Busoni plays J. S. Bach

Acoustic recording from 1922 (public domain)

Busoni loathed recording sessions. Unfortunately for his admirers, there exists just a handful of acoustic recordings and a meager sampling of Welte-Mignon piano rolls. This 1922 recording of the fugue in C major from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, book one gives us a vague and tantalizing hint of Busoni’s polyphonic imagination and absolute freedom of interpretation.

MP3 - 1.9 Mb Bach, fugue in C major Click on the Busoni stamp if you wish to download an mp3 of this performance.

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Ferruccio Busoni • Pianist and Composer
Last update: Aug-22-2008