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Infodad.com, January 2014

Biret is sensitive to the nuances of all the pieces and lets them flow naturally through their different moods, producing a wholly satisfying, suitably atmospheric performance that shows yet again just how thoroughly in tune she is with Schumann’s piano music. © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review



Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, January 2014

Idil Biret Solo Edition 7: Robert Schumann…is an all-piano presentation of four works by the legendary composer Biret…This is the latest entry in one of the more popular, successful classical music album series…it is very thorough, well rounded and well done. I can understand the success. © 2014 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2013

In highly affectionate performances, Idil Biret brings together some of Schumann’s most popular works for solo piano in one packed and beautifully recorded disc. At almost eighty minutes it is a tight squeeze, the gap between works reduced to a minimum, though nowhere does such constraints encourage Biret to hurry her performances. Indeed quite the opposite applies, with the ending to Papillons lovingly elongated. She does not seek to send blood racing around the veins in Carnaval, but in the work’s more relaxed moments she explores the inherent beauty, and is never guilty of making the fast musical pictures into virtuoso showpieces, as is often the case on disc. There is much fun and humour at the appropriate moments, with tenderness in the picture of Chopin, charm in Pantalon et Colombine, and a whirlwind central section to Paganini thatis suitably brilliant. The Arabeske lowers the temperature of the disc, with a particularly glowing account of the retrospective coda. The recording quality is kindly disposed to Biret’s piano that sings with eloquence. © 2013 David’s Review Corner





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