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Nuit de NoŽl, BV251

'Busoni: Late Piano Music' (CDA67951/3)
Busoni: Late Piano Music
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Nuit de NoŽl, BV251
Nuit de Noël (1908), a rarely played six-page ‘Esquisse’ (sketch) with French interpretative directions, was published in Paris by Durand. The accompaniment of the first section uses frail figurations based on fourths and fifths that suggest snowflakes on this unique night. Later a measured trill ostinato in the middle register serves as the background for a theme using a siciliana rhythm followed by a quotation of the Sicilian carol O sanctissima, known as O du fröhliche in German-speaking countries. The two pedals must remain depressed for much of this calm and delicate impressionistic piece featuring two indications asking the performer to suggest timpani and trumpets.

from notes by Marc-Andrť Roberge © 2013

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67951/3 disc 1 track 8
Recording date
24 August 2012
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Busoni: Late Piano Music (CDA67951/3)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: November 2013
    3CDs Best of 2014
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