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Hyperion Records

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Front illustration by Donya Claire James (b?)
Track(s) taken from CDA67324
Recording details: August 2001
Forde Abbey, Somerset, United Kingdom
Produced by Erik Smith
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: February 2002
Total duration: 2 minutes 31 seconds

'Nikolai Demidenko performs all the music here with admirable devotion … The playing throughout this enterprising recital cannot be faulted' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Demidenko plays them all with great panache and limitless technical command, clearly relishing the vast array of colour that Busoni's fertile imagination encourages' (The Guardian)

'[Demidenko's] performances capture the smouldering long lines and Gothic grandeur inherent in Busoni's textural transformations of the originals' (International Record Review)

'Enthusiastically recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'From the opening notes of the Fantasia, Adagio and Fugue with which the CD begins there is a lightness, vivacity and ease to Demidenko’s playing which engages the attention' (Pianist)

'Demidenko’s full-blooded readings of the D major Prelude and Fugue BWV 532 and the monumental D minor Chaconne from BWV 1004 have the necessary tingle factor, backed by sensational recorded sound' (Music Week)

'Demidenko rend un somoptueux hommage à l’art de Busoni, dont ces compositions constituent elles-mêmes un vibrant hommage au génie de Bach' (Répertoire, France)

'Il [Nikolai Demidenko] possède une véritable affinité et une intelligence de cette musique, qui apparaît très claire, sinon toujours à son maximum d’éxpressivité. Voici une approche convaincante de ces transcriptions' (Classica, France)

'This is some of the most colossal piano playing I've ever heard. In its nobility, its grandeur, its multi-dimensionality and its astounding command of piano sonorities, it's worth the price of admission by itself' (Piano, Germany)

In dir ist Freude, BWV615
composer
circa 1713/7; Weimar; Orgelbüchlein
arranger

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