Recorded on 09/21/2011, uploaded on 03/15/2012
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Ferruccio Busoni
This work is the most often performed of Busoni’s transcriptions. He saw Bach in the light of his own time, the Romantic era, for which Bach’s organ works were the utmost Baroque splendor. This may be the reason many find this work an imitation of the organ, turning the intimate solo violin piece into the work of grand texture and magnitude, which at times seems that even the piano can barely handle. The piece is composed in three sections, each of which can almost stand on its own, yet the overall form is so magnificent that the full climax is only reached in the closing measures of the piece. Anna Shelest
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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