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Bach Nostalghia

Francesco Piemontesi

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On "Bach Nostalghia", 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. © Pentatone

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Francesco Piemontesi

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Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552 "St. Anne" (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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I. Prelude
00:08:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) (Johann Sebastian Bach)

2
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano)
00:04:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) (Johann Sebastian Bach)

3
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano)
00:04:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

4
I. Allegro
00:04:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

5
II. Andante
00:04:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

6
III. Presto
00:03:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

Flute Sonata in E-Flat Major, H. 545 (Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach)

7
II. Siciliano (Attrib. J.S. Bach as BWV 1031) [Transcr. W. Kempff for Piano]
00:03:16

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650 (Transcr. M. Schnaus for Piano) (Johann Sebastian Bach)

8
Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650 (Transcr. M. Schnaus for Piano)
00:03:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

Toccata, BV 287 (Ferruccio Busoni)

9
Toccata, BV 287
00:09:16

Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552 "St. Anne" (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano) (Johann Sebastian Bach)

10
II. Fugue
00:07:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

Album Description

On "Bach Nostalghia", 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. © Pentatone

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