Turkish Pianist Idil Biret Plays Brahms

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Turkish Pianist Idil Biret Plays Brahms

Post by maestrob » Sat Apr 24, 2021 10:32 am

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Pianist Idil Biret began her recording career soon after the end of WWII, but has not risen to the prominence that she undoubtedly deserves, much like Guiomar Novaes. I first became aware of Biret's remarkable artistry about 35 years ago from two budget label (Priceless) releases of Schubert and Wagner transcriptions by Liszt. Her easy technical mastery of these difficult recitals coupled with an open and warm sound sold me immediately on her as a quality artist, and I have collected many of her Naxos recordings since. She just released Volume 20 in her Beethoven cycle for Naxos last year. The 16CD box pictured above has recently become available, and based on the high quality of her other releases, I plan of buying it.

Is anyone else here a fan of Idil Biret?

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Re: Turkish Pianist Idil Biret Plays Brahms

Post by Lance » Sat Apr 24, 2021 8:19 pm

Yes, a great admirer of Idil Biret. Have three of those Price-Less CDs (Schubert, Wagner, Ravel), a Danacord, an IBA, EMI/IBA, a Marco Polo, and a number of her Naxos releases. I never got "everything," as I would with other pianists, but acquired those that were of major interest to me.
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Re: Turkish Pianist Idil Biret Plays Brahms

Post by barney » Sun Apr 25, 2021 7:35 am

I heard her live in 1984: Beethoven sonatas 7 and 32, Debussy Images, Book 1, Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli. I have several CDs. Wonderful pianist.

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