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Berlioz/Liszt: Symphonie Fantastique, Harold In Italy / Idil Biret

Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Iba [idil Biret Archives] Catalog #: 8571284   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 1 Hours 42 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Idil Biret’s reading of the Symphonie fantastique (WEA Finnadar SR9023) is, in many-respects the most remarkable thing of its kind in the repertoire…This is not a record that Berliozians or Lisztians will want to miss, for the Turkish pianist Idil Biret, a pupil of Cortot and Kempff, here confirms the favourable impression she made in this piece at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London during April of this year. There are a few minor deviations from Liszt’s text, but she possesses the very large technique and range of accent and dynamics needed; and she is excellently recorded.”
— Max Harrison GRAMOPHONE - UK 1979

“Idil Biret was a thousand times right in playing the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz, in Liszt’s transcription (at
Read more her Paris recital). With confounding technical skill and an admirable musicality Idil Biret has avenged pianists for the insult Berlioz once committed against them by ignoring them.”
— Claude Samuel LE MATIN - France 1979

“Only a brave soul and a confident technician would set out in public to play Liszt’s transcription for piano of Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique” as Idil Biret did at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday night.”
— Donald Henahan NEW YORK TIMES - USA 1979

“Compared to so many (orchestral) recordings of the Symphonie Fantastique this Liszt version by Idil Biret is vastly preferable, a record for a desert island.”
— ORPHEUS Magazine - Germany 1979 Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphonie fantastique (Berlioz), S 470 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 7/1978 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Harold in Italy (Berlioz), S 472 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1836; Geneva, Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1/2011 
Venue:  Bilkent Symphony Hall 

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