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“Biret grasps the size of Beethoven’s style. The polyphony is laid out in a relaxed way with little indulgence in point making. She keeps the big line and yet is thankfully sparing in her use of fortissimos. The piano tone is sumptuous. Biret’s gentle and almost sensuous sonorities are really captivating. One is reminded that her mentor has been Wilhelm Kempff.” Gramophone
“Idil Biret gives an impressive performance. A supreme mastery of tempi, sonorities, polyphony and technique permits Biret – a disciple of Alfred Cortot – to embrace all the moods of Beethoven and gives her playing a symphonic depth rarely heard until now.” Le Nouvel Observateur
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
I. Molto allegro
II. Largo con gran espressione
IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique"
I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90
I. Con vivacita e sempre con sentimento ed espressione
II. Non troppo vivace e cantabile assai
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