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Idil Biret Archive Edition 12 - Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov / Biret
Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8571289  
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Astonishing piano recordings: Rachmaninov’s Paganini Variations, Op. 43 for piano and orchestra is a popular work, but one almost never hears his equally estimable Corelli Variations, Op. 42 for solo piano. These Decca recordings by the young Turkish pianist Idil Biret are a remarkable, sparkling demonstration of talent: her Rachmaninov is brilliant, direct, bright… She is never daunted and avoids kitsch. And the 6 Moments musicaux, Op. 16 is no less a discovery…
Joachim Kaiser SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG (Germany) 1974

Idil Biret’s complete Rachmaninov is unsurpassed for aristocratic, passionate pianism and exacting musicianship.
Richard Dyer BOSTON GLOBE (USA) 2000

“My teacher Nadia Boulanger was absolutely against
Read more Rachmaninov’s music, and when I was asked to play the Third Concerto, this was for her the worst catastrophe that could possibly happen… But, I find a great nobility in Rachmaninov’s music, and when I worked with Mlle Boulanger on his ‘Corelli Variations’, she started changing her opinion completely.”
Idil Biret in her memoirs BUCHET/CHASTEL (France) 2006 Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USA 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Maronite Church, Rue d’Ulm, Paris  
2. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 5 in G major, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Maronite Church, Rue d’Ulm, Paris 
3. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Maronite Church, Rue d’Ulm, Paris 
4. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 1 in C major, Allegro vivace by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Maronite Church, Rue d’Ulm, Paris 
5. Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Maronite Church, Rue d’Ulm, Paris 

Sound Samples

Moments musicaux, Op. 16: No. 1 in B flat minor: Andantino
Moments musicaux, Op. 16: No. 2 in E flat minor: Allegretto
Moments musicaux, Op. 16: No. 3 in B minor: Andante cantabile
Moments musicaux, Op. 16: No. 4 in E minor: Presto
Moments musicaux, Op. 16: No. 5 in D flat major: Adagio sostenuto
Moments musicaux, Op. 16: No. 6 in C major: Maestoso
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 1 in C major: Allegro vivace
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 5 in G major: Moderato
13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 12 in G sharp minor: Allegro

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