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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies (arr. F. Liszt for piano), Vol. 4 (Biret) - No. 3, "Eroica" (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 13)

Composer(s):Liszt, Franz
Artist(s) Biret, Idil, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.571263
Label Idil Biret Archive
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 7.99
 

 


“Listening to Beethoven through Liszt’s keyboard transcriptions put a afresh perspective on these familiar symphonies. Idil Biret has taken up the complete cycle and I admire her taste, technique and sound musical decision.” (New York Magazine)
“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)
“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

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2009

Back in the 1980’s EMI issued this complete recording of the Liszt transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies and it became one of the great piano achievements of the time. In this reissue it comes as part of a large collection bringing together the complete recordings of the distinguished pianist, Idil Biret, made over a period of forty years. Born in Turkey, her solo career began at the age of 16, Nadia Boulenger and Alfred Cortot being among her mentors during her studies in Paris. Recordings for a number of labels reached her crowning achievement when she placed on disc the first cycle of the complete piano works of Fryderyk Chopin. Today we view the concept of the Beethoven transcriptions with a degree of musical awe, though for Liszt it was a way of

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