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Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos / Biret, Wit, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven / Biret / Bilso
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Iba [idil Biret Archives] Catalog #: 8503069   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Idil BiretGulben Ozisik CayanAli Sinan GulsenEthem Demir,   ... 
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony OrchestraTurkish State Polyphonic Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“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
“Clarity, attention to details and deft sense for drama are in evidence in the performance of the concertos. If Alfred Brendel is lean and classical in his several Beethoven cycles, and Schnabel is driven and intense in his, Biret is monumental, dark and
Read more probing…Biret brings out much detail, and phrases the music intelligently throughout. The Bilkent Symphony from Turkey plays well…Antoni Wit (The Music Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic) conducts with a knowing hand, and the sound is vivid and powerful. Biret’s cycle of concertos may well go down with the finer recorded efforts, including those of Alfred Brendel.”
— Classical Net (USA)

“The performances are fresh and invigorating, gently sensual and spaciously paced. In some way, they are like the playing of Biret’s mentor, the great German pianist Wilhelm Kempff, in that they are clear and unpretentious, yet conveying an underlying structure of delicate poetry which can rouse itself on occasion to surprising eloquence and power. Her orchestral partner is the leading Turkish Orchestra, which plays with a sense of subtle textural dimensionality rarely heard in the West. Her conductor is Antoni Wit who contributes a superbly probing and elegantly phrased musical embrace.”
— Audiophile Audition (USA)

“Already in the 1980s Idil Biret played all the Liszt transcriptions of Beethoven’s Symphonies and established then her special affinity to Beethoven. Her recordings of the 5th Concerto and Choral Fantasy confirm this strongly once again.”
— Fonoforum (Germany) 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 

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