Turkish pianist Idil Biret
talks to BILL NEWMAN
I first heard Idil Biret in live recital during a Winter Season from the 1990s. While reviewing her Naxos recordings of Chopin, Brahms and Rachmaninov in CD Review magazine, I set up an interview which proved very successful, and she informed me that she was about to perform at Brighton College. So I went along. From Bach arranged by Wilhelm Kempff through to Chopin's Sonata in B minor, I was thrilled beyond measure by the controlled variety of touch, the consistent, yet flexible singing tone and sustained rhythmic flexibility. Her phrasing and vibrato were so subtle that continuity of line was never in question...
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