Idil Biret

Biography

Born: November 21, 1941; Ankara, Turkey  
Turkish pianist Idil Biret is a fixture of the Naxos catalog and its completist enterprises, having recorded the collected piano works of Chopin and Brahms for the label. In 2004 she was at work on a cycle of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas for her own IBA (Idil Biret Archives) label. She has appeared with most of the world's major orchestras and presented recitals in many countries, with a notable high point being a complete performance of Liszt's Read more brutally difficult transcriptions of Beethoven's nine symphonies at the 1986 Montpellier Festival in France. Studio performances of those transcriptions were recorded for EMI and are also slated for release on the IBA label. Biret was, in short, one of the world's top-rank pianists, not a star whose name was familiar even to casual listeners, but a versatile virtuosa whose capabilities were well known to enthusiasts.

Born November 21, 1941, in Ankara, Turkey, Biret was a classic child prodigy. Turks called her the Turkish Mozart, and when she was eight the financially strapped Turkish Parliament voted a special appropriation to make possible her musical education in Europe. Hypersensitive to music as a baby, she gained the ability to hear a tune and reproduce it on the piano when she was only two. She had an uncanny ability to learn music in her mind without practicing it at the keyboard, delivering it perfectly formed to the amazement of onlookers. Biret's first teacher in France was the famed pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, under whose tutelage she blazed through the curriculum at the Paris Conservatory. She took three first prizes there at 15 and began her professional career the following year. Biret later studied with German pianist Wilhelm Kempff, who called her his favorite disciple.

One major event of her early career was a series of concerts she gave in Moscow in 1960, organized by Russian pianist Emil Gilels. She would go on to play over 100 concerts in Russia. In 1963 Biret made her U.S. debut with the Boston Symphony in Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3, a trademark work in her repertoire. However, in addition to her Chopin and Brahms cycles, Biret was known for performing and recording contemporary music. She recorded extremely adventurous music for composer Ilhan Mimaroglu's label Finnadar in the 1970s, and her 1995 Naxos disc of Pierre Boulez's three sonatas won France's Golden Diapason award. Read less

Biography

Born: November 21, 1941; Ankara, Turkey  
Turkish pianist Idil Biret is a fixture of the Naxos catalog and its completist enterprises, having recorded the collected piano works of Chopin and Brahms for the label. In 2004 she was at work on a cycle of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas for her own IBA (Idil Biret Archives) label. She has appeared with most of the world's major orchestras and presented recitals in many countries, with a notable high point being a complete performance of Liszt's Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No. 1 in C-Sharp Major
No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor
No. 3 in B Minor
No. 4 in B Major
No. 5 in E Major
No. 6 in A Major
No. 7 in B-Flat Minor
No. 8 in A-Flat Major
No. 9 in G-Sharp Minor
No. 10 in D-Flat Major
No. 11 in B-Flat Minor
No. 12 in D-Sharp Minor
No. 1 in D-Flat Major
No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor
No. 3 in F-Sharp Major
No. 4 in F-Sharp Major
No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor
No. 6 in D-Flat Major
No. 7 in F Minor
No. 8 in E-Flat Major
I. Allegro brillante
II. In modo d'una marcia - Un poco largamente - agitato
III. Scherzo: Molto vivace - Trio I - Trio II - L'istesso tempo
IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
Thema: Andante
Etude 1: Un poco piu vivo
Etude 2: Espressivo
Etude 3: Vivace
Etude 4
Etude 5: Scherzando
Anhang Variation 1
Anhang Variation 2
Anhang Variation 5
Etude 6: Agitato
Etude 7: Allegro molto
Etude 8: Sempre marcatissimo
Anhang Variation 3
Anhang Variation 4
Etude 9: Presto possibile
Etude 10: Sempre con energia
Etude 11: Con espressione
Etude 12: Finale: Allegro brillante
I. Ruhig gehende Viertel
II. Lebhaft
III. Sehr ruhig, Variationen
IV. Massig schnell, kraftvoll
Theme
Variation 1: Melancholisch
Variation 2: Sanguinisch
Variation 3: Phlegmatisch
Variation 4: Cholerisch
I. Massig schnell
II. Langsam
II. Langsam
III. Medley, "Tre Fontane"
III. Medley, "Tre Fontane"
Book 1
Book 2
I. Allegro inquieto - Poco meno - Andantino
II. Andante caloroso - Poco piu animato - Piu largamente - Un poco agitato
III. Precipitato
No. 1. Bot-tanc (Stick Dance)
No. 2. Braul (Belt Dance)
No. 3. Topogo (In One Spot)
No. 4. Bucsumi tanc (Bucsumi Dance)
No. 5. Roman polka (Romanian Polka)
No. 6. Aprozo (Quick Dance)
I. Allegretto
II. Scherzo
III. Allegro molto
IV. Sostenuto
I. Ausserst bewegt
II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
III. Sehr aufgeregt
IV. Sehr langsam
V. Sehr lebhaft
VI. Sehr langsam
VII. Sehr rasch
VIII. Schnell und spielend
I. Allegro: Sehr lebhaft
II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam
III. Scherzino
IV. Intermezzo: Mit grosster Energie
V. Finale: Hochst lebhaft
I. So rasch wir moglich
II. Andantino
III. Scherzo
IV. Rondo
I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legendenton - Erstes tempo
II. Massig
III. Langsam getragen
I. Maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Andante
IV. Allegretto grazioso
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Romance: Larghetto
III. Rondo: Vivace
I. Maestoso
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto vivace
No. 1 in B flat minor: Andantino
No. 2 in E flat minor: Allegretto
No. 3 in B minor: Andante cantabile
No. 4 in E minor: Presto
No. 5 in D flat major: Adagio sostenuto
No. 6 in C major: Maestoso
Prelude No. 1
Prelude No. 2: Vivo
Prelude No. 3
Prelude No. 4
Prelude No. 5: Pesante
Prelude No. 6: Molto vivo
Prelude No. 7: Moderato - Molto vivo
Prelude No. 8
Prelude No. 9: Presto - Largo - Tempo I
Prelude No. 10
Prelude No. 11: Allegro
Prelude No. 12: Vivo
I. Prelude: Allegrissimo
II. Elegie: Andantino con moto
III. Scherzo: Vivace -
IV. Toccata: Allegretto
No. 1 in C major: Presto
No. 2 in A minor: Molto vivace
No. 3 in F major: Poco adagio
No. 4 in D minor: Allegro patetico
No. 5 in B flat major: Egualmente
No. 6 in G minor: Largo patetico
No. 7 in E flat major: Allegro deciso
No. 8 in C minor: Presto strepitoso
No. 9 in A flat major: Andantino
No. 10 in F minor: Presto molto agitato
No. 11 in D flat major: Lento assai
No. 12 in B flat minor: Andantino
I. In tempo d'un minuetto
II. Allegretto - Piu allegro
I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I
III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento
IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto
I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro
II. Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo
III. Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimamente
I. Vivace ma non troppo
II. Prestissimo
III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung: Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
I. Quasi rondo: Andante mosso
II. Contrastes: Andante cantabile - Molto vivace
I. Allegro brillante
II. Andante non troppo
III. Allegro con fuoco


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