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Busoni: Violin Sonatas; Four Bagatelles ()

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composed by Ferruccio Busoni

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Busoni: Violin Sonatas; Four Bagatelles - Benjamin Loeb (piano); Joseph Lin (violin)
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  1. Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in E minor, Op. 29, KiV 234
  2. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in E minor, Op. 36a, KiV 244
  3. Vier Bagatellen, pieces (4) for violin & piano, KiV 229, Op. 28
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Anyone coming to Busoni's music for violin and piano expecting either the big, brash, brilliant music of his middle years or the cool, lean, smart music of his later years will be sorely disappointed. The two sonatas and the four bagatelles are all early works, masterfully accomplished early works, true, but early works nonetheless: a little gawky, a lot passionate, and exceedingly ambitious. And, it should be added, stylistically just about completely uncharacteristic of the later composer. The First Sonata is a big-boned, ...