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Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas; Piano Concertos, Symphonies / Idil Biret

Beethoven / Biret
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Iba [idil Biret Archives] Catalog #: 8501901   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz Liszt
Performer:  Idil BiretGulben Ozisik CayanAli Sinan GulsenEthem Demir,   ... 
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony OrchestraTurkish State Polyphonic Chorus
Number of Discs: 20 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“A supreme mastery of tempi, sonorities, polyphony and of course technique permits Biret to embrace all the moods of the great Beethoven and gives her playing a symphonic depth rarely heard until now.”
— Le Nouvel Observateur (France) / H-L de la Grange

“The performances here truly represent a lifetime of musical thinking and are essential for serious Beethovenians.”
— All Music Guide (USA) / James Mannheim

“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
Read more 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) / Carsten Dürer

“From the outset of the 1st Symphony one feels that Idil 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 her big line, and yet is thankfully sparing in her use of fortissimos…The piano tone is sumptuous. Biret’s gentle and almost sensuous sonorities are really captivating…This is a remarkable achievement.”
— Gramophone (UK) / J. Methuen-Campbell

“Biret’s concertos are quite classical in approach. Her articulation is crisp and wonderfully clear, rhythm is firmly controlled, and extremes are avoided. As a result the playing is never pushed, either by excessive speed or wide dynamics. The moderate tempos allow lots of detail to come through, and we find once again the elegance and beauty of Beethoven.The Bilkent Symphony, in Antoni Wit’s hands, plays musically, with a fine sense of style.”
— American Record Guide / Paul L Althouse

“Idil Biret not only recorded all nine of the Beethoven symphonies in less than a year but, in a superhuman feat which astounded all those who know about music, she also publicly performed all of them in four recitals at the Montpellier festival in France. To learn and also memorise scores of such length and difficulty in such a short time is a mind-bogglingachievement.”
— Fonoforum (Germany) / Peter Cossé Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
3. Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1/2008 
Venue:  Ankara, Turkey 
4. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1/2008 
Venue:  Ankara, Turkey 
5. 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 
6. Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano), Gulben Ozisik Cayan (Soprano), Ali Sinan Gulsen (Bass),
Ethem Demir (Tenor), Ozgecan Gencer (Soprano), Can Serhat Saygi (Tenor),
Sema Baysal (Alto)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra,  Turkish State Polyphonic Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
7. 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 
8. 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 
9. 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 
10. 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 
11. 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 
12. 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 
13. 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 
14. 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 
15. 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 
16. 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 
17. 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 
18. Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
19. 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 
20. 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. 
21. 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. 
22. 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. 
23. 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. 
24. 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 
25. 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 
26. Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
27. 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 
28. 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 
29. 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 
30. 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 
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 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:   Augustinum, Stuttgart, West Germany 
32. 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 
33. Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
34. 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 
35. Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
36. 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 
37. 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 
38. Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 1 in C major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 
39. Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 2 in D major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 
40. Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 4 in B flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 
41. Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 5 in C minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837 
42. Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 3 in E flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 
43. Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 7 in A major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837 
44. Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 8 in F major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 
45. 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 
46. Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 6 in F major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837 

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