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Liszt 200th Anniversary Edition / Idil Biret

Liszt / Biret
Release Date: 11/15/2011 
Label:  Iba [idil Biret Archives] Catalog #: 8509004   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret
Conductor:  Emil Tabakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes 9 CDs and 1 DVD.

“Idil Biret’s new Liszt album (2010) prompts a reappraisal of her extraordinary talent…In her Sonata…you will hear playing of a formidable power and assurance…There is no mistaking her lightning reflexes in the second of the Paganini Etudes and her vivo in the imitation sautille bowing of No 4 would make even Heifetz envious. Biret’s brilliant, iron-clad Steinway is well recorded and…in her Liszt, there is stunning proficiency and a forbidding manner very much her own.” GRAMOPHONE (UK) / Bryce Morrison

“Idil Biret was a thousand times right in playing the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz, in Liszt’s transcription (at her Paris recital). With confounding technical skill and an admirable
Read more musicality Idil Biret has avenged pianists for the insult Berlioz once committed against them by ignoring them.” LE MATIN (France) / Claude Samuel

“Only a brave soul and a confident technician would set out in public to play Liszt’s transcription for piano of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique as Idil Biret did at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday night.” NEW YORK TIMES (USA) / Donald Henahan

“The performance of the extraordinary pianist Idil Biret uncannily suggests the colors and textures of the original (Symphonie Fantastique) and the recorded sound by Finnadar—which has been presenting this artist in remarkably adventurous records of contemporary music—is wonderful.” BOSTON GLOBE (USA) / Richard Dyer

“When played by a virtuoso like Idil Biret, the overstrained piano makes Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique transparent and one realizes that it is possible for a pianist with well trained hands to imitate the orchestra instruments and make them fairly recognizable.” SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG (Germany) / Joachim Kaiser

“Nearly a quarter century separates the two Liszt recordings of the Turkish pianist, who with the Paganini Etudes (1987) demonstrates what a brilliant virtuoso she was, and with the Liszt Sonata—recorded in 2010- shows that she still is. Further, her playing has gained a majestic depth and an expressive self-will, as the Sonata, an exploding testimony of Biret’s late style, exhibits. These recordings, very well prepared in respect of sound, are an important contribution to the Liszt year.” FONOFORUM (Germany) / Frank Siebert Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Emil Tabakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Emil Tabakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Emil Tabakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1/2010 
Venue:  Bilkent Hall, Ankara 
5.
Grandes Etudes (6) de Paganini, S 141 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1987 
Venue:  Brussels 
6.
Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
7.
Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1862-63; Rome, Italy 
8.
Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
9.
Overture to Wagner's "Tannhäuser", S 442 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Weimar, Germany 
10.
Etude en douze exercices, S 136 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826 
11.
Symphonie fantastique (Berlioz), S 470 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 7/1978 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
12.
Harold in Italy (Berlioz), S 472 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1836; Geneva, Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1/2011 
Venue:  Bilkent Symphony Hall 
13.
Wohin? (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 5 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
14.
Ungeduld (Schubert, 2nd version) for Piano, S 565 no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
15.
Ständchen "Horch, horch!" (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 9 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
16.
Gretchen am Spinnrade (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 8 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
17.
Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
18.
Erlkönig (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 4 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
19.
Ellens Gesang (Schubert) "Ave Maria" for Piano, S 558 no 12 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
20.
Du bist die Ruh' (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 3 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
21.
Die junge Nonne (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
22.
Der Wanderer (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 11 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
23.
Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 10, Liebesbotschaft by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Switzerland 
24.
Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 7, Ständchen "Leise flehen" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Geneva, Switzerland 
25.
Winterreise (Schubert) for Piano, S 561: no 5, Erstarrung by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Switzerland 

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