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Presto Music Classical Podcast, Episode 48: Doubling Brahms - Busoni and his violin concerto with Francesca Dego

Francesca DegoViolinist Francesca Dego kicks off the Busoni centenary celebrations with her new album, pairing his concerto with that of Brahms - a juxtaposition that might seem strange, until you realise (as Francesca describes) the deep connections between the two works, so much so that Busoni's concerto could even be seen as a direct homage to Brahms's.

As well as discussing Busoni himself - the prolific arranger, the unorthodox music theorist, the passionate advocate of performers taking liberties with music - we talk about Italian composers trying to be German (with varying degrees of success); beards (or the lack of them); the secret to marital bliss in musical couples (not related to facial hair); and the rather 'wand chooses the wizard' nature of a performer's bond with their instrument.

Image credit: Davide Cerati

The recordings mentioned in this episode...

Francesca Dego (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dalia Stasevka

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Francesca Dego (violin), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Daniele Rustioni

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Daniel Hope (violin), Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin, André de Ridder

Available Format: CD

Geoffrey Madge (piano)

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC