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Francesco Piemontesi|Bach Nostalghia

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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Bach Nostalghia

Francesco Piemontesi

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1
Prelude in E-Flat Major, BWV 552 "St. Anne" (Transcr. F. Busoni for Piano)
00:08:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Arranger - Francesco Piemontesi, Piano, MainArtist - Johannes Kammann, Producer

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Deutschlandradio/Pentatone Music B.V.

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

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Arranger - Francesco Piemontesi, Piano, MainArtist - Johannes Kammann, Producer

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Deutschlandradio/Pentatone Music B.V.

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

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Arranger - Francesco Piemontesi, Piano, MainArtist - Johannes Kammann, Producer

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Deutschlandradio/Pentatone Music B.V.

4
Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971: I. Allegro
00:04:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Piano, MainArtist - Johannes Kammann, Producer

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Deutschlandradio/Pentatone Music B.V.

5
Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971: II. Andante
00:04:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Piano, MainArtist - Johannes Kammann, Producer

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Deutschlandradio/Pentatone Music B.V.

6
Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971: III. Presto
00:03:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Piano, MainArtist - Johannes Kammann, Producer

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Deutschlandradio/Pentatone Music B.V.

7
Flute Sonata in E-Flat Major, H. 545 (Attrib. J.S. Bach as BWV 1031): II. Siciliano (Transcr. W. Kempff for Piano)
00:03:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger - Francesco Piemontesi, Piano, MainArtist - Johannes Kammann, Producer - Carl Philip Emannuel Bach, Composer

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Deutschlandradio/Pentatone Music B.V.

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

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Piano, MainArtist - Maximilian Schnaus, Arranger - Johannes Kammann, Producer

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Deutschlandradio/Pentatone Music B.V.

9
Toccata, BV 287
00:09:16

Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Francesco Piemontesi, Piano, MainArtist - Johannes Kammann, Producer

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Deutschlandradio/Pentatone Music B.V.

10
Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552
00:07:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Arranger - Francesco Piemontesi, Piano, MainArtist - Johannes Kammann, Producer

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Deutschlandradio/Pentatone Music B.V.

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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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