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Beethoven Edition Vol 8 - Piano Sonatas Vol 4 / Idil Biret

Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Iba [idil Biret Archives] Catalog #: 8571258   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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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."

-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Sonata no 23: III. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Sonata no 28: II. Vivace alla marcia

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