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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos, Vol. 1 (Biret) - Nos. 1, 2 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 3)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Artist(s) Wit, Antoni, Conductor • Bilkent Symphony OrchestraBiret, Idil, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.571253
Label Idil Biret Archive
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


“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 the big line and yet is thankfully sparing in her use of fortissimos. The piano tone is sumptuous. Biret’s gentle and almost sensuous sonorities are really captivating. One is reminded that her mentor has been Wilhelm Kempff.” (Gramophone) “Idil Biret gives an impressive performance. A supreme mastery of tempi, sonorities, polyphony and technique permits Biret—a disciple of Alfred Cortot—to embrace all the moods of Beethoven and gives her playing a symphonic depth rarely heard until now.” (Le Nouvel Observateur) “Idil Biret has recently recorded Liszt’s



Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2009

If Wilhelm Kempff were recording a new complete series of the Beethoven Piano Concertos, I guess it would sound much like this first disc in Idil Biret’s cycle. That is no coincidence as she has been a lifelong disciple of his style of playing. Throughout there is a poetic freedom in the shaping of phrases and a feeling of fresh spontaneity in music that is totally familiar. Outer movements have that feeling of latent strength, tempos never rushed, but always with that felling of compelling forward momentum. Maybe Kempff would not have taken such a deliberate view of the central movement in the First concerto, where the lyric flow is at times held up while Biret explores the music’s innate beauty. As I comment on an earlier disc this month, Biret was also a Cortot



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