[f_minor] Oh for the love of Busoni
jorgen.lundmark at sundsvall.nu
Tue Nov 1 18:46:24 EDT 2011
I think Abbado is behaving very silly. It is obvious he would not have
been able to work with our hero, the not very puristic Mr. Gould. Abbado
probably wouldn't have allowed GG to play his cadenzas in Beethoven's
first (especially not the extravagantly modern one in the third
movement), and would have critizied him for the added octaves and other
matters in the Mozart 24th. I agree with Ms. Grimaud that the cadenza
must be the choice of the pianist. Also in music history it has been
more the rule than the exception to do something extra in the cadenza,
be it in a virtuoso vein or a departure from the idiom which the work
was written in. In this context, Busoni's candenza is rather timid --
but also very beautiful -- in comparison with many other examples.
I urge all of you to listen to Horowitz' wondeful recording of the work
in question (Mozart's 23rd). Here's the filmed perfomance (the cadenza
is at [8:45]):
> "Titans clash over a mere cadenza"
> The very first news item I heard on my clock radio this morning:
> So Ferruccio Busoni has put an end to the long, happy Grimaud-Abbado
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