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Best remembered for his off-repertoire operas, Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924) was celebrated in his lifetime as a piano virtuoso and teacher.

Of his keyboard music, little is heard today apart from the bizarre Piano Concerto.

Hamelin here makes a spirited case for the mature solo oeuvre – mostly short, technically demanding pieces (including a brilliant Carmen fantasy and a dazzling arrangement of “Greensleeves”) that raid the late-Romantic arsenal of swirling colours and sumptuous textures.

Busoni

Late piano music

Marc-André Hamelin

(Hyperion) 3 CDs

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