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Idil Biret Archive Edition, Vol. 14: Prokofiev & Bartok

Prokofiev / Biret
Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Iba [idil Biret Archives] Catalog #: 8571296   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievBéla Bartók
Performer:  Idil Biret
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“All the works [on this LP] require a pianist of true class, because each of them presents challenges demanding something quite different from traditional technique. It has to be said that the young Idil Biret exceeds all expectations. This Turkish artist appeared in Brussels (1959) at the tender age of eighteen. Her virtuosity is astonishing, encompassing clarity, rhythmical rigour, precision and strength or delicacy, as required. She can play at great speed and maintain runs of impeccable luminosity. Her flexible touch conjures a thousand surprising effects; some notes and chords explode like whip-cracks, while others caress the keys, and there is an extraordinary purity to her polyphonic playing. In the hands of an artist of such Read more superior qualities, the very particular characteristics of both Bartók’s and Prokofiev’s piano writing are brought out to the full. Taking into account her passionate vitality and lively musical intelligence as well, I believe her talent offers more than enough to be met not simply with satisfaction but with genuine enthusiasm.”

-- Jacques Stehman, LA REVUE DES DISQUES (Belgium) 1962
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1942; USSR 
Suite for Piano, Op. 14/Sz 62 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Budapest, Hungary 
Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 148-153, Dances (6) in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Allegro barbaro for Piano, Sz 49 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Budapest, Hungary 

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