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SCHUMANN, R.: Kreisleriana / Blumenstuck / Faschingsschwank (Biret Solo Edition, Vol. 5)

Composer(s):Schumann, Robert
Artist(s) Biret, Idil, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.571292
Label Idil Biret Archive
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“The most exciting young pianist to come to Montreal in years. She has a personal magnetism that belongs only to a certain type of virtuoso performer, one who succeeds in hypnotizing you no matter how what he or she is playing…Miss Biret is one of the finest natural Schumann players I have ever come across. In fact I cannot recall ever hearing a better all round performance of Schumann’s Fantasiestücke in any concert hall in this city.”
“A recital program of Beethoven’s Sonata, Op 28, Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op 12, Schubert’s Impromptus and finally, to conclude, Prokofiev’s Sonata No 7. Having at her disposal gentleness and force as



Review By Ángel Carrascosa Almazán,Ritmo,February 2013

A sus 70 años cumplidos, la pianista turca Idil Biret, que tantas grabaciones notables y sobresalientes ha venido realizando, comienza a decaer (a juzgar por este disco, grabado en enero de 2012). Lo cual deja bastante mal sabor de boca a quienes la hemos admirado en tantas ocasiones. Y no sólo flaquea en la llamada técnica o, dicho con más precisión, en la destreza de sus dedos, como se puede apreciar con claridad en el Finale (“Höchst lebhaft”: extremadamente vivo) del Carnaval de Viena, una página tremendamente exigente (“demanding”, como dicen los ingleses), sino que también la edad le ha afectado a su arte (cosa que, por suerte, a Rubinstein o a Arrau les ocurrió en menor


Review By,November 2012

There is sensitivity aplenty in the fifth volume of the Idil Biret Solo Edition…Biret is a thoughtful pianist, never flashy, with plenty of technique but a willingness to subsume it into the music in order to interpret the works as sensitively as possible. The major work here is Kreisleriana, and Biret fully brings out the contrasts among the suite’s eight short movements, which are by turns agitated, expressive, stormy, gentle, frenetic and tranquil, ending with a conclusion marked Schnell und spielend (“quickly and easily”) that is anything but easy, but that Biret handles effectively as a capstone to the work. Blumenstück calls for a very different, much milder approach…Biret…does a fine job



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