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Idil Biret: Solo Edition, Vol. 2 / Franz Liszt

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Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Etudes (12) for piano, ("Op. 6"), S. 136 (LW A8)
>Liszt, Franz : Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144
>Liszt, Franz : Konzertetuden (2), for piano, S. 145 (LW A218)
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434
>Liszt, Franz : Overture to Wagner's "Tannhauser", S 442
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Notes & Reviews:

Ritmo
The first, composed in 1826-Liszt he was only 15 years-are just that, mere pedagogical exercises with rather little musical interest. Biret however they are taken seriously, though I cannot get them much. Studies are very different concert, defended with great skill. At 70 years, Biret has a foolproof technique still allowing you to walk the crooked roads without problems posed Liszt music. Not the virtuosity, however, most surprising, because above it appears the majesty, depth, fire, passion and poetry, and how. The expressive level reaching here Biret is extraordinary. Transcripts of Rigoletto and TannhSuser, this somewhat questionable in its variations of tempi- complete a magnificent record.

Infodad.com
Here Biret has a chance not only to display her considerable technique but also to express passionate involvement with the music, and she does so quite effectively. ... Biret does a fine job of putting the technical difficulties of the pieces at the service of their expressive intent. Also on the CD are two of Liszt's operatic pieces, a concert paraphrase on Verdi's Rigoletto and a piano version of the overture to Wagner's Tannhäuser. The first of these... combines pianistic virtuosity with melodramatic emotionalism. Here Biret holds back a bit - she is a thoughtful pianist who does not wear her heart on her sleeve - and presents the music straightforwardly, without wallowing or overdoing the emotive component. That approach works well enough for Verdi, but even better in the Wagner arrangement, because here Liszt is careful to preserve the lines and the understated religiosity of the orchestral overture, never allowing the work to become a mere display piece. Biret recorded these works only a few months ago, in April, and they show her retaining, at age 69, the formidable technique she has possessed for decades - and coupling it with musical thoughtfulness and intelligence that have also long been hallmarks of her performances.

Gramophone Magazine
Biret sweeps through the set [of Etudes] with unfaltering assurance and in No. 9, the prototype for 'La ricordanza'...she is as affectionate as she is dextrous. Elsewhere there are suspicions of a 'play the notes and the rest will look after itself' philosophy...Biret rides [Il Lamento's] storms with an thunder-and-lightening virtuosity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg, Germany (04/2011).



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Études (12) for piano, ("Op. 6"), S. 136 (LW A8)
  • Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1826

>Liszt, Franz : Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144
  • Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1848.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Liszt, Franz : Konzertetüden (2), for piano, S. 145 (LW A218)
  • Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 :: paraphrase de concert (after Verdi), for piano, S. 434 (LW A187)
  • Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Liszt, Franz : Overture to Wagner's "Tannhäuser", S 442
  • Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848