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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies (arr. F. Liszt for piano), Vol. 5, 6 (Biret) - Nos. 6,


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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies (arr. F. Liszt for piano), Vol. 5, 6 (Biret) - Nos. 6, "Pastoral" and 9, "Choral" (Biret Beethoven Edition, Vol. 14, 15)

“The Pastoral thrives on Biret’s strength as a colourist. This performance is also quite a tribute to the piano as an instrument. The first movement is bathed in a golden sound, with an ethereal cantilena pervading the entire Andante that follows. This movement is nearly eighteen minutes long, and yet Biret’s serenity carries one along. Of all the music on records it is the storm that is the most Lisztian, the massive effects creating a spine-chilling climax…The piano tone throughout is sumptuous.” Gramophone
“The unfolding of the finale theme in the 9th Symphony before the baritone entry is daringly slow and Fürtwanglerian. Indeed her speeds are often measured. Yet it works. Biret clearly loves the sustaining powers of the instrument…She never resorts to routine and it seems to me very much playing in the Kempff-Beethoven mould. I was captivated by these realizations.”Hi-Fi News

Disc 1

Liszt, Franz

  Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 in F Major, S464/R128, "Pastoral"
1.   I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings Upon Arrival in the Country: Allegro ma non troppo 00:12:30
2.   II. Scene by the Brook: Andante molto mosso 00:17:54
3.   III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Allegro 00:06:51
4.   IV. Thunderstorm: Allegro 00:03:48
5.   V. Shepherd's Song: Happy and Thankful Feelings after the Storm: Allegretto 00:10:02
  Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, S464/R128, "Choral"
6.   I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso 00:19:34

Disc 2

Liszt, Franz

  Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, S464/R128, "Choral"
1.   II. Molto vivace 00:12:55
2.   III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato 00:19:08
3.   IV. Finale: Presto 00:31:58

Total Playing Time: 02:14:40

Liszt, Franz

Biret, Idil

Label: Idil Biret Archive

Genre: Instrumental

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.571264-65

Barcode: 747313126477

Boxset: 8.506027; 8.501901

Physical Release: 09/2009

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