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Three Albumleaves, BV289
No 1: 1917; Nos 2 & 3: 1921

'Busoni: Late Piano Music' (CDA67951/3)
Busoni: Late Piano Music
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No 1: Andantino sostenuto
Track 16 on CDA67951/3 CD2 [2'31] 3CDs Best of 2014
No 2: Andante
Track 17 on CDA67951/3 CD2 [2'00] 3CDs Best of 2014
No 3 (in the style of a chorale prelude): Sostenuto religioso
Track 18 on CDA67951/3 CD2 [4'57] 3CDs Best of 2014

Three Albumleaves, BV289
The first of the three pieces published in 1921 as Drei Albumblätter (Three Albumleaves) is an arrangement of the placid Albumblatt for flute and piano (1917); it soon found its way into the ‘Arioso’ of the opera Turandot. The second piece, an Andante with extended octave passages in the left hand, is a two-page fugato on a stepwise theme; it was used in Doktor Faust, as was the third (and longest) piece. Marked ‘in the style of a chorale prelude’, this one transposes down an octave Bach’s harmonization of the chorale Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV278, whose tenor part, in one of Busoni’s most brilliant inspirations, becomes a theme in its own right, in the top part.

from notes by Marc-André Roberge © 2013

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Details for CDA67951/3 disc 2 track 18
No 3, (in the style of a chorale prelude): Sostenuto religioso
Recording date
24 August 2012
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Busoni: Late Piano Music (CDA67951/3)
    Disc 2 Track 18
    Release date: November 2013
    3CDs Best of 2014
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