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Idil Biret Archive Edition, Vol. 12: Rachmaninov

Audio Samples

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Moment musical in E flat minor, Op. 16/2
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Preludes, Op. 32
>     no 1. Allegro vivace
>     no 5. Moderato
>     no 12. Allegro

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Moment musical in E flat minor, Op. 16/2
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Preludes, Op. 32
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'My teacher Nadia Boulanger was absolutely against Rachmaninov's music, and when I was asked to play the Third Concerto, this was for her the worst catastrophe that could possibly happen... But, I find a great nobility in Rachmaninov's music, and when I worked with Mlle Boulanger on his Corelli Variations, she started changing her opinion completely.' - Idil Biret in her memoirs, 2006 'Astonishing piano recordings: Rachmaninov's Paganini Variations, Op. 43 for piano and orchestra is a popular work, but one almost never hears his equally estimable Corelli Variations, Op. 42 for solo piano. These Decca recordings by the young Turkish pianist Idil Biret are a remarkable, sparkling demonstration of talent: her Rachmaninov is brilliant, direct, bright... She is never daunted and avoids kitsch. And the 6 Moments musicaux, Op. 16 is no less a discovery... ' - Joachim Kaiser, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 1974

Infodad.com
played with great style and skill by Idil Biret... Biret handles the variations with restraint and poised skill in this recording, which dates to 1972... The result is very accomplished and convincing. ... Biret's interpretation of the Six Moments musicaux... does not turn these works, which are essentially glorified salon music, into big virtuoso display pieces, and that is a good thing. These are modest showpieces that serve well as brief encores and nicely display Biret's considerable technique.

David's Review Corner
Those two works would have been considered sufficient for one LP, but at those recording sessions, Biret also put down on tape three of the opus 32 Preludes. Injecting abundant drama in the First; the tinkling tranquility of the Fifth, and the rippling of water of the Twelfth. Again we find playing of great sensitivity with the ability to make every note crystal career. They are now released for the first time, and as I said in the opening, it is a lovely sound, the bass more rounded and fulsome than on many of her more recent recordings. A 'must have' for all her many admirers.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Maronite Church, Rue d'Ulm, Paris (1972).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Moment musical in E flat minor, Op. 16/2
  • Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
  • Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Preludes, Op. 32 :: no 1. Allegro vivace
  • Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Preludes, Op. 32 :: no 5. Moderato
  • Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Preludes, Op. 32 :: no 12. Allegro
  • Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910