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Busoni Recalled - The 1941 New York Commemorative Concert / Mitropoulos, New York PO

Ferruccio Busoni , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Spoken Word , Dimitri Mitropoulos , Egon Petri Audio CD
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  • Performer: Egon Petri
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Composer: Ferruccio Busoni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Spoken Word
  • Audio CD (January 11, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music & Arts Program
  • ASIN: B000038I61
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Indian Fantasy For Piano And Orchestra
3. Sarabande
4. Cortege
5. Violin concerto In D, Op. 35a
6. Szigeti Recalls Busoni

Editorial Reviews

This CD preserves a 1941 concert with three great artists closely associated with Busoni in historically valuable performances that may never be equaled. Mitropoulos is masterful in the romanticized Mozart arrangement and the Sarabande and Cortege. Petri's irresistible Indian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, based on American Indian themes, tingles with life; he and Mitropoulos are incomparable in the atmospheric slow movement and the finale's rhythmic swing. Szigeti is as masterful in the 1897 Violin Concerto, superior to his 1954 Columbia studio recording, made when his technique no longer allowed him the tonal purity and command of line we hear in this performance. Classic in form, Romantic in feeling, the work has the characteristic Busonian mix of Germanic complexity with Italianate lightness. An indispensable disc, but the sound, while listenable, has patches of distortion and extraneous noise. --Dan Davis

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5.0 out of 5 stars A collector item! November 13, 2006
Egon Petri was the most renowned pupil of Busoni; but also one of his closest friends. This fortunate circumstance may give us many clues in what respects to these piano works, admirably composed and barely performed.

This famous encounter in 1941 has another factor to take into account, the legendary Greek baton of Dimitri Mitropoulus, a conductor who always knew to extract a special sonority to this first rate Orchestra in those ages. By those ages, he was conductor of the Minneapolis Orchestra and was a very ofetn guest director.

Don't miss this chance to put in contact with three legends; composer, soloist and conductor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an absolutely unique musical document May 22, 2011
Egon Petri was a fantastic pianist, but a chance to hear him play a concerto live makes this a unique experience. The performance is white hot, a touch messy in that the orchestra isn't always in sync with the performer. So what? Szigeti gives a great reading the violin concerto and Mitropolous gives us the saraband and cortege synthesis from Doktor Faust. It's a communion between titans in the service of their beloved master, Busoni. Musicians of this order will not come our way again. Don't miss it.
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