealand in 2001, appears on concert stages worldwide and is currently Professor of Violin at Cornell University. His partnership with acclaimed pianist Benjamin Loeb is exceptional and the recording is clear and well-focused."
^ Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 29 (1889) BV 234
^ Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 36a (1900) BV 244
^ Four Bagatelles, Op. 28 (1888) BV 229
Joseph Lin, violin; Benjamin Loeb, piano


Ferruccio Busoni. Violin Sonatas. Lev, Raekallio.

Amazon.com prod. page Accessed 9 February 2009.)
Recorded Kuusaa Hall, Kuusankoski, Finland, 28–30 July 2003.
Recommended in 2008 Penguin Guide
^ Violin Sonata in C (1876) BV 41
^ Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 29 (1889) BV 234
^ Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 36a (1900) BV 244
Lara Lev, violin; Matti Raekallio, piano

String quartets

Ferruccio Busoni. String Quartets 1 & 2. Pellegrini-Quartett.

CPO prod. page. Accessed 15 March 2009.)
(Also: Amazon.com prod. page Accessed 15 March 2009.)
Recorded Funkhaus, Nalepastraße, 27–30 September 1994.
Reviewed favorably in Gramophone, January, 1996, p.69 Accessed 17 March 2009.
^ String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 19, (1882) BV 208
^ String Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 26, (1887) BV 225
Pellegrini-Quartett: Antonio Pellegrini, violin; Thomas Hofer, violin; Charlotte Geselbracht, viola; Helmut Menzler, cello

Other chamber music

Busoni: Clarinet Chamber Music. Klöcker, Genuit.

CPO prod. page. Accessed 22 June 2009.)
(Also: Amazon.com prod. page Accessed 22 June 2009.)
Recorded 22–23 February and 12–15 December 1994; issued 1997.
Reviewed by Tim Payne in BBC Music Magazine, online. Accessed 22 June 2009.
Received 5/5 stars for sound and 3/5 stars for performance. "Anyone interested in discovering the work of Ferruccio Busoni would find this disc ideal."
^ Suite in G minor for clarinet and string quartet (1880) BV 176
^ Introduction by Spohr, Elegia by H. W. Ernst, transcribed for clarinet and string quartet (1887) BV B 110
^ Abendlied by Schumann, transcribed for clarinet and string quartet (1881) BV B 107
• 8 Character Pieces for Clarinet and Piano:
^ Solo dramatique, Op. 13, for clarinet and piano (1879) BV 101
^ Suite Op. 10, no. 6, Serenata for clarinet and piano (1878) BV 88
^ Andantino Op. 41, for clarinet and piano (1879) BV 107
^ Serenade no.2 Op. 42, for clarinet and piano (1879) BV 108
^ Suite Op. 10, no. 5, Tema variato for clarinet and piano (1878) BV 88
^ Suite Op. 10, no. 1, Improvvisata for clarinet and piano (1878) BV 88
^ Suite Op. 10, no. 2, Barcarola for clarinet and piano (1878) BV 88
^ Suite Op. 10, no. 4, Danza campestre for clarinet and piano (1878) BV 88
^ Elegie, for clarinet and piano (1920) BV 286
^ Sonata in D major, for clarinet and piano (1879) BV 138
^ Duo Op. 73, for 2 flutes and piano (1880) BV 156
Consortium Classicum: Dieter Klöcker, clarinet; Werner Genuit, piano; Andreas Krecher, 1st violin; Gerdur Gunnarsdottir, 2nd violin; Christiane Hörr, viola; Martin Menking, cello; Wolfgang Dünschede, 1st flute; Alexander Duisberg, 2nd flute

Piano two hands

Paul Jacobs: The Legendary Busoni Recordings & Works by Bach, Bartók, Brahms, Messiaen, Stravinsky.

Arbiter Records 124 (Arbiter catalog page Accessed 2 May 2009.)
Digital reissue in 2000 (2 CDs) of analog recordings originally issued by Nonesuch Records on LP.
CD 1:
  LP 1: "20th-Century Piano Etudes" (Nonesuch LP H71334)
Recorded New York, 26–28 April 1976.
Review of the original Nonesuch LP by Max Harrison in Gramophone, March 1977, pp. 1430, 1437. (Accessed 2 May 2009.)
^ Busoni: 6 Short Pieces for the Cultivation of Polyphonic Playing (1923) BV 296
+ Stravinsky: Four Etudes, Op. 7 (1908)
+ Bartók: Three Etudes, Op. 18, sz. 72 (1918)
+ Messiaen: Quatre Études de rythme (1949-50)
Paul Jacobs, piano
  LP 2: "Busoni: The Six Sonatinas" (Nonesuch LP H71359)
Recorded New York, June 1978.
Review of the original Nonesuch LP by Michael Oliver in Gramophone, October 1979, pp. 672, 675. (Accessed 2 May 2009.)
^ Sonatina (No. 1) (1910) BV 257
^ Sonatina seconda (1912) BV 259
Paul Jacobs, piano
CD 2:
  LP 2: "Busoni: The Six Sonatinas" (Nonesuch LP H71359) [continuation]
^ Sonatina (No. 3) "ad usum infantis" (1915) BV 268
^ Sonatina (No. 4) "in diem nativitatis Christi" (1917) BV 274
^ Sonatina brevis (No. 5) "in signo Joannis Sebastiani Magni" (1918) BV 280
^ Sonatina No. 6 (Sonatina super Carmen]) (1920) BV 284
Paul Jacobs, piano
  LP 3: "Chorale Preludes by Bach & Brahms" (Nonesuch LP H71375)
Recorded New York, June 1979.
^ Bach: Ten Chorale Peludes for Organ, transcribed for piano by Busoni (1898) BV B 27
1. Komm, Gott, Schöpfer! [Come God, Creator!], BWV 667
2. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme [Awake, the voice commands], BWV 645
3. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland [Now comes, the Gentiles' Savior], BWV 659
4. Nun freut euch, lieben Christen [Rejoice, beloved Christians], BWV 734
5. Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ [I call to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ], BWV 639
6. Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf [Lord God, heaven's gate unlock!], BWV 617
7a. Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt [Through Adam came our fall], BWV 637
7b. Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt. Fuga. (2nd version), BWV 705
8. In dir ist Freude [In Thee is joy], BWV 615
9. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland [Jesus Christ, our Savior], BWV 665
^ Brahms: Six Chorale Peludes for Organ, from Op. 122, transcribed for piano by Busoni (1902) BV B 50
No. 4: Herzlich thut mich erfreuen [My inmost heart rejoiced]
No. 5: Schmücke dich, o Liebe Seele [Deck thyself out, o my soul]
No. 8: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen [A rose breaks into bloom]
No. 9: Herzlich tut mich verlangen [My inmost heart doth yearn]
No. 10: Herzlich tut mich verlangen [My inmost heart doth yearn]
No. 11: O Welt, ich muss dich lassen [O world, I e'en must leave thee]
Paul Jacobs, piano


Busoni: Elegies. Ballet Scene No.4. Martin Jones.

Argo ZRG 741 (LP, limited availability)
Michael Brenner, producer; Stanley Goodall, engineer; issued 1973.
Mentioned by Adrian Corleonis in 32:3 (Jan/Feb 2009). Subscription required. Accessed 30 September 2009.
"the ideal balance between atmosphere and crackle" and "...the young Martin Jones, at his divinatory best..."
^ Elegien. 7 neue Klavierstücke (1907) BV 249
(includes ^ Berceuse (1909) BV 252 as no. 7)
^ Vierte Ballett-Szene Op. 33a (1892) BV 238
Martin Jones, piano


Ferruccio Busoni. The Major Piano Works. Geoffrey Douglas Madge.

Amazon.com prod. page Accessed 15 April 2009.)
Recorded live at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, Holland, in 1987.
Reviewed in Gramophone, April, 1988, p. 1477 Accessed 15 April 2009.
CD 1:
^ 24 Préludes Op. 37 (1880–1881) BV 181
^ Zwei Tanzstücke Op. 30a (1890/1914) BV 235a
^ Vierte Ballett-Szene Op. 33a (1892) BV 238
CD 2:
^ Racconti Fantastici Op. 12 (1881 or 1882) BV 100
^ Variationen und Fuge in freier Form über Fr. Chopins c-Moll-Präludium (Op. 28, Nr. 20), Op. 22 (1884–1885) BV 213
^ Macchiette Medioevale Op. 33 (1882–1883) BV 194
^ Stücke für Pianoforte Op. 33b (1895) BV 241
CD 3:
^ Elegien. 7 neue Klavierstücke (1907) BV 249
(includes ^ Berceuse (1909) BV 252 as no. 7)
^ Suite Campestre Op. 18 (1878) BV 81
^ Zehn Variationen über ein Präludium von Chopin Op. 22 second version (1922) BV 213a
CD 4:
^ Fantasia Contrappuntistica (1910) BV 256
^ Choral Vorspiel über ein Bachsches Fragment (1912) BV 256a
^ Nuit de Noël. Esquisse pour le piano (1908) BV 251
^ Indianisches Tagebuch. Erstes Buch. Vier Klavierstudien über Motive der Rothäute Amerikas (1915) BV 267
^ Fantasia nach Johann Sebastian Bach (1909) BV 253
CD 5:
^ Sonatina (1910) BV 257
^ Sonatina seconda (1912) BV 259
^ Sonatina ad usum infantis (1915) BV 268
^ Sonatina in diem nativitatis Christi MCMXVII (1917) BV 274
^ Sonatina brevis. In signo Joannis Sebastiani Magni. (1918) BV 280
^ Sonatina super 'Carmen'. Kammer-Fantasie über Bizets Carmen (1920) BV 284
^ Drei Albumblätter (1917–1921) BV 289
^ Notturni. Prologo (1918) BV 279
^ Perpetuum mobile (1922) BV 293
CD 6:
^ An die Jugend (1909) BV 254
^ Sieben kurze Stücke zur Pflege des polyphonischen Spiels auf dem Pianoforte (1923) BV 296
^ Prélude et Etude en Arpèges (1923) BV 297
^ Toccata. Preludio – Fantasia – Ciaconna (1920) BV 287
Geoffrey Douglas Madge, piano


Busoni. Fantasia contrappuntistica. Fantasy & Fugue on 'Ad nos'. Hamish Milne.

Hyperion prod. page Accessed 9 February 2009.)
Recorded Henry Wood Hall, London, 10 & 12 October 2007.
Editor's Choice, Gramophone, November, 2008, p.84 Accessed 17 March 2009.
^ Liszt: Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam' (arr. Busoni) (1897) BV B 59
^ Mozart: Andantino from Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major, K 271 (arr. Busoni) (1913) BV B 84
^ Busoni: Fantasia contrappuntistica, edizione definitiva (1910) BV 256
Hamish Milne, piano


Busoni. Fantasia contrappuntistica. Vlad: Opus Triplex. Grante

Music & Arts CD-1186; released 2006.
+ Bach-Vlad: "Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein" Chorale
^ Busoni: Fantasia contrappuntistica, edizione definitiva (1910) BV 256
+ Vlad: Opus Triplex
Carlo Grante, piano


Busoni. Piano Works. John Ogdon.

catalog page Accessed 24 May 2009.)
CD reissued in 2005.
First issued as an analog LP on Altarus AIR-2-9074 in 1986 (without BV 287).[3]
First reissued in digital format as Continuum CCD 1006 (CD) in 1989 (with BV 287).[3]
Recommended in 1996 Penguin Guide:
"Ronald Stevenson calls Busoni's remarkable Fantasia contrappuntistica a masterpiece and, listening to John Ogdon's performance, one is tempted to agree. The Fantasia after J. S. Bach was written a year earlier and is among Busoni's most concentrated and powerful piano works."
^ Fantasia contrappuntistica, edizione definitiva (1910) BV 256
^ Fantasia nach J.S. Bach (1909) BV 253
^ Toccata (1921) BV 287
John Ogdon, piano


Busoni: Piano Works. Roland Pöntinen.

Amazon.com prod. page. Accessed 21 August 2009.
Recorded 20–23 September 1999.
^ Sonatina (No. 1) (1910) BV 257
^ Sonatina seconda (1912) BV 259
^ Sonatina (No. 3) "ad usum infantis" (1915) BV 268
^ Sonatina (No. 4) "in diem nativitatis Christi" (1917) BV 274
^ Sonatina brevis (No. 5) "in signo Joannis Sebastiani Magni" (1918) BV 280
^ Sonatina No. 6 (Sonatina super Carmen]) (1920) BV 284
^ Red Indian Diary, Book 1 (1915) BV 267
^ Toccata (1921) BV 287
Roland Pöntinen, piano


Busoni: Piano Works (Vol. 2). Roland Pöntinen.

Amazon.com prod. page. Accessed 21 August 2009.
Recorded Kammermusikstudio des Südwestrundfunk, Stuttgart, 15–18 October 2001; 17 January 2002.
^ Sieben Elegien (1907) BV 249
(includes ^ Berceuse (1909) BV 252 as no. 7)
^ Perpetuum mobile (1922) BV 293
^ Sieben kurze Stücke (1923) BV 296
^ Prélude et Etude en Arpèges (1923) BV 297
Roland Pöntinen, piano


Busoni The Visionary. Jeni Slotchiver.

Amazon.com prod. page. Accessed 18 August 2009.
Recorded The Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, 6 and 7 September 1994.
^ Red Indian Diary, Book 1 (1915) BV 267
^ Elegien. 7 neue Klavierstücke (1907) BV 249
(includes ^ Berceuse (1909) BV 252 as no. 7)
^ Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for violin (Bach, BWV 1004), tr. for piano (1893) BV B 24
Jeni Slotchiver, piano


Busoni The Visionary II. Jeni Slotchiver.

Amazon.com prod. page.) Accessed 18 August 2009.
Recorded The Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, 26, 28 and 29 September 2002.
^ Sonatina (No. 1) (1910) BV 257
^ Sonatina seconda (1912) BV 259
^ Sonatina (No. 3) "ad usum infantis" (1915) BV 268
^ Sonatina (No. 4) "in diem nativitatis Christi" (1917) BV 274
^ Sonatina brevis (No. 5) "in signo Joannis Sebastiani Magni" (1918) BV 280
^ Sonatina No. 6 (Sonatina super Carmen]) (1920) BV 284
^ Toccata (1921) BV 287
Jeni Slotchiver, piano


Liszt & Busoni: '...and that is death' J. Y. Song.

ProPiano prod. page. Accessed 4 June 2009.
Recorded The Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, 23 December 1998.
Reviewed favorably by Peter J. Rabinowitz in , 23:2 (Nov/Dec 1999). Subscription required. Accessed 4 June 2009.
"It's not simply that she can control huge masses of sound or weld long strings of notes into a solid structure; she also has an extraordinary ability to give each polyphonic voice its own rhythmic character in a way that opens up the music's textures, a gift that pays special dividends in the Busoni."
+ Liszt: Totentanz (Danse macabre), solo piano version (1860–65) S.525
^ Busoni: Zehn Variationen über ein Präludium von Chopin Op. 22 second version (1922) BV 213a
^ Busoni: Fantasia nach J.S. Bach (1909) BV 253
^ Busoni: Berceuse (1909) BV 252
+ Liszt: La lugubre gondola II (1882) S.200
J. Y. Song, piano


Busoni. Piano Works. Geoffrey Tozer.

Chandos prod. page Accessed 9 February 2009.)
Recorded The School of St Helen & St Katherine, Abingdon, 26 & 27 July 1993; 14 & 15 July 1994.
Recommended in 2008 Penguin Guide
^ Sonatina No. 6 (1920) (Kammerfantasie super Carmen) (1920) BV 284
^ Exeunt omnes (1896) from Stücke (1895) BV 241
^ All'Italia! (1907) from Elegien (1907) BV 249
^ Turandots Frauengemach from Elegien (1907) BV 249
^ Berceuse (1909) BV 252
^ Fantasia nach J.S. Bach (1909) BV 253
^ Giga, Bolero e Variazione from An die Jugend (1909) BV 254
^ Sonatina Seconda (1912) BV 259
^ Indianisches Tagebuch [Red Indian Diary], Book 1 (1915) BV 267
^ Toccata (1921) BV 287
^ Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D, BWV 532, arr. Busoni (1888) BV B 20
Geoffrey Tozer, piano


Great Pianists of the 20th Century – Alfred Brendel III

Philips 456 733-2
^ Toccata (1921) BV 287
Recorded live in 1979 at the Großer Konzerthaussaal, Vienna
(also includes works by other composers)


Alfred Brendel – Unpublished Live and Radio Performances 1968–2001

Philips 475 8832
^ "Meine Seele bangt und hofft zu dir" and "Erscheinung" from Elegien (1907) BV 249
Recorded live 22 October 1997 at the Royal Festival Hall, London
(also includes works by other composers)

Song recitals

Busoni: Songs. Bruns, Eisenlohr.

Naxos prod. page Accessed 9 February 2009.
Recorded Studio 2, Bavarian Radio, Munich, Germany, 5–7 & 9 September 2004; 26 October 2004.
Recommended in 2008 Penguin Guide
^ Zwei Lieder, Op. 31 (1880) BV 167
^ Album Vocale, Op. 30 (1884) BV 114
^ "Wohlauf! Der kühle Winter is vergangen" No. 1 from Zwei Altdeutsche Lieder, Op. 18 (1884) BV 207
^ Zwei (Hebräische) Lieder, Op. 15 (1884) BV 202
^ Zwei Lieder, Op. 24 (1885) BV 216
^ Des Sängers Fluch, Op. 39 (1879) BV 98
^ Lied des Brander (1918) BV 299
^ Lied des Mephistopheles, Op. 49, no. 2 (1918) BV 278a
^ Lied des Unmuts (1918) BV 281
^ Zigeunerlied, Op. 55, no. 2 (1923) BV 295a
^ Schlechter Trost (1924) BV 298a
^ Reminiscenza Rossiniana (1923) BV A 5
Martin Bruns, baritone
Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano

Operas

Busoni. Die Brautwahl. Fernando Previtali.

Gala GL 100.719 (Recorded live in Turin on 17 April 1975; issued on 2 CDs in 2002.)
Note: Contains small cuts amounting to about one-sixth of the score, but does include every scene and in the original order.
^ Die Brautwahl (1911) BV 258
George Fourié (Voswinkel); Lilian Sukis (Albertine); Gerald English (Thusman); Herbert Handt (Edmund Lehsen); Sigmund Nimsgern (Leonhard); Raffaele Arié (Manasse); Ermanno Lorenzi (Baron Bensch); Bruno Andreas (A Servant)
Orchestra and Chorus of RAI Turin; Fernando Previtali, conductor


Busoni. Die Brautwahl. Daniel Barenboim.

Warner Classics prod. page Accessed 9 February 2009.)
(Also Amazon.com prod. page Accessed 9 February 2009.)
Recorded live Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Nov 1993.
Note: Approximately one-third of the opera has been cut, including two complete scenes, and one of the remaining has been moved to a new position in the score.
Recommended in 2008 Gramophone Guide
^ Die Brautwahl (1911) BV 258
Siegfried Vogel (Voswinkel); Carola Höhn (Albertine); Graham Clark (Thusman); Vinson Cole (Lehsen); Pär Lindskog (Baron Bensch); Roman Trekel (Leonhard); Günter von Karmen (Manasse)
Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin; Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim, conductor


Busoni: Arlecchino. Gerd Albrecht.

Capriccio 60 033-1 (Naxos prod. page. Accessed 21 June 2009.)
See also Amazon.com prod. page Accessed 21 June 2009.
Recorded at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berkin, Dahlem, 2–4 January 1992 and 4 December 1992; issued 1994.
Reviewed very favorably by Michael Stewart in Gramophone, November 1994, p.144. Accessed 21 June 2009.
"Capriccio's Complete Busoni Edition is shaping up to be a very impressive series indeed. ... Altogether a highly recommendable issue."
^ Arlecchino (1916) BV 270
Peter Matič (Arlecchino, spoken) /Robert Wörle (Arlecchino, sung); René Pape (Ser Matteo del Sarto); Siegfried Lorenz (Abbate Cospicuo); Peter Lika (Dottor Bombasto); Robert Wörle (Leandro); Marcia Bellamy (Colombina, sung) /Katharina Koschny (Colombina, spoken)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerd Albrecht, conductor


Busoni: Turandot. Gerd Albrecht.

Capriccio 60 039-1 (Naxos prod. page. Accessed 21 June 2009.)
See also Amazon.com prod. page Accessed 21 June 2009.
Recorded at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berkin, Dahlem, 21–25 January 1992; issued 1993.
Reviewed favorably by Michael Stewart in Gramophone, November, 1993, p. 139. Accessed 21 June 2009.
Praised in particular Josef Protschka as Kalaf and Robert Wörle, Johannes Werner Prein, and Gotthold Schwarz. Preferred Mechthild Gessendorf (in the Nagano recording, see next) to Albrecht's Linda Plech in the role of Turandot.
Reviewed by Antony Bye for BBC Music Magazine. Accessed 20 June 2009.
Received 5/5 stars for performance and sound. "There's little to choose between the two recordings of Turandot."
^ Turandot (1917) BV 273
René Pape (Altoum); Linda Plech (Turandot); Gabriele Schreckenbach (Adelma); Josef Protschka (Kalaf); Friedrich Molsberger (Barak); Celina Lindsley (Queen Mother); Robert Wörle (Truffaldino); Johannes Werner Prein (Pantalone); Gotthold Schwarz (Tartaglia)
RIAS Kammerchor
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerd Albrecht, conductor


Busoni. Arlecchino/Turandot. Kent Nagano

Amazon.com prod. page Accessed 9 February 2009.)
Recorded Radio France Auditorium Maurice Ravel, Lyon, 22–26 February 1992 (Arlecchino); 1–4 August 1991 (Turandot).
Reviewed favorably in Gramophone, November, 1993, p. 139 (Accessed 9 February 2009.)
^ Arlecchino (1916) BV 270
Ernst Theo Richter (Arlecchino); Suzanne Mentzer (Colombina); Thomas Mohr (Ser Matteo del Sarto); Wolfgang Holzmair (Abbate Cospicuo); Philippe Huttenlocher (Dottor Bombasto); Stefan Dahlberg (Leandro)
Chorus & Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon; Kent Nagano, conductor
^ Turandot (1917) BV 273
Mechthild Gessendorf (Turandot); Stefan Dahlberg (Kalaf); Franz-Josef Selig (Altoum); Gabriele Sima (Adelma); Falk Struckman (Barak); Anne-Marie Rodde (Queen Mother); Markus Schäfer (Truffaldino); Michael Kraus (Pantalone); Wolfgang Holzmair (Tartaglia)
Chorus & Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon; Kent Nagano, conductor


Busoni: Doktor Faust. Kent Nagano

Warner Music prod. page Accessed 9 February 2009.])
Recorded: Opéra National de Lyon, Nov 1997 and Mar 1998
Plays with the Jarnach ending of the final scene, but the Beaumont version is included and can be used to replace the Jarnach version via a playlist or CD programming.
Recommended in 2008 Gramophone Guide
Praises the inclusion of the Beaumont completion of the second half of the final scene, but prefers Jarnach's more melodramatic ending, even though it does not accurately reflect Busoni's intentions. "Dietrich Henschel displays considerable style and stamina during his two extended monologues in the opera's final stages, and although his singing isn't entirely free of straining for effect, or of bluster, the character's tortured humanity is vividly conveyed." "Begley tackles the many demanding aspects of the part [of Mephistopheles] with panache and, in the scintillating ballad, wit and menace are in perfect balance."
Recommended in 2008 Penguin Guide
"Dietrich Henschel may not be a searching or weighty interpreter, but the clarity and incisiveness of his singing are most impressive, leading to a noble account of the death scene, one of the passages expanded in the Beaumont version. He is well contrasted with the powerful Mephistopheles of Kim Begley, a tenor role that is Wagnerian in its demands."
Reviewed by Joseph Horowitz in , May 7, 2000. Accessed 27 October 2009.
"This is in every way a thoughtful, conscientious and polished presentation, yet (alas) it feels small and tight." "FAUST and Mephistopheles are mega-roles. Faust ranges from existential turbulence to erotic bravado and terminal repose. Mr. Henschel sounds like a scaled-down version of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the 1970 Deutsche Grammophon recording.... Busoni's Mephistopheles is cunning, edgy, commanding: a character-tenor with heft. Mr. Begley is merely a Loge. William Cochran, in the Leitner recording, applies a Siegmund voice to the part; the results are labored but properly formidable."
^ Doktor Faust (1924) BV 303
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Poet); Dietrich Henschel (Doktor Faust); Markus Hollop (Wagner); Kim Begley (Mephistopheles); Torsten Kerl (The Duke of Parma); Eva Jenisova (The Duchess of Parma); Markus Hollop (The Master of Ceremonies); Detlef Roth (The girl's brother)
Chœur de l'Opéra National de Lyon
Chœur du Grand Théâtre de Genève
Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon
Kent Nagano, conductor


Busoni: Doktor Faust. Ferdinand Leitner.

digital download. Accessed 27 April 2009.)
Analog version issued on LP in 1970; digital version released 6 April 1989.
Recommended in 1996 Penguin Guide.
Recording received 3 of 3 stars, high praise for the conducting of Leitner and the portrayal of Faust by Fischer-Dieskau, but there were reservations concerning Hildegard Hillebrecht as the Duchess of Parma and the many cuts in the score.
Review of original LP release by Lionel Salter in Gramophone, September, 1970, p. 463. (Accessed 27 April 2009.)
Includes a fairly detailed description and analysis of the opera.
Reviewed by Michael Oliver in Gramophone, August, 1989, p. 362 (Accessed 27 April 2009.)
Reservations about cuts: "12 passages are excised, 700 bars in all, including most of the church scene and its organ prelude, three fine orchestral passages (including the very beautiful transformation music before the vision of Helen of Troy) and the first three sections of the students' serenade."
^ Doktor Faust (1924) BV 303
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Doktor Faust); William Cochran (Mephistopheles); Anton de Ridder (Duke of Parma); Hildegard Hillebrecht (Duchess of Parma); Karl Christian Kohn (Wagner, Master of Ceremonies); Franz Grundheber (Soldier, Natural Philosopher); Manfred Schmidt (Lieutenant); Marius Rintzler (Jurist); Hans Sotin (Theologian)
Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra; Ferdinand Leitner, conductor


Busoni: Doktor Faust. Philippe Jordan.

Arthaus Musik 101 283 (Arthaus Musik prod. page Accessed 27 April 2009.])
Arthaus Musik 101 284 (Arthaus Musik prod. page Accessed 27 April 2009.])
Recorded live Zurich Opera House, 2006.
Reviewed by Guy Rickards in Gramophone, March, 2008, p. 90 (Accessed 27 April 2009.)
Rickards finds that Hampson gets off to a poor start, "but audibly grows into the role" and Gregory Kunde steals the show as Mephistopheles. He strongly criticizes the use of Jarnach's (as opposed to Beaumont's) completion of the final scene as a misrepresentation of Busoni's intentions, and says it "stylistically jars the moment it starts." He also objects to the omission of the Students' serenade to Wagner at the beginning of the final scene. "Wagner's replacement of Faust as Rector is included in the sung text and meaningless without its representation onstage. Musically, the cut section provides vital contrast between the defiance of the second scene's close and the denouement."
^ Doktor Faust (1924) BV 303
Thomas Hampson (Doktor Faust); Gunther Groissböck (Wagner, Master of Ceremonies); Gregory Kunde (Mephistopheles); Reinaldo Macias (Duke of Parma, Soldier); Sandra Tratmigg (Duchess of Parma); Martin Zysset (Lieutenant); Andreas Winkler (1st Student from Cracow) Thilo Dahlmann (2nd Student from Cracow); Matthew Leigh (3rd Student from Cracow); Giuseppe Scorsin (Gravis); Tomasz Slawinski (Levis); Gabriel Bermúdez (Asmodus); Randall Ball (Belzebuth); Miroslav Christoff (Megaros)
Zurich Opera House Chorus and Orchestra; Philippe Jordan, conductor

Notes

References

Other sources

  • Amazon.com web site. Accessed 9 February 2009.
  • Busoni discography up to 30 August 2005 at Vinylphil Accessed 27 April 2009.
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