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Idil Biret: LP Originals Edition 1959-1986 [14-CD Set]


Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Iba [idil Biret Archives] Catalog #: 8501402   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannJohannes BrahmsSergei ProkofievBéla Bartók,   ... 
Performer:  Idil Biret
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Number of Discs: 14 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“We are in the presence of one of the greatest virtuosos of our time. I do not see in her generation any other pianist who possesses an equal mastery of the keyboard, in the service of such a mature mind so rich in imagination.”
— Marc Pincherle Nouvelles Litteraires, France 1959

“No doubt remained as soon as the piano began to reverberate: on the stage was a first class musician and a maestro. A complete freedom went hand in hand with Idil Biret’s interpretations. One has the feeling that she plays as easily as she breathes. With an extraordinary plasticity, she moulds each musical phrase like wax with her fingers. But, the freedom in Miss Biret’s interpretation is not accidental. Her attitude towards the works she is
Read more playing is the result of meditation. The art of Idil Biret gives joy and emotion.”
– D. Blagoy SOVIETSKAIA KULTURA – USSR 1960

“All the works [on this LP] require a pianist of true class, because each of them presents challenges demanding something quite different from traditional technique. It has to be said that the young Idil Biret exceeds all expectations. This Turkish artist appeared in Brussels (1959) at the tender age of eighteen. Her virtuosity is astonishing, encompassing clarity, rhythmical rigour, precision and strength or delicacy, as required. She can play at great speed and maintain runs of impeccable luminosity. Her flexible touch conjures a thousand surprising effects; some notes and chords explode like whip-cracks, while others caress the keys, and there is an extraordinary purity to her polyphonic playing. In the hands of an artist of such superior qualities, the very particular characteristics of both Bartók’s and Prokofiev’s piano writing are brought out to the full. Taking into account her passionate vitality and lively musical intelligence as well, I believe her talent offers more than enough to be met not simply with satisfaction but with genuine enthusiasm.”
– Jacques Stehman, LA REVUE DES DISQUES (Belgium) 1962

“This is the most successful direct-to-disc piano recording I have heard. Having an artist as sensitive and accomplished as Idil Biret at the keyboard is an enormous help. Her fluency seems limitless and her ability to control, even at the softest dynamics, is all too rare these days…Hers is a bona fide virtuoso rendition.”
– HIGH FIDELITY – USA 1977 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
2.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
3.
Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a theme by Handel, Op. 24 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Germany 
4.
Variations (28) for Piano on a theme by Paganini, Op. 35 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1863; Austria 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1942; USSR 
6.
Suite for Piano, Op. 14/Sz 62 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Budapest, Hungary 
7.
Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
8.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 148-153, Dances (6) in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
9.
Allegro barbaro for Piano, Sz 49 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Budapest, Hungary 
10.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Tonstudio Van Geest, Heidelberg, Germany 
11.
Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USA 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Maronite Church, Rue d’Ulm, Paris  
13.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 5 in G major, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Maronite Church, Rue d’Ulm, Paris 
14.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Maronite Church, Rue d’Ulm, Paris 
15.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 1 in C major, Allegro vivace by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Maronite Church, Rue d’Ulm, Paris 
16.
Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Maronite Church, Rue d’Ulm, Paris 
17.
Sonata for Piano, Op. 1 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1907-08; Austria 
18.
Variations for piano, Op. 27 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935-1936; Austria 
19.
Sonata for Piano no 2 by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948 
20.
Sérénade grotesque by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
21.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
22.
Pétrouchka: Three movements for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
23.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
24.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
25.
Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Russia 
26.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
27.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1942; USSR 
28.
Archipel 4 by André Boucourechliev
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; France 
29.
Cangianti by Niccolň Castiglioni
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; Italy 
30.
Sonata Pian e Forte by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970 
31.
Session by Ilhan Mimaroglu
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
32.
Symphonie fantastique (Berlioz), S 470 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 6/1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 55 Minutes 54 Secs. 
33.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 13 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
34.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 19 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; USSR 
35.
La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Rome, Italy 
36.
Nuages gris for Piano, S 199 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
37.
Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 74 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Russia 
38.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
39.
Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1876-78; Vienna, Austria 
40.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7 by César Franck
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
41.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:   Augustinum, Stuttgart, West Germany 
42.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:   Augustinum, Stuttgart, West Germany 
43.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 4 in B flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 
44.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 5 in C minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837 

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 Birit March 12, 2014 By john rowe (waunakee, WI) See All My Reviews "these are old recordings, and suffer the technical problems of their age. I notice those done on the French labels place the microphones quite distantly, especially the 50s recordings. The technical expertise of the pianist are always up to the challenges, but at times a little coldly so. The price is outstanding." Report Abuse
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