Idil Biret Archive Edition Volume 14 - Prokofiev & Bartók

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Idil Biret Archive Edition Volume 14 - Prokofiev & Bartók



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Idil Biret Archive Edition Volume 14 - Prokofiev & Bartók


Romanian Folk Dances for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68

Piano Suite, BB 70, Sz. 62, Op. 14

Allegro barbaro, BB 63, Sz. 49

Mikrokosmos Book VI: Nos. 148-153, Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm


Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

Idil Biret (piano)



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“All the works [on this LP] require a pianist of true class, because each of them presents challenges demanding something quite different from traditional technique. It has to be said that the young Idil Biret exceeds all expectations. This Turkish artist appeared in Brussels (1959) at the tender age of eighteen. Her virtuosity is astonishing, encompassing clarity, rhythmical rigour, precision and strength or delicacy, as required. She can play at great speed and maintain runs of impeccable luminosity. Her flexible touch conjures a thousand surprising effects; some notes and chords explode like whip-cracks, while others caress the keys, and there is an extraordinary purity to her polyphonic playing. In the hands of an artist of such superior qualities, the very particular characteristics of both Bartók's and Prokofiev’s piano writing are brought out to the full. Taking into account her passionate vitality and lively musical intelligence as well, I believe her talent offers more than enough to be met not simply with satisfaction but with genuine enthusiasm.”

- Review of original LP release on Vega Records, 1961

Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

I. Allegro inquieto - Poco meno - Andantino

II. Andante caloroso - Poco piu animato - Piu largamente - Un poco agitato

III. Precipitato

Bela Bartok: Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68

No. 1. Bot-tanc (Stick Dance)

No. 2. Braul (Belt Dance)

No. 3. Topogo (In One Spot)

No. 4. Bucsumi tanc (Bucsumi Dance)

No. 5. Roman polka (Romanian Polka)

No. 6. Aprozo (Quick Dance)

Bela Bartok: Suite, Op. 14, BB 70

I. Allegretto

II. Scherzo

III. Allegro molto

IV. Sostenuto

Bela Bartok: Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 6

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 6: Nos. 148-153. 6 Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm

Bela Bartok: Allegro barbaro, BB 63

Allegro barbaro, BB 63

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