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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies (arr. F. Liszt for piano), Vol. 1 (Biret) - Nos. 1, 2 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 2)

Composer(s):Liszt, Franz
Artist(s) Biret, Idil, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.571252
Label Idil Biret Archive
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


“From the outset of the 1st Symphony one feels that Idil Biret grasps the size of Beethoven’s style. The polyphony is laid out in a relaxed way with little indulgence in point-making. She keeps her big line, and yet is thankfully sparing in her use of fortissimos. I especially admire how she is able to give the impression of a live performance in the Larghetto from the 2nd, and here, as in other slow movements, one is reminded that her mentor has been Wilhelm Kempff…This is a remarkable achievement.” (Gramophone) “Universally gifted pianists like Idil Biret, who do not limit themselves to a cleverly selected repertory are nowadays very rare…With the recent release of the Beethoven / Liszt Symphonies international recognition

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2009

The second disc in the Idil Biret archive was first released by EMI in the 1980s and brings the first in a cycle of the Franz Liszt piano transcriptions of Beethoven’s complete symphonies. I recall at the time the impact the set made, many critics discovering a ‘new’ virtuoso tackling a monumental undertaking. Today we forget that the great German composer did not receive universal acclaim in his lifetime, and it was left to his dedicated champions, which numbered Liszt, to plead his continued cause. That could be served by giving those without orchestral access the opportunity to experience his symphonic music in piano transcriptions. In remaining as true to the original scores as possible, he still had to write it in pianistic terms with the

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