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Who's Your Favorite Composer of Today? Mine's Kostia. #486284 05/31/04 07:30 AM
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Hi, Everyone:

Who are your favorite pianist/composers of today? I'm talking about pianist/composers who have solo piano cds sans all the synth'd background accompaniment-just solo piano please!

It'd be great to hear about less well known artists, too!

Please add what category the artist you like is: i.e. new age, neo-classical, jazz, blues, etc.

My favorite artist, hands down, is Kostia. Has anyone here heard of him or heard his music? I guess you would describe him as new age, but his music to me seems to border in some ways more towards classical. I think his music is more complex and emotional (to me, anyway) more than some others such as Jim Brickman. (I like Jim Brickman, too!)

Kostia, IMO, is not as well known as he should be. He has 2 cd's of his own piano compositions: "St. Petersburg Suite" and "10 Pebbles". You can hear click on the following link to hear clips from his cd's on amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...541422?v=glance&s=music&n=507846

The clips on Amazon.com of Kostia's music really don't go on along enough to demonstrate the full breadth of his talent and his compositions. But I think you'll be able to tell this is not "background music"!?

Here's the link to his other cd on amazon.com called 10 Pebbles. On the liner notes, Kostia remarks the piano he is playing on this cd is one of the best pianos he's ever had the opportunity to play. it's a Steinway and sounds breathtakingly beautiful to me.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...103-0414232-2541422?v=glance&s=music

There are a number of other pianists I like. I won't name them all, but check out Keiko Matsui! Another lesser known artist. Most of her cds are real new age-y with lots of accompaniment - nice, but I prefer solo piano. Keiko has one wonderful cd that is mostly all solo piano called (surprisingly enough) "Piano". (Link below)

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...72/sr=2-2/ref=sr_2_2/103-0414232-2541422

Who are your favorites? Who do you like? Maybe we can find some new artists we like!! And talk about what we like about each artist. smile

Jeanne W

P.S. Remember-let's try for cd's that are mostly solo piano.


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Re: Who's Your Favorite Composer of Today? Mine's Kostia. #486285 05/31/04 09:21 AM
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One of my favourites is Ludovico Einaudi. I guess you would have to catagorise him as modern. His music is simple, beautiful and engaging. I have seen him play and it was wonderful. It's also great to play, and some pieces are easy enough to sight read, and are very easy indeed to pick out by ear.

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Oh, forgot to add that his most recent CD (I think) is Echoes. You can go to: www.ludovicoeinaudi.com to find out more smile


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Re: Who's Your Favorite Composer of Today? Mine's Kostia. #486289 06/04/04 08:22 PM
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Thanks for posting. I'd never heard of these musicians before and listened to some music clips. Some pretty interesting stuff.

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Ted2:

I listened to David Thomas Roberts "Folktime Rag" cd on amazon.com (Link below for anyone who'd like to listen). Cool! Thanks for posting. smile

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http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...002-2265371-0943253?v=glance&s=music


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Re: Who's Your Favorite Composer of Today? Mine's Kostia. #486292 06/05/04 07:55 PM
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Jeanne:

There are three folios of David's music published. I think they are all still available from places such as Ragtime Express. The frightening thing is that he is still carrying around his New Orleans Streets entirely in his head. It is a wonderful work, which fortunately he has recorded on CD - still available, I think.

I have been playing and listening to David's music for a few years now and I never tire of it. He always speaks to the heart, never to the intellect or to finger dexterity. The amazing thing is that his voice is so individual and powerful yet he hardly uses any modern or complicated chords.

His Kreole, I think, is possibly the most joyous piano piece I have ever played, without exception, yet it uses only four or five simple chords.

I believe he will prove to be very special but, as I told him once over the phone, I hope to goodness full recognition comes in his lifetime.


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Trevor Pearce, but he's only written one piano piece.

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Jeanne... I've enjoyed this thread! I haven't explored all artists yet but because I truly enjoy ragtime I checked out David Thomas Roberts. Thanks for the info Ted.


I have a birthday on the horizon (yuck!) and family looking for gift suggestions. Hmmmmmm!!!!

and Jeanne I have a few Brickman arrangements by Dan Coates. If you're interested let me know & I'll make some copies for you.

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I'd have to say I like Robert Starer. I don't know a lot about his music yet, but I like what I've heard. Has anybody played his pieces? Could you tell me about anything other than Sketches in COlours Vol. 1?

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I like Lori Line, and I've no idea what you would classify her as, possibly modern. She is really great for just filler music for church offeratory, or for weddings and what not. Not too complex, but simple, and engaging. But I still prefer Beethoven.

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