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Idil Biret Beethoven Edition 5 - Piano Sonatas 3


Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Iba [idil Biret Archives] Catalog #: 8571255   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Idil Biret's slightly clipped, intimately scaled, thoughtfully detailed Beethoven playing yields some fine performances, abetted by dry yet clear and agreeable sonics. While Biret takes Op. 10 No. 3's first movement at a little less than a true Presto, the music flows forward by virtue of her biting accents and occasional subtle animation of pulse (the second subject, for instance). By contrast, she convincingly plays the Largo as an Adagio, imbuing the heavy left-hand chords with a sense of the long line, while eloquently spacing the right-hand cantabile. The fluid, graceful Menuetto and humorously timed Rondo abound with character, color, and lightness of being. Biret brings clear, forthright fingerwork to the Waldstein, but little Read more bravura or nervous energy (her basic tempo for the Rondo slightly but noticeably broadens over time). Happily, she serves up the little Op. 79 sonata's rude dynamic shifts, playful cross-rhythmic manipulations, and disarming melodic qualities to near perfection. I also should mention Bill Newman's excellent, informative booklet notes.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 5/1994 
Venue:  Brussels, Belgium 
2. Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 5/1994 
Venue:  Brussels, Belgium 
3. Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 5/1994 
Venue:  Brussels, Belgium 

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