[f_minor] Oh for the love of Busoni

maryellen jensen maryellenjensen28 at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 2 17:05:30 EDT 2011

Jorgen thanks for answering. I have to agree with your comments re Abbado; is he becoming grouchy? It seems to me
that Ms. Grimaud did what she had to do under the circumstances: insist. The fact that Deutsche Grammophon backed her up
is 'pretty swell'. Radio France Musique devoted an hour to her today on "Horizons Chimeriques". Bach-Busoni. Grimaud sincerely 
appreciates the music of Gould and his career. Save the wolves.

Horowitz here on the hallowed pages of F Minor?! - Jorgen you're a brave man. Thanks for posting that video, I went
on to watch the entire film. M. Horowitz was some 84 years old and making music like nobody's business. The 4 minute
shoot of Horowitz and Giulini listening to playback and 'discussing' the retakes is marvellous.

Marco Poli thanks for the info on the "Music and Arts 654". Thanks also to Pat.  


Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2011 23:46:24 +0100
From: jorgen.lundmark at sundsvall.nu
To: f_minor at glenngould.org
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Oh for the love of Busoni


    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 marriage.




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