Like Franz Liszt, Italo-German composer Ferruccio Busoni (1866–1924) was a virtuoso pianist who made many transcriptions for his instrument. This disc includes several taken from Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (after BWV 645; "Allegretto tranquillo" from Ten Chorale Preludes No. 2); Toccata BWV 565; and Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr (Andante). Works by Busoni himself are Second Sonata; Toccata; and Four Elegies: Meine Seele bangt und hofft zu Dir/"My soul trembles and hopes of thee" (chorale prelude); Turandots Frauengemach/"Turandot's Zenana" (intermezzo); Die Nächtlichen/"The Nocturnal" (waltz); and Erscheinung/"Visitation" (nocturne).
"[Claudius] Tanski is a king-size virtuoso."—The Independent