BACH/BUSONI: Concerto for Piano and Strings in D Minor after BWV 1052, MAX REGER (1873-1916): Piano Concerto, Op. 114.
Catalogue Number: 05K073
Reference: 777 373
Description: For the first half of the 20th century, Busoni's "Free Arrangement" of Bach was almost the only version played in concert. Now it appears that there isn't even another recording of it than this new one. Full of what now seem like outrageous interventions and recomposition, hacking and hewing here (ritornellos removed in the finale to make a Mozartean rondo form), adding there (a Tristan chord in the slow movement and all manner means to call attention to the power of the modern piano), this work has now arrived at the perfect time - when collectors realize that period instrument practice isn't the be-all and end-all. Michael Korstick (piano), Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ulf Schirmer.