- Rusen GŁnes (Viola)
Notes & Reviews:
The latest release from Idil Beret Archives features her recording of Liszt's piano transcription of Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique, released in 1979, which received special attention on both sides of the Atlantic as at the time it was one of the first forays into recording and performing piano transcriptions. Also on this album is Liszt's transcription of Harold for viola and piano- a transcription which especially benefits from its chamber music context, which articulates the most subtle nuances of the score without their being covered up by the full orchestra
Gramophone - Max Harrison
"Idil Biret's reading of the Symphonie fantastique (WEA Finnadar SR9023) is, in many-respects the most remarkable thing of its kind in the repertoire... This is not a record that Berliozians or Lisztians will want to miss, for the Turkish pianist Idil Biret, a pupil of Cortot and Kempff, here confirms the favourable impression she made in this piece at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London during April of this year. There are a few minor deviations from Liszt's text, but she possesses the very large technique and range of accent and dynamics needed; and she is excellently recorded."
Le Matin - Claude Samuel
"Idil Biret was a thousand times right in playing the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz, in Liszt's transcription (at her Paris recital). With confounding technical skill and an admirable musicality Idil Biret has avenged pianists for the insult Berlioz once committed against them by ignoring them."
Biret brings out Berlioz' themes and rhythms to fine effect... The entire achievement is a remarkable one, both musically and in terms of pianistic virtuosity: Biret's performance is worth hearing again and again, no matter how familiar the listener already is with Berlioz' original.
Recording information: Bikent Symphony Hall (01/2011); Town Hall, New York (01/2011); Bikent Symphony Hall (07/1978); Town Hall, New York (07/1978).
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Works DetailsLiszt, Franz : Symphonie fantastique, transcription for piano (after Berlioz), S. 470 (LW A16)
- Running Time: 52 min. 46 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1833
Liszt, Franz : Harold in Italy (I & II), transcription for piano & viola (after Berlioz, Op. 16), S. 472 (LW D5)
- Performer: Rusen Günes (Viola)
- Running Time: 17 min. 40 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1836