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“Idil Biret’s new Liszt album prompts a reappraisal of her extraordinary talent… In her Liszt Sonata… you will hear playing of a formidable power and assurance… There is no mistaking her lightning refl exes in the second of the Paganini Etudes and her vivo in the imitation sautillé bowing of No. 4 would make even Heifetz envious. Biret’s brilliant, iron-clad Steinway is well recorded and… in her Liszt, there is stunning profi ciency and a forbidding manner very much her own.” Gramophone, 2011
Franz Liszt: Etude en douze exercices, S136/R1
No. 1. Allegro con fuoco
No. 2. Allegro non molto
No. 3. Allegro sempre legato
No. 4. Allegretto
No. 5. Moderato
No. 6. Molto agitato
No. 7. Allegretto con molta espressione
No. 8. Allegro con spirito
No. 9. Allegro grazioso
No. 10. Moderato
No. 11. Allegro grazioso
No. 12. Allegro non troppo
Franz Liszt: 3 Etudes de concert, S144/R5
No. 1 in A flat major, "Il Lamento"
No. 2 in F minor, "La Leggierezza"
No. 3 in D flat major, "Un Sospiro"
Franz Liszt: 2 Concert Etudes, S145/R6
No. 2. Gnomenreigen (Dance of the Gnomes)
No. 1. Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs)
Franz Liszt: Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert, S434/R267
Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert, S434/R267
Franz Liszt: Wagner - Tannhauser: Overture, S442/R275
Wagner - Tannhauser: Overture, S442/R275
“Biret sweeps through the set [of Etudes] with unfaltering assurance and in No. 9, the prototype for 'La ricordanza'...she is as affectionate as she is dextrous. Elsewhere there are suspicions of a 'play the notes and the rest will look after itself' philosophy...Biret rides [Il Lamento's] storms with an thunder-and-lightening virtuosity.”
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