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

Recordings
'Busoni: Late Piano Music' (CDA67951/3)
Busoni: Late Piano Music
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No 1: Andantino sostenuto
No 2: Andante
No 3 (in the style of a chorale prelude): Sostenuto religioso

Three Albumleaves, BV289
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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
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-13-95218
Duration
4'57
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
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