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Since this thread has been resurrected (and, frankly, it's more interesting than a lot of other current threads ), I'll report that, even though I am a firm believer in the Gospel according to Glenn Gould, I've been recently returning, again and again, to a Bach pianist on the other end of the spectrum: Andras Schiff. The ornaments are flutterily beautiful.
Beethoven op.110, Chopin op.27/2, Liszt Vallée d'Obermann
Gould's E minor Toccata literally stopped me in my tracks when I heard it on the radio once. Bach's non-organ toccatas, with a few exceptions (perhaps D major and C minor) are woefully neglected.
I like what little Bach Argerich plays as well!
Agreed. I have often wondered what she would do with the Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue.
Speaking of which, I once heard Brendel's recording of the CF&F. I realize he is very controversial to some -and I am not an unconditional admirer- but his recording brought out that joie de vivre, an aspect of Bach which so often lurks just under the surface.
My all time Bach interpreter is Sviatoslav Richter. Of the current pianists then Perahia and Sciff. The latter's teaching principles are so engaging and his explanations of the development of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas earlier denoted on this forum is a must hear podcast for every serious pianist. He is the most intelligent pianist i have heard.