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Rachmaninov Edition / Biret, Wit, Polish National Radio Symphony


Release Date: 10/13/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8501065  
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Idil Biret
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Idil Biret was introduced to Rachmaninov as a composer and performer at an early age in Instanbul by an uncle. She greatly admired his performance style and compositions and felt an immediate affinity to him. It was an encounter with the great Emil Gilels at the home of Nadia Boulanger in 1957 which led to her career in Russia where she often played Rachmaninov’s works. After hearing Biret play for him in Paris, Gilels asked Biret if she would like to perform in the USSR. She gladly said “yes” and soon an invitation came for an eight concert two week tour there in 1960 when she was only nineteen years old. After her first recital in Moscow, Goskonzert extended the tour to one month and added eight more concerts to make a total of sixteen. Read more Biret made many more tours in the Soviet Union afterwards playing around 100 concerts there over the years. This release features Biret performing Rachmaninov’s complete solo piano music, as well as his piano concertos. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1917; Russia 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926/1941; USA 
3.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
6.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
7.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
8.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
9.
Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesleid" for piano, TN iii/5 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921 
10.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
11.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
13.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
14.
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USA 
15.
Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
16.
Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Russia 
17.
Song without words for Piano in d by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1887; Russia 
18.
Prelude for Piano in F major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Russia 
19.
Prelude for Piano in D minor, Op. posthumous by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Russia 
20.
Oriental Sketch for Piano in B flat major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; USSR 
21.
Morceau de fantaisie in G minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
22.
Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16: no 2, Allegretto in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
23.
Fughetta for Piano in F major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
24.
Fragments by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Russia 
25.
Canon for Piano in E minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
26.
Canon for Piano in D minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890-1891; Russia 
27.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Russia 
28.
Pieces (4) for Piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1887; Russia 
29.
Morceaux (7) de salon, Op. 10 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Russia 
30.
Transcription of Schubert's "Wohin?" from "Die Schöne Müllerin" for piano, TN iii/10 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1925 
31.
Transcription of Mussorgsky's "Hopak" from opera "Sorochintsy Fair" for piano (also for piano & vioi by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1923; Russia 
32.
Transcription of Mendelssohn's "Scherzo" from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for piano, TN iii/7 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1933 
33.
Transcription of Bizet's "Minuet" from "L'Arlesienne-Suite No 1" for piano, TN iii/3 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1900; Russia 
34.
Suite from the Violin Partita in E major: Prelude, Gavotte & Gigue, transcription for piano after J. S. Bach, TN iii/1 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1933 
35.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
36.
Transcription of Tchaikovsky's "Lullaby for piano, Op.16/1," TN iii/14 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1941 
37.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Daisies by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Russia 
38.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 5, Lilacs by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
39.
Aleko: Young Gypsy's Song by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
40.
Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesleid" for piano, TN iii/5 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921 
41.
Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
42.
Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R." by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911 
43.
Star-Spangled Banner by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 

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