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#1767489 10/09/11 06:20 PM
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Thought I'd just dedicate this thread to our beloved Evgeny. I still can never forget when I met him, which was exactly one year ago!! I was fortunate enough to greet him happy birthday and shake his hand!


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Lucky you! With Martha Argerich passing into the history books as the greatest pianist of the late 20th century, the field is ripe for Kissin. He is incredible, though IMO not quite the match of Leif Ove Andsnes.

I have seen Kissin a number of times- WOW- what dizzying encores!- but I have always found an Andsnes recital to be more satisfying.


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Darn it! wink I wanted to post this thread and was waiting for tomorrow to do it (his birthday's the 10th)! I am a HUGE Kissin fan. I love his Liszt Sonata and listen to his 1998 Tokyo recital often. What genius!!!

EDIT: oops, I forgot! You're in London and I'm in the USA so there's a big time difference... I guess today is the 10th for you?

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Originally Posted by argerichfan
Lucky you! With Martha Argerich passing into the history books as the greatest pianist of the late 20th century, the field is ripe for Kissin. He is incredible, though IMO not quite the match of Leif Ove Andsnes.

I have seen Kissin a number of times- WOW- what dizzying encores!- but I have always found an Andsnes recital to be more satisfying.


If you had said "one of the greatest," I'd agree with you. But I strongly disagree that Argerich is the greatest pianist of the late 20th century and wish that you -- and others -- would qualify such strong statements as opinions.

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Originally Posted by cast12

If you had said "one of the greatest," I'd agree with you. But I strongly disagree that Argerich is the greatest pianist of the late 20th century and wish that you -- and others -- would qualify such strong statements as opinions.

So then, IMO!

Okay? wink


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Originally Posted by argerichfan
With Martha Argerich passing into the history books as the greatest pianist of the late 20th century...


Which history book would that be? I, for one, disagree.



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Richter died in the late 20th century - so that rules everyone else out!!!!

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Originally Posted by chobeethaninov
EDIT: oops, I forgot! You're in London and I'm in the USA so there's a big time difference... I guess today is the 10th for you?


That is correct smile


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Originally Posted by izaldu
Richter died in the late 20th century - so that rules everyone else out!!!!


Apart from Rachmaninoff... smile

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I've seen him 6-8 times at Carnegie Hall in recitals but not in the last decade or so. I thought all those performances were sensational.

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Originally Posted by izaldu
Richter died in the late 20th century - so that rules everyone else out!!!!


Apart from Rachmaninoff... smile


Rachmaninoff was absolutely amazing, but he was early 20th century.

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True, OSK. Plus, and im putting my helmet on now, i don t think even Rachmaninoff (or at least the reordings left by him) can compate to Richter's. SR s repertoire, i both size and quality, is just ridiculous. And apparently he had many works in him that he never played in public.

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Originally Posted by stores
Originally Posted by argerichfan
With Martha Argerich passing into the history books as the greatest pianist of the late 20th century...
Which history book would that be? I, for one, disagree.
Well, there are those who are correct, and those who are incorrect smile

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This post diversion is very amusing! I'll throw another log on the fire by saying that the greatest pianist of the 20th century died last year, at the age of 94. Earl Wild, R.I.P.

Back to the topic at hand though. It's hard to believe that the kid that recorded both Chopin concerti at the age of 12 is now 40 years old. Here's hoping that he re-records Rachmaninov's 3rd concerto with a decent conductor (and maybe also gives us a penetrating reading of the 2nd Sonata as well)!

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