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Idil Biret Archive Edition, Vol. 19: Beethoven Edition, Vol. 10

Beethoven / Biret
Release Date: 04/26/2011 
Label:  Iba [idil Biret Archives] Catalog #: 8571269   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Turkish pianist Idil Biret’s series of Beethoven Sonatas is emerging as a major statement in the field, entirely different in emphasis from that of András Schiff and the other cycles that have appeared in recent years. She favors slow tempos and a light touch which brings out small details, all subsumed within a convincing and well thought-out overall architecture… The performances here truly represent a lifetime of musical thinking, and they are essential for serious Beethovenians.”
ALL MUSIC GUIDE “

As she demonstrated yesterday, the Turkish pianist Idil Biret must rank as a virtuoso. With unflagging energy she produced a series of supercharged performances. In Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata she revealed not only
Read more glittering fingerwork, but an unusually powerful and clear-thinking musical mind. That Kempff has been among her mentors was obviously something to take into account.”
DAILY TELEGRAPH

“When the massive Beethoven / Biret series is issued in the full, it will contain 19 CDs housing the complete sonatas, piano concertos and the symphonies (in Liszt’s transcriptions). It will be a worthwhile monument to keyboard aficionados and Beethoven mavens, for Biret (b.1941) is one of the finest interpreters of the composer’s works of her generation…All in all these four discs (the first four of the series) augur an excellent introduction to what will probably be regarded as one of the more important Beethoven keyboard projects of the early 21st century.”
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
3.
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 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54: I. In tempo d'un minuetto
Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54: II. Allegretto - Piu allegro
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78: I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78: II. Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": II. Scherzo: Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto

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