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#402695 - 11/11/07 07:16 PM Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music? Past or present? Performer, conductor, composer, whatever your choice? Leonard Bernstein has my vote as ever. Sandy B


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#402696 - 11/11/07 07:56 PM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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Daniel Barenboim.

Exceptionally gifted pianist/conductor/teacher, a talented communicator and a man of great courage and humanity. His recordings/performances are rarely amongst my all-time favourites, but the his overall integrity and commitment shines through whatever he does and therefore get my 'admiration in the huge world of music' vote, though not necessarily my preference for 'best performer' if that makes sense.

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#402698 - 11/11/07 08:20 PM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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I'm not trying to be sappy, but this is true.

My two previous teachers. I'll be you've probably never heard of them, but without them I wouldn't be near where I am today. They have given me the greatest gift I've ever received - The gift of music!


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#402699 - 11/11/07 08:32 PM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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For performers, there are many that I admire in various genre of music. However, there is one non performer that I admire very much.
Philip Gossett. His behind the scene contribution is enormous and his vast knowledge and intimate involvement in Italian opera is incredible. Next month the answer might be different smile but I am currently reading his book Divas and Scholars which is probably the best book I read this year smile
I wish I know about him sooner since I did my undergraduate study where he teaches.Too bad.... that could have been quite an experience.

#402700 - 11/11/07 09:31 PM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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For composer of piano music I'd go with Chopin, his melodies just hit me like a ton of bricks (in a good way, of course)


well I'm 20 years old, and I'm teaching myself piano.
#402701 - 11/11/07 09:35 PM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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Maurizio, Claudio, Birgit Nilsson (greatest woman who ever lived), Jerry Lee Lewis...

#402702 - 11/11/07 10:01 PM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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Argerich, because she opened up a whole new world of music to me through her recordings. And because her playing always amazes me and keeps me motivated.


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I'm not trying to be sappy, but this is true.

My two previous teachers. I'll be you've probably never heard of them, but without them I wouldn't be near where I am today. They have given me the greatest gift I've ever received - The gift of music!
I am in the same boat as you. I would not be where I am. Nor would I have the love of music I have today without my previous piano teachers.

#402704 - 11/11/07 10:10 PM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Beethoven


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#402705 - 11/11/07 11:36 PM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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Tie between Liszt and Rachmaninoff.

And then there's my current teacher, Thomas Schumacher.


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#402706 - 11/12/07 12:13 AM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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Yehudi Menuhin.

#402707 - 11/12/07 12:35 AM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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Maurizio, Claudio, Birgit Nilsson (greatest woman who ever lived), Jerry Lee Lewis...
Are you refering to either of these two great musical Claudios of the 20th Century? Claudio Arrau? Claudio Abbado? Which one, Auntie Lynn? Or is there another you have in mind?

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#402708 - 11/12/07 12:37 AM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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Originally posted by Auntie Lynn:
Birgit Nilsson (greatest woman who ever lived)
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Otherwise:

Martha Argerich (with a nod to Rach.3Freak105)
Grace Slick (my mum introduced me to her recordings)
Fats Waller (amazing, just amazing...)
Cesar Franck (the ultimate depths of post-Bach organ music)
Sir Edward Elgar (he put England back on the musical map)

And finally above all, and uncontested in my world:

Franz Liszt


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#402709 - 11/12/07 12:42 AM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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Claudio Arrau? Claudio Abbado? Which one, Auntie Lynn?
I suspect she means Claudio Arrau. A very hard case could be made for Abbado.

I wish I had the tinniest fraction of Abbado's talent, but he's no Arrau. (IMHO, of course.)


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#402710 - 11/12/07 12:45 AM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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glenn gould
dmitri shostakovich
igor stravinsky
thom yorke

not necessarily in that order

#402711 - 11/12/07 08:03 AM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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Another day my answer might be different, but since you asked me today.....

Yesterday I went to a concert in a local church with my country's most famous violinist (since Ole Bull) : Arve Tellefsen.

I admire him not only because of his eminent playing, but even more because he in his (over 50 year)long musical career has travelled by bus and train and boat to the small communities in Norway to bring us the music of the great masters - never any snobbery or manners, just a very humble approach, a good sense of humour, and the very best of music.
It takes a great personality to choose to do this in between keeping an international career.

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Above all Johann Sebastian Bach,
"for the glory of God and refreshment of the human spirit"

And there is of course Franz Liszt.

.. and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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For composers, Chopin, Puccini, Handel and Beethoven. For performers, Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Horowitz, Arthur Rubenstein, Claudio Arrau.


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put him top of my list, please.

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I should add Horowitz and Anton Rubinstein.


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"Whom."

But, on topic:
Bach, Brahms.

As pianists: Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Horowitz.

Zimerman deserves special mention.


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#402718 - 11/12/07 06:53 PM Re: Who do you admire the most in the huge world of music?  
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Wilhelm Furtwängler & Annie Fischer.

Beethoven & Wagner.

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his melodies just hit me like a ton of bricks (in a good way, of course)
I'm not sure there is ever a good way to be hit with bricks.


For me...it's probably Mozart and Clementi. I'm a sonata kinda guy.

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I'd say Beethoven. I'm a sonata kinda guy.
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Liszt seemed like a real good man though.


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Beethoven & Wagner.

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I am not in the business of quoting famous names that I never knew personally. I admire their output (mostly) but I do not admire them as people because I don't know them that way and I have nothing to prove by choosing the popular answers.

I admire Yo-Yo Ma. A musician with exceptional ability and skill, but also a down-to-earth, personable, and likable human being. He plays some of the most beautiful and complex music out there, but his attitude proves that he enjoys the music, and not any false sense of sophistication - that is what I truly admire. I have met him and spoken with him and he seems like a genuinely good person.


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I am not in the business of quoting famous names that I never knew personally. I admire their output (mostly) but I do not admire them as people because I don't know them that way and I have nothing to prove by choosing the popular answers.

I admire Yo-Yo Ma. A musician with exceptional ability and skill, but also a down-to-earth, personable, and likable human being. He plays some of the most beautiful and complex music out there, but his attitude proves that he enjoys the music, and not any false sense of sophistication - that is what I truly admire. I have met him and spoken with him and he seems like a genuinely good person.
Don't you ever get the sense of knowing somebody intimately after playing their compositions? After playing a sizable portion of their music, I feel like I am closer to Bach, Liszt, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff than I am to anyone I've ever actually met.


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