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Liszt: 12 Grandes Etudes (1837) / Idil Biret Solo Edition, Vol. 3

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139
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Notes & Reviews:

'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.' (Claude Samuel, Le Matin) 'Only a brave soul and a confident technician would set out in public to play Liszt's transcription for piano of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique as Idil Biret did at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday night.' (Donald Henahan, The New York Times) 'The performance of the extraordinary pianist Idil Biret uncannily suggests the colors and textures of the original (Symphonie Fantastique) and the recorded sound by Finnadar - which has been presenting this artist in remarkably adventurous records of contemporary music - is wonderful.' (Richard Dyer, Boston Globe) 'When played by a virtuoso like Idil Biret, the overstrained piano makes Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique transparent and one realizes that it is possible for a pianist with well trained hands to imitate the orchestra instruments and make them fairly recognizable.' (Joachim Kaiser, Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Notes & Reviews:

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


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>Liszt, Franz : Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139
  • Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
  • Running Time: 76 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837-1838