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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas (Biret Beethoven Edition) (10-CD Box Set)


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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas (Biret Beethoven Edition) (10-CD Box Set)

“Love of Beethoven’s works threads through Biret’s life like a red ribbon. Her studio recordings and live concerts show this in an unequivocal language…Next to the Piano Concertos, the Triple Concerto and the Choral Fantasy she has also recorded and performed on stage all the Piano Sonatas and Symphony Transcriptions becoming perhaps the only artist to reach this level of completeness…This knowledge of Beethoven one hears in every nuance in Idil Biret’s playing.”
Piano News (Germany)
“Turkish pianist Idil Biret’s series of Beethoven Sonatas is emerging as a major statement in the field, entirely different in emphasis from that of Andras Schiff and the other cycles that have appeared in the recent years. She favors slow tempos and a light touch, which brings out small details, all subsumed within a convincing and well thought-out overall architecture…Idil Biret’s cycle of Beethoven sonata recordings has been an ongoing delight and a summary of insights gained over a lifetime by a veteran Beethoven interpreter…Her playing is precise without being intellectual…Biret’s quiet readings lie at an opposite extreme from the punchy essays of an Andras Schiff…Biret’s set is essential listening for the perfect Beethovenian.”
All Music Guide (USA)
“When this massive Beethoven/Biret series is issued in full, it will contain 19 CDs housing the complete sonatas, piano concertos, the Choral Symphony and the symphonies (in Liszt’s transcriptions). It will be a worthwhile monument to keyboard aficionados and Beethoven mavens, for Idil Biret is one of the finest interpreters of the composer’s works of her generation, as these discs certainly attest.”
Classical Net (USA)
“In the first volume of the sonatas Biret has wonderful rhythmic control, excellent musical instincts, and a gorgeous sound…playing so self-effacing, so honest, so unexaggerated, so musical…”
American Record Guide
“Biret grasps the size of Beethoven’s style. The polyphony is laid out in a relaxed way with little indulgence in point making. She keeps the big line and yet is thankfully sparing in her use of fortissimos. The piano is sumptuous. Biret’s gentle and almost sensuous sonorities are really captivating.”
Gramophone (UK)

  1. BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 (Biret) - Nos. 1, 2, 19, 20 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 1)  8.571251
  2. BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 (Biret) - Nos. 3, 5, 18 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 4)  8.571254
  3. BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3 (Biret) - Nos. 7, 21, 25 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 5)  8.571255
  4. BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4 (Biret) - Nos. 23, 28, 31 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 8)  8.571258
  5. BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 5 (Biret) - Nos. 9, 10, 13, 14 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 10)  8.571260
  6. BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6 (Biret) - Nos. 4, 8, 27 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 12)  8.571262
  7. BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 7 (Biret) - Nos. 6, 12, 15 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 16)  8.571266
  8. BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 8 (Biret) - Nos. 11, 16 and 17 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 17)  8.571267
  9. BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 9 (Biret) - Nos. 26, 30, 32 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 18)  8.571268
  10. BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 10 (Biret) - Nos. 22, 24, 29 (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 19)  8.571269

Label: Idil Biret Archive

Catalogue No: 8.501053

Barcode: 730099105347

Physical Release: 10/2011

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