Idil Biret - The Best of Turkish Piano

ADNAN SAYGUN (1907-1991): Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 34, 6 selects from 12 Preludes on Aksak Rhythms, ÇETIN ISIKÖZLÜ (b.1939): Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15, Ballade, Op. 11, MUAMMER SUN (1932-2021): Country Colours from Book II of 3 Pieces for Piano, ULVI CEMAL ERKIN (1906-1972): Piano Concerto, Piano Sonata, NEVİT KODALLI (1924-2009): Ostinato - 5 Pieces for Children, İLHAN USMANBAŞ (b.1921): 6 Preludes, İLHAN MIMAROĞLU (1926-2012): Session, CEMAL REŞIT REY (1904-1985): Variations on an Istanbul Folksong “Kâtibim”, ATEŞ PARŞ (b.1942): Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 64, Viola Sonata, Op. 57, ERTUĞRUL OĞUZ FIRAT (1923-2014): 6 Movements for Piano, Op. 86, A Tribute to Franz Liszt, Op. 77, FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886): Grand March for Sultan Abdülmecid (Paraphrase on a March by G. Donizetti), S 403.

Catalogue Number: 08X052

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.504058

Format: CD

Price: $29.98

Description: Recordings, live and studio from 1858-2021 with no actual dates or venues in the 20-page booklet which otherwise is stuffed with information about Turkish music and the composers represented here. Also interesting material on Biret, especially that she was blacklisted by all major European record labels and booking agents back in the mid-1990s when she began making her dozens of standard rep recordings for Naxos. Why? Because they were budget-price! (I remember that, around the same time during my days in the U.S. classical distribution business, hearing that one record executive, upon learning that cellist Rafael Wallfisch had recorded some standard rep for Naxos, swore that Wallfisch would never record again for his label). 4 CDs. Idil Biret (piano), no mention of orchestras and conductors (or the violist in the Parş viola sonata).

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