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Idil Biret - Archive Edition 2 - Chopin, Scriabin, Prokofiev

Chopin / Scriabin / Biret
Release Date: 02/23/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8571275  
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinAlexander ScriabinSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Idil Biret
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the late 1970s a handful of audiophile-aware labels experimented with direct-to-disc technology, bypassing the analog tape machine and feeding the recorded signal directly to metal parts on a disc-cutting lathe, just like in the 78 rpm era. No splicing or inserts were possible; an entire side had to be cut in one continuous take, including pauses between pieces or movements, in real time. Nerve-wracking for all, no doubt.

The first direct-to-disc release by a classical solo pianist, recorded in 1976 for the short-lived New York-based Finnadar label and reissued here, featured the young(ish) Idil Biret, who must have had nerves of steel. Obviously she relished the challenge, because she's on tip-top form.

The
Read more Chopin Mazurkas are freer, more "inner voice" heavy, yet somehow more flowing and poetic than in Biret's relatively "straighter" digital remakes in her complete Naxos Chopin cycle. The Scriabin sonata's pulverizing accents and long chains of trills may not explode to the rafters à la Horowitz or Ashkenazy, yet the performance's subdued half-tints and dynamic hairpins gently pin your ear to the wall. The Prokofiev Second abounds in supple virtuosic aplomb in the outer movements, dance-like wit in the Scherzo, and glowing melodic projection in the Andante.

The Seventh sonata did not figure in the original direct-to-disc LP, yet I warmly welcome its inclusion. Biret's rhythmic spring and insightful left hand/right hand interaction refreshingly underline the composer's often overlooked lyrical gifts, allowing the motoric finale lilting room as it builds toward the galvanic final pages. A few moments of rushing at the outset (remember, direct-to-disc allowed no corrections) are insignificant, as is the unusually high level of room tone in the original recording. Biret's Finnadar output is uniformly excellent, and I look forward to further reissues.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
2.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Russia 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
5.
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 

Sound Samples

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4
Mazurka No. 33 in B major, Op. 56, No. 1: Mazurka No. 33 in B major, Op. 56, No.1
Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, Op. 70
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14: I. Allegro, ma non troppo - Piu mosso - Tempo primo
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14: II. Scherzo: Allegro marcato
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14: III. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14: IV. Vivace - Moderato - Vivace
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: I. Allegro inquieto
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: II. Andante caloroso
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: III. Precipitato

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