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RAVEL, M.: Gaspard de la nuit / STRAVINSKY, I.: 3 Movements from Petrushka (Biret Archive Edition, Vol. 1)



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RAVEL, M.: Gaspard de la nuit / STRAVINSKY, I.: 3 Movements from Petrushka (Biret Archive Edition, Vol. 1)

“Igor Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Pétrouchka is a musically challenging and unusually difficult score which has to intimidate any pianist in his right mind. Every few years the stereo LP era has engendered a performance of this blockbuster, each deficient in some important aspect…Thanks to Idil Biret, all of these recordings are obsolete. I cannot do enough justice to her command of the music and its technical hurdles, nor to the effect of hearing Stravinsky’s arrangement played with such comprehensive mastery…This performance is not only the highlight of the disc; it is one of the landmarks of recorded music and belongs on anyone’s list of Great Recordings.”Fanfare Magazine – USA 1977
“Gaspard de la nuit, one of the great landmarks of early 20th Century music, is wonderfully revealed in Idil Biret’s visionary performance on Finnadar…The Pétrouchka scenes are the high-water mark of pianism in Stravinsky’s work, and they are brilliantly played here in a performance that rivals the drama and color of the orchestra original.”Stereo Review – USA 1977
“Talent is what Idil Biret has in prodigious measure. The Turkish pianist made that clear from the start in her recital at Alice Tully Hall…In Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit the pianist had mastered the delicate spray of notes in Ondine, the grim mood of Le Gibet with its interminable oppressive B flats, and the skittering brilliance of Scarbo.”New York Times – USA 1973

Ravel, Maurice

  Serenade grotesque
1.   Play with flash player Serenade grotesque 00:03:23
  Gaspard de la nuit
2.   Play with flash player I. Ondine 00:07:37
3.   Play with flash player II. Le gibet 00:09:20
4.   Play with flash player III. Scarbo 00:09:07

Stravinsky, Igor

  Les 5 doigts
5.   Play with flash player Les 5 doigts 00:07:38
  Valse pour les enfants
6.   Play with flash player Valse pour les enfants 00:01:07
  3 Movements from Petrushka
7.   Play with flash player No. 1. Danse russe 00:02:46
8.   Play with flash player No. 2. Chez Petrouchka 00:04:30
9.   Play with flash player No. 3. La semaine grasse 00:09:08

Total Playing Time: 00:54:36

Ravel, Maurice; Stravinsky, Igor

Biret, Idil

Label: Idil Biret Archive

Genre: Instrumental

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.571274

Barcode: 747313127474

Boxset: 8.501402

Release Date: 01/2010

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