This evening I'm playing a 1978 Nonesuch LP of Six Sonatinas for Piano by Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni -- a composer better known for his Bach transcriptions than for his own original works. Composed between 1910 and 1920, these "Sonatinas" are wide-ranging in style: One sounds almost classical, yet others are more 20th century--with nods to Bizet and Prokofieff--but never atonal. As played by Paul Jacobs (on a Baldwin SD-10 Concert Grand), these short pieces are magical. The cover illustration is a portrait of the composer by his son, Raffaello Busoni, who drew it from memory in 1925, a year after his father's passing. Recorded in June 1978, New York, by Marc J. Aubort & Joanna Nickrenz (Elite Recordings, Inc.) / Mastering by Robert C. Ludwig (Masterdisk). Liner notes by Paul Jacobs.