Collection: Finesse

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COMPOSERS: Bach,Beethoven,Busoni,Rachmaninov
LABELS: AR
WORKS: Piano sonata in E, Op. 109; Indianisches Tagebuch; Chaconne in D minor; Preludes
PERFORMER: Geoffrey Dorfman (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 1111 (distr. Jem music 001 212 684 6768)

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Notwithstanding the attractions of hearing Busoni’s rarely heard Indian Diary, this programme is effectively ruled out of court by a perverse recording, with the microphone placed as near to the keyboard hammers as possible. As a consequence Dorfman has little chance of caressing the delicate textures of Rachmaninov’s G sharp minor Prelude, while the powerful climaxes in the Bach/Busoni Chaconne grate on the ear. Erik Levi