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TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 (Biret Concerto Edition, Vol. 2)

Composer(s):Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Artist(s) Tabakov, Emil, Conductor • Bilkent Symphony OrchestraBiret, Idil, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.571271
Label Idil Biret Archive
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 7.99
 

 


“The Turkish pianist Idil Biret was one of the greatest child prodigies of the 20th century. Her recital at the Boston Conservatory demonstrated that she is no less prodigious today. She played a long and demanding program with the power, concentration, and pouncing instincts of a crouching tiger. This is the kind of playing that makes reservations irrelevant; there is no one like her, which is what defines a unique artist.” (BOSTON GLOBE 2005)
“Extraordinary memory, brilliant technique and unusually insightful performances—these are the features of Idil Biret’s music making which allow her to play works inaccessible to other pianists, even eminent ones. The range of her repertoire is truly astounding. In the 1980s she

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2009

Though the CD catalogue is creaking under the weight of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto recordings, you cannot blame every pianist for wanting to have their performance for posterity, this one coming from the Turkish-born Idil Biret. It is part of the Biret Archive that I comment upon above, this being one of the newly recorded items to augment the historic releases. Like her mentor, Alfred Cortot, Biret is very much her own person, giving a highly personal account of the popular concerto, never afraid of shaping passages in unconventional ways. The opening is slow and imposing, building up a head of steam by the time we reach the main cadenza. The slow movement is spacious, the quick central section mercurial in Biret’s fingers. The final is

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