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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. © 2012 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2012

Recorded in 1972, this is one of most desirable of Idil Biret’s archive reissues, the sound quality quite outstanding for that era. She has just turned thirty at the time of recording and was acknowledged as a fine exponent of the Romantic era, her Rachmaninov being critically acclaimed. Moments musicaux are perfectly balanced through their changing moods, the third, Andante cantabile, usually the sticking-point with its invitation to linger. Biret avoids that, and elsewhere her mercurial fingers dance through the music, the fourth movement Presto immaculately delineated, its central section nicely integrated, while the final Maestoso does not get overblown. I have never felt it was one of the composer’s most successful scores, a point accentuated by the more abundant ideas of the Variations on a theme of Corelli. Its curious lack of a barnstorming conclusion keeping it rather on the fringe of the standard recital repertoire. 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. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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