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Bach Nostalghia

Francesco Piemontesi

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Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552 "St. Anne" (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano)  
1.1
I. Prelude
Johann Sebastian Bach; Francesco Piemontesi
8:32
1.2
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Francesco Piemontesi
4:42
1.3
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Francesco Piemontesi
4:03
Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971  
1.4
I. Allegro
Johann Sebastian Bach; Francesco Piemontesi
4:00
1.5
II. Andante
Johann Sebastian Bach; Francesco Piemontesi
4:16
1.6
III. Presto
Johann Sebastian Bach; Francesco Piemontesi
3:54
Flute Sonata in E-Flat Major, H. 545  
1.7
II. Siciliano (Attrib. J.S. Bach as BWV 1031 / Transcr. W. Kempff for Piano)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; Francesco Piemontesi
3:16
1.8
Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650 (Transcr. M. Schnaus for Piano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Francesco Piemontesi
3:07
1.9
Toccata, BV 287
Ferruccio Busoni; Francesco Piemontesi
9:16
Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552 "St. Anne" (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano)  
1.10
II. Fugue
Johann Sebastian Bach; Francesco Piemontesi
7:00
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    52:06
On Bach Nostalghia, his second PENTATONE album, pianist Francesco Piemontesi presents original works of Bach, alongside Bach transcriptions and works inspired by Bach from Ferruccio Busoni, Wilhelm Kempff and Maximilian Schnaus. Whereas many modern-day musicians aim to revive the instruments used in Bach’s own time, Piemontesi explores the tradition of Bach transcriptions for piano. This tradition started in the nineteenth-century, found its most prominent exponent in Busoni, and is still alive today, as Schnaus’s transcription of Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter demonstrates. Despite using an instrument not yet existing in the composer’s time, Busoni and others sought to interpret Bach’s music with utmost reverence and study, expanding our notions of authenticity and Werktreue. For Piemontesi, playing Bach through the eyes of Busoni and Kempff incites a sense of nostalgia, re-establishing the ties to a rich pianistic tradition. The album title alludes to Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia, a 1983 film about the untranslatability of art and culture.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – PENTATONE Studio Masters

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