Sunday, 21 December 2014

Great yearning nobility: Bach - Busoni - Ogdon

This is one of my very favourite pieces of music - the Chaconne movement from JS Bach's Violin Partita number 2 in D minor (certainly one of the finest things he ever wrote) - transcribed for piano by the titanic  perfomer-composer-intellectual Ferruccio Busoni - and played by England's best-ever pianist John Ogdon (1937-1989). 

This recording, then, is greatness multiplied, concentrated and captured on tape. It evokes in me a state of mounting yearning, growing but never quite satisfied - because pointing - with surety - beyond any possible experience of this world.

Starts at 01:01: 17 (1 hour, 1 minute, 17 seconds)

1 comment:

Jonathan C said...

I could not agree more with your final statement. Busoni's transcription of Bach's Chaconne is not only one of the finest pieces ever composed; it's music that points directly to the transcendental. I've said here before that Beethoven's last three piano sonatas were to me some of the most convincing evidence of the existence of God. The Chaconne is another. Some of the late Mozart piano concertos also seem to have been channeled directly from heaven.