Beethoven: Bagatelles Op. 126; Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133; Brahms: 6 Choral Preludes Op. 122 (Transcription F. Busoni)
This disc features the last piano works by Beethoven Schumann and Brahms.
Beethoven’s Bagatelles, written three years before his death, were considered by the composer to be the best things of their kind that he had done, a true cycle of miniatures. Schumann’s ‘Morning Songs’ were written just a few months before his attempt to drown himself in the Rhine, which led to him being confined in an asylum until his death a little over two years later. As for Brahms’s Chorale Preludes, written after the death of Clara Schumann, the versions here are rarely performed transcriptions by Busoni, who re-imagined them in the style of Brahms’s late piano pieces.