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Best of Beethoven / Idil Biret


Release Date: 07/24/2020 
Label:  Idil Biret Archive   Catalog #: 8504055  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz Liszt
Performer:  Idil BiretEthem DemirOzgecan GencerGulben Ozisik Cayan,   ... 
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony OrchestraTurkish State Polyphonic Chorus
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Idil Biret’s nineteen volume Beethoven Edition consisting of the thirty two sonatas, five concertos, the Choral Fantasy and the piano transcriptions of the nine symphonies (by Franz Liszt) was recorded in fifty two days during a long period which spread over of twenty three years. In the spring of 1985 when Jacques Leiser, then Idil Biret’s agent in the USA, introduced Biret to Michel Devos, an independent producer in Belgium, she could not have imagined that this would lead to a recording odyssey lasting over twenty years. When Devos suggested an LP with the Liszt transcriptions of two Beethoven symphonies, Idil, who had earlier recorded other Liszt transcriptions, agreed immediately. When these recordings were found to be of exceptionally Read more high quality by EMI, Idil Biret was asked to record all the nine symphonies which gained universal acclaim. When she performed the nine symphonies in four concerts during one week at the Montpellier Festival in France in July 1986, this was announced as “The Event of the Festival.” After an interval of eight years, in the midst of a busy period of recording the works of Brahms, Chopin and Rachmaninov for Naxos in Heidelberg, Biret went back to Brussels in 1994 to record three sonatas of Beethoven to test how these would sound in the same location where the symphonies were recorded. The decision was then made in 2001 to record all the remaining sonatas and to release them together with the nine symphonies. With one or two sessions a year where a number of sonatas were recorded in each, the work was completed in 2008. All the works of Beethoven for piano and orchestra including the Choral Fantasy were also recorded in January/February of 2008 with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit, the music director of the Warsaw Philharmonic. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
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 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
3.
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 
4.
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 
5.
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 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ethem Demir (Tenor), Ozgecan Gencer (Soprano), Gulben Ozisik Cayan (Soprano),
Idil Biret (Piano), Sema Baysal (Alto), Can Serhat Saygi (Tenor),
Ali Sinan Gulsen (Bass)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra,  Turkish State Polyphonic Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 5 in C minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837 
10.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 9 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 

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