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Beethoven Edition Vol 9 - Symphonies Vol 3

Beethoven / Biret
Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Iba [idil Biret Archives] Catalog #: 8571259  
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Idil Biret is clearly a very serious artist. The range of her repertoire – including Boulez, Brahms, Chopin and Beethoven - tells us that already. She is unafraid of presenting the music without additional surface charm but with great strength and immense technical assurance...The other aspect of Ms Biret’s playing is the beauty of her tone, and her ability to create an intricate texture, clarifying the musical argument...There is no empty virtuosity here, rather a display of the inner workings and character of each movement which is worth hearing no matter how well you think you know the music.

In the old days of 78s, HMV artists were divided into red labels and plum labels – sheep and goats. Public perception tended
Read more to follow that division, often unfairly to such artists as Moiseiwitsch who tended to be regarded as inferior just because they were on the “wrong” label. A similar perception may have applied to Ms Biret in the past. I hope that her continuing archive will demonstrate that she is a formidable player and artist whose performances well deserve to be preserved in this way...I look forward eagerly to the continuation of her distinguished series of the Beethoven/Liszt Symphonies in particular"

-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 7 in A major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837 
2. Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 8 in F major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 

Sound Samples

Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A major, S464/R128: I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A major, S464/R128: II. Allegretto
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A major, S464/R128: III. Presto
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A major, S464/R128: IV. Allegro con brio
Beethoven - Symphony No. 8 in F major, S464/R128: I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Beethoven - Symphony No. 8 in F major, S464/R128: II. Allegretto scherzando
Beethoven - Symphony No. 8 in F major, S464/R128: III. Tempo di menuetto
Beethoven - Symphony No. 8 in F major, S464/R128: IV. Allegro vivace

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