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Idil Biret

Turkish pianist Idil Biret is a fixture of the Naxos catalog and its completist enterprises, having recorded the collected piano works of Chopin and Brahms for the label. Between 1994 and 2008, she recorded a cycle of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas for her own IBA (Idil Biret Archives) label. She has appeared with most of the world's major orchestras and presented recitals in many countries, with a notable high point being a complete performance of Liszt's brutally difficult transcriptions of Beethoven's nine symphonies at the 1986 Montpellier Festival in France. Studio performances of those transcriptions were recorded for EMI and released on the IBA label. Biret was, in short, one of the world's top-rank pianists, not a star whose name was familiar even to casual listeners, but a versatile performer whose capabilities were well known to enthusiasts.

Born November 21, 1941, in Ankara, Turkey, Biret was a classic child prodigy. Turks called her the Turkish Mozart, and when she was eight the financially strapped Turkish Parliament voted a special appropriation to make possible her musical education in Europe. Hypersensitive to music as a baby, she gained the ability to hear a tune and reproduce it on the piano when she was only two. She had an uncanny ability to learn music in her mind without practicing it at the keyboard, delivering it perfectly formed to the amazement of onlookers. Biret's first teacher in France was the famed pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, under whose tutelage she blazed through the curriculum at the Paris Conservatory. She took three first prizes there at 15 and began her professional career the following year. Biret later studied with German pianist Wilhelm Kempff, who called her his favorite disciple.

One major event of her early career was a series of concerts she gave in Moscow in 1960, organized by Russian pianist Emil Gilels. She would go on to play over 100 concerts in Russia. In 1963 Biret made her U.S. debut with the Boston Symphony in Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3, a trademark work in her repertoire. However, in addition to her Chopin and Brahms cycles, Biret was known for performing and recording contemporary music. She recorded extremely adventurous music for composer Ilhan Mimaroglu's label Finnadar in the 1970s, and her 1995 Naxos disc of Pierre Boulez's three sonatas won France's Golden Diapason award.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Chopin Favourites 1

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Track List: Rachmaninov: Morceaux de salon, Op. 10; Three Nocturnes; Four Pieces

Title: Nocturnes (3) For Piano, TN Ii/13

1. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, TN Ii/13: I. Andante Cantabile In F Sharp Minor

2. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, TN Ii/13: II. Andante Maestoso - Allegro Assai In F Minor

3. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, TN Ii/13: III. Andante In C Minor

Title: Pieces (4) For Piano, TN Ii/12

4. Pieces (4) For Piano, TN Ii/12: I. Romance In F Sharp Minor

5. Pieces (4) For Piano, TN Ii/12: II. Prelude In E Flat Minor

6. Pieces (4) For Piano, TN Ii/12: III. Melodie In E Major

7. Pieces (4) For Piano, TN Ii/12: IV. Gavotte In D Major

Title: Morceaux De Salon, For Piano, Op. 10

8. Morceaux De Salon, For Piano, Op. 10: Nocturne In A Minor

9. Morceaux De Salon, For Piano, Op. 10: Valse In A Major

10. Morceaux De Salon, For Piano, Op. 10: Barcarolle In G Minor

11. Morceaux De Salon, For Piano, Op. 10: Melodie In E Minor

12. Morceaux De Salon, For Piano, Op. 10: Humoresque In G Major

13. Morceaux De Salon, For Piano, Op. 10: Romance In F Minor

14. Morceaux De Salon, For Piano, Op. 10: Mazurka In D Flat Major

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Track List: Chopin: Piano Favourites

Title: Fantasy-impromptu For Piano In C Sharp Minor, Op. 66, Ct. 46

1. Fantasy-impromptu For Piano In C Sharp Minor, Op. 66, Ct. 46: Fantasy-Impromptu For Piano In C-sharp Minor, Op. 66, CT. 46

Title: Mazurkas (5) For Piano, Op. 7, Ct. 55-59

2. Mazurkas (5) For Piano, Op. 7, Ct. 55-59: I. Mazurka No. 5 in B Flat Major, Op. 7, CT. 55

Title: Mazurkas (4) For Piano, Op. 33, Ct. 72-75

3. Mazurkas (4) For Piano, Op. 33, Ct. 72-75: II. Mazurka No. 23 in D Major

Title: Mazurkas (3) For Piano, Op. 63, Ct. 89-91

4. Mazurkas (3) For Piano, Op. 63, Ct. 89-91: III. Mazurka No. 41 in C-Sharp Minor

Title: Ballade For Piano No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 23, Ct. 2

5. Ballade For Piano No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 23, Ct. 2: Ballade For Piano No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 23

Title: Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189

6. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: IV. In E Minor, CT. 169

7. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XV. In D-flat Major ("Raindrop"), CT. 180

8. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XVII. In A-flat Major, CT. 182

9. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XX. In C Minor, CT. 185

Title: Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35, Ct. 202

10. Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35, Ct. 202: III. March Funebre

Title: Polonaises (2) For Piano, Op. 40, Ct. 152-153

11. Polonaises (2) For Piano, Op. 40, Ct. 152-153: I. Polonaise in A Major ("Military"), Op 40, CT. 152

Title: Polonaise For Piano No. 6 In A Flat Major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, Ct. 155

12. Polonaise For Piano No. 6 In A Flat Major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, Ct. 155: Polonaise No. 6 in A Flat Major ("Héroique"), Op 53, CT. 155

Title: Berceuse For Piano In D Flat Major, Op. 57, Ct. 7

13. Berceuse For Piano In D Flat Major, Op. 57, Ct. 7: Berceuse for Piano in D Flat Major, Op. 57, CT. 7

Title: Scherzo For Piano No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 31, Ct. 198

14. Scherzo For Piano No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 31, Ct. 198: Scherzo for Piano No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 31, Ct. 198

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Track List: Brahms: 51 Exercises, WoO 6

Title: Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6

1. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 1a

2. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 1b

3. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 1c

4. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 1d

5. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 1e

6. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 1f

7. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 2a

8. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 2b

9. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 3

10. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 4

11. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 5

12. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 5a

13. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 6

14. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 6a

15. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 7

16. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 7a

17. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 7b

18. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 8

19. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 8b

20. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 9a

21. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 9b

22. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 10

23. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 11a

24. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 11b

25. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 12

26. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 13

27. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 14

28. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 15

29. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 16a

30. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 16b

31. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 16c

32. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 17

33. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 18a

34. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 18b

35. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 19

36. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 20

37. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 21a

38. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 21b

39. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 22

40. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 23a

41. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 23b

42. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 23c

43. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 24a

44. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 24b

45. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 25a

46. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 25b

47. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 25c

48. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 26a

49. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 26b

50. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 26c

51. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 27

52. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 28

53. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 29

54. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 30

55. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 31a

56. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 31b

57. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 32a

58. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 32b

59. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 33a

60. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 33b

61. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 34a

62. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 34b

63. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 34c

64. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 35

65. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 36

66. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 37a

67. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 37b

68. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 38

69. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 39

70. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 40a

71. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 40b

72. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 41a

73. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 41b

74. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 42a

75. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 42b

76. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 43a

77. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 43b

78. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 44a

79. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 44b

80. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 45

81. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 46a

82. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 46b

83. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 47

84. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 48

85. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 49a

86. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 49b

87. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 50

88. Excercies (51) For Piano, WoO 6: No. 51

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Track List: Boulez: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3

Title: Piano Sonata No. 1

1. Piano Sonata No. 1: I. Lent

2. Piano Sonata No. 1: II. Assez Large

Title: Piano Sonata No. 2

3. Piano Sonata No. 2: I. Extrêmement Rapide

4. Piano Sonata No. 2: II. Lent

5. Piano Sonata No. 2: III. Modéré, Presque Vif

6. Piano Sonata No. 2: IV. Vif - Tres Modere... Tres Librement...

Title: Piano Sonata No. 3

7. Piano Sonata No. 3: I. Glose

8. Piano Sonata No. 3: II. Texte

9. Piano Sonata No. 3: III. Parenthese

10. Piano Sonata No. 3: IV. Commentaire

11. Piano Sonata No. 3: V. Constellation - Miroir

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