Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Turkish pianist Idil Biret has embarked on a Beethoven cycle sonatas, concertos, and symphony transcriptions to round off her prolific recording career. There are many pleasures of a quiet kind among the results. The brash young Beethoven is said to have destroyed pianos when playing some of these early works. Biret isn't even going to break a string, but the precise articulations and motivic connections revealed in her performances are dramatic in their own way. She focuses especially in details on the left hand. Biret doesn't immediately reveal her conception of a movement's shape, and the slow movements, especially, tend to begin very circumspectly. But focus on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Turkish pianist Idil Biret has embarked on a Beethoven cycle sonatas, concertos, and symphony transcriptions to round off her prolific recording career. There are many pleasures of a quiet kind among the results. The brash young Beethoven is said to have destroyed pianos when playing some of these early works. Biret isn't even going to break a string, but the precise articulations and motivic connections revealed in her performances are dramatic in their own way. She focuses especially in details on the left hand. Biret doesn't immediately reveal her conception of a movement's shape, and the slow movements, especially, tend to begin very circumspectly. But focus on the small details, and she will draw you in. An especially good example is the slow movement of the "Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10/1," a work that is often treated as a kind of warmup for the "Pathétique Sonata" and doesn't get its due. The music begins plainly enough, but in the central section it deepens into an almost mystic repose of the sort often associated with the later works. The passage raises expectations for Biret's forthcoming performances of the late sonatas; although she has thus far grouped early sonatas with other early ones, she seems to be resisting the usual periodization. The performance of the "Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2/3," is very strong, with a fine sense of how the later parts of the first movment seem to explode with sudden invention. The "Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31/3," is very laid-back, as the lingo goes, but this is interesting in itself; Biret is finding the innovation in early Beethoven in places other than the usual ones. In any event, except for those who definitively envision the young Beethoven as loud and abrupt, this is a recording that will reward multiple hearings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313125470
  • Catalog Number: 8571254
  • Sales rank: 372,236

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Idil Biret (27:15)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    1. 1Allegro con brio
    2. 2Adagio
    3. 3Scherzo & Trio: Allegro
    4. 4Allegro assai
  2. 5–7 Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Idil Biret (18:21)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    1. 5Allegro molto e con brio
    2. 6Adagio molto
    3. 7Finale: Prestissimo
  3. 8–11 Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major ("Hunt"), Op. 31/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Idil Biret (23:22)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    1. 8Allegro
    2. 9Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
    3. 10Menuetto & Trio: Moderato e grazioso
    4. 11Presto con fuoco
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Idil Biret Primary Artist
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