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PETRI PLAYS BEETHOVEN AND BUSONI



Egon Petri plays Beethoven in a number of outstanding performances of the piano sonatas including the very popular Pathétique, Moonlight, Appassionata, and Les Adieux sonatas as well as the Hammerklavier and the last three of Beethoven's extraordinary works in the genre. Ten of the thirty-two great sonatas which to my way of thinking represent the essence and evolution of Beethoven's creative greatness are offered here.  Needless to say, Petri plays Beethoven as superbly as he did everything he touched.

His dedication to Busoni is very much apparent in the many of the latter's transcriptions of pieces by Bach.  Among the original works by Busoni is a definitive performance of the Fantasia Contrappuntistica, a colossal summation of the composers respect for the past and his vision for the future.

But it may be that a number of these works are not all that familiar to some, and many do not display to my satisfaction the genius that is Petri.  Of the selection available on this page, it is the way Petri plays Beethoven that fully demonstrates the supreme mastery of his art.



Bach-Petri  "Sheep may safely graze" BWV 208 and "I step before thy throne" BWV 668

recorded in 1958




Bach-Petri  3 Minuets from the Notebook for W F Bach
in G major, BWV 841 - in G minor, BWV 842 - in G major, BWV 843

recorded in 1935




Bach-Busoni  Toccata and Fugue, BWV 565

recorded in 1958



Bach-Busoni  Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004

recorded in 1945




Bach-Busoni  Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004

recorded in 1950


Part I



Part II




Bach-Busoni  Toccata Adagio and Fugue in C major

recorded in 1958




Bach-Busoni  "Ich ruf' zu dir, herr Jesu Christ" BWV 639

recorded in 1958




Bach-Busoni  "Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme" BWV 645

recorded in 1958



Bach-Busoni  "Vor deinen Thron tret' ich hiermit" BWV 668

recorded in 1958




Bach-Busoni  Four Chorale Preludes
1 Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
2 In dir ist Freude, BWV 615 (02:28)
3 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (04:33)
4 Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, BWV 734a (07:14)

recorded in 1942




Bach-Busoni  "Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein", BWV 734

recorded in 1958




Bach-Busoni  "Capriccio on the Departure of his Beloved Brother" BWV 992

recorded in 1951




Mozart-Busoni  Serenade from "Don Giovanni"
"Lo Staccato" from Klavierübung,

recorded in 1938




Busoni  Fantasia Contrappuntistica

recorded in 1956


Part I



Part II



Part III




Busoni Perpetuum Mobile

recorded in 1959




Busoni  Fantasia in F minor after Johann Sebastian Bach

recorded in 1937




Busoni  from Seven Elegies (1907): 2 "All'Italia!" (In modo Napolitano - Andante barcarolo)

recorded in 1938




Busoni  Indian Diary: First Book "Four Studies on American Indian Themes"
1 Allegretto affettuoso, un poco agitato - 2 Vivace
3 Andante - 4 Maestoso ma andando

recorded live in 1957




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 6 in F major, Op 10 ~2
i Allegro - ii Allegretto - iii Presto



Beethoven  Piano Sonata 8 in C minor, Op 13 "Pathétique"

recorded c 1959


i Grave, Allegro di molto e con brio



ii Adagio cantabile



iii Rondo: Allegro




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 14 in C minor, Op 27 ~2 "Quasi una fantasia" "Moonlight"
i Adagio sostenuto - ii Allegretto - iii Presto agitato

recorded in the 1950s




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 23 in F minor, Op 57 "Appassionata"
i Allegro assai - ii Andante con moto
iii Allegro ma non troppo - Presto

recorded in 1958




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 26 in E major, Op 81a "Les Adieux"
i Das Lebewohl: Adagio. Allegro
ii Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo (05:44)
iii Das Wiedersehen: Vivacissimamente (09:04)

recorded in 1954



Beethoven  Piano Sonata 27 in E minor, Op 90
i Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
ii Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen (5:40)

recorded in 1936




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 29 in B♭ major, Op 106 "Hammerklavier"
i Allegro - ii Scherzo: Assai vivace
iii Adagio sostenuto. Appassionato e con molto sentimento
iv Largo. Allegro risoluto

recorded in 1951




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 30 in E major, Op 109
i Vivace ma non troppo - ii Prestissimo (03:14) - iii Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo (05:40)

recorded live in 1954




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 31 in A major, Op 110
i Moderato cantabile molto espressivo - ii Allegro molto (06:05)
iii Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo (08:14)

recorded live in 1954




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 32 in C minor, Op 111
i Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
ii Arietta: Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile (06:23)

recorded live in 1954










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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