I thought it must be, from the sound of the piano as well as the rather 'mechanical' performance, not much expression, but it probably gives some sense at least of the tempo and 'attack' of his playing. I think it was the gramophone that encouraged the over-the-top romanticism of mid-century recordings, and evidently in some parts of the world that's still in favour!
Ah yes, he was a fine composer that Bach-Busoni guy!Another sublime piece. Vladimir Horowitz plays Johann Sebastian Bach's Adagio from the Toccata in C Major BWV 564, in the transcription by Ferruccio Busoni.
There's a story of his wife being introduced as Mrs. Busoni, wife of the composer, and the posh lady she was meeting looked a bit mystified, then said, "Ah, you must be Mrs. Bach-Busoni?"