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Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas / Idil Biret

Beethoven / Biret
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Iba [idil Biret Archives] Catalog #: 8501053   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Love of Beethoven’s works threads through Biret’s life like a red ribbon. Her studio recordings and live concerts show this in an unequivocal language…Next to the Piano Concertos, the Triple Concerto and the Choral Fantasy she has also recorded and performed on stage all the Piano Sonatas and Symphony Transcriptions becoming perhaps the only artist to reach this level of completeness…This knowledge of Beethoven one hears in every nuance in Idil Biret’s playing.”
— Piano News (Germany)

“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 Andras Schiff and the other cycles that have appeared in the recent years. She favors
Read more slow tempos and a light touch, which brings out small details, all subsumed within a convincing and well thought-out overall architecture…Idil Biret’s cycle of Beethoven sonata recordings has been an ongoing delight and a summary of insights gained over a lifetime by a veteran Beethoven interpreter…Her playing is precise without being intellectual…Biret’s quiet readings lie at an opposite extreme from the punchy essays of an Andras Schiff…Biret’s set is essential listening for the perfect Beethovenian.”
— All Music Guide (USA)

“When this massive Beethoven/Biret series is issued in full, it will contain 19 CDs housing the complete sonatas, piano concertos, the Choral Symphony and the symphonies (in Liszt’s transcriptions). It will be a worthwhile monument to keyboard aficionados and Beethoven mavens, for Idil Biret is one of the finest interpreters of the composer’s works of her generation, as these discs certainly attest.”
— Classical Net (USA)

“In the first volume of the sonatas Biret has wonderful rhythmic control, excellent musical instincts, and a gorgeous sound…playing so self-effacing, so honest, so unexaggerated, so musical…”
— American Record Guide

“Biret grasps the size of Beethoven’s style. The polyphony is laid out in a relaxed way with little indulgence in point making. She keeps the big line and yet is thankfully sparing in her use of fortissimos. The piano is sumptuous. Biret’s gentle and almost sensuous sonorities are really captivating.”
— Gramophone (UK)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 2 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
8.
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 
9.
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 
10.
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 
11.
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 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
13.
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 
14.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 24 Secs. 
15.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 17 Minutes 54 Secs. 
16.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 0 Secs. 
17.
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 
Length: 16 Minutes 19 Secs. 
18.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
19.
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 
20.
Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
24.
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 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:   Augustinum, Stuttgart, West Germany 
25.
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 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:   Augustinum, Stuttgart, West Germany 
26.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
30.
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 
31.
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 

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