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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies (arr. F. Liszt for piano), Vol. 3 (Biret) - Nos. 7, 8 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 9)

Composer(s):Liszt, Franz
Artist(s) Biret, Idil, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.571259
Label Idil Biret Archive
Quality   320kbps
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‘Listening to Beethoven through Liszt’s keyboard transcriptions can put a fresh perspective on these familiar symphonies. Idil Biret has taken on the complete cycle, and I admire her taste, technique and sound musical decisions.’ (New York Magazine) ‘…Idil Biret has just put her signature to an impressive achievement. Bravo!’ (Brussels Arts Magazine) ‘The performance of the 8th Symphony (in Milan) succeeds in the sustained tension, the prominence of logic in building up the colours, the autonomy as well as the interplay of the parts…Biret conquers by dominating the whole, with an implacable left hand in the Allegretto or with lightness in the fury of the Allegro vivace. (Corriere )



Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,September 2009

Idil Biret brings to mind Glenn Gould, in her omnivorous and largely successful series of all of Beethoven’s piano works: solos, concertos and transcriptions—a truly amazing achievement. Her depth of understanding the style and intent of the music is idiomatic and truly amazing—not to mention a dazzling technique. Hats off!

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2009

The third disc in Idil Biret’s complete piano transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies contains the finest account of the Seventh yet placed on disc. I will not go over the ground covered in my January review column, apart from restating that Biret feels Franz Liszt made many compromises and additions to Beethoven’s original creation and now a performer can, with justification, also make their input. The Seventh’s opening movement is a highly charged reading with a thunderous final section; the following Allegretto is relaxed and beautifully paced to contrast with Biret’s hectic scherzo and slow central trio. The finale dances along with suitable gusto, an approach that continues through into the opening movement of the Eighth. Here the



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