Busoni: Piano Concerto – Kirill Gerstein, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

May 8, 2019, 9:00 am

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Pianist Kirill Gerstein has long championed the music of Ferruccio Busoni, and this release marks his most ambitious engagement with the composer’s work—a live recording of Busoni’s monumental Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, conducted by Sakari Oramo. Not only is the album a rare contribution to the discography of this concerto, but it is the first recording of the work with an American orchestra since Garrick Ohlsson’s landmark recording with the Cleveland Orchestra 30 years ago. The new album also offers insight into Busoni and his music through the inclusion of an 88-page booklet containing rarely published photographs and documents from the Busoni archive in Berlin, as well as specially commissioned essays by leading Busoni scholars.