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#592225 - 02/14/09 06:03 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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Originally posted by William Penafiel:
1- Ian Pace
2- Marc-Andre Hamelin
3- Vladimir Horowitz
4- Martha Argerich
5- Sviatoslav Richter
^Fair enough, no arguments. But I heard Andsnes recently... he just fried my innards. I was in awe. Of course he is a gorgeous looking man, but that sound... it is unlike anything in recent memory. And what musicianship... I shudder at the thought of it all...
Thanks for your reply. I will agree with you as well. I limited myself to the 5, but I would have indeed included Piers Lane, Stephen Hough, Geoffrey Douglas Madge, Evgeny Kissin ...

The 5 I mentioned have something *too* good about them. I've seen Hamelin, Pace, and Argerich perform live many many times, and they have almost never dissapointed. Argerich has a mastery that seems supernatural. Pace plays the supernatural, and Hamelin's technique is supernatural. Horiwitz' tone and range of dynamics in my opinion is stupendous and under my eyes only Richter grasped this concept of dynamics as good as Horowitz did; and Richter was never formally trained as a pianist!!! He was expelled twice in his 1st year at the conservatory. The man was also a genius.

Pace is 1st on that list simply because every single time I see him play he puts on a good recital, and every recital was usually 'completely' different. I hear him play 'Grand Hotel' once and the crowd went nuts for that piece. 40 minutes long seemed to go by un-noticed.

My list of 5; I consider them all masters at what they do. Just listening to Argerich's rendition of 'Gaspard de la Nuit' gives me shivers!!!

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#592226 - 02/14/09 06:06 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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And just imagine Horowitz's Scarbo!! He played during the 1932-33 season and in 1940.


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#592227 - 02/14/09 07:17 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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argerich
horowitz
rubinstein
askenazy
rachmaninoff

#592228 - 02/14/09 07:46 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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1. Martha Argerich

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#592229 - 02/14/09 08:07 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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Liszt
Gould
Pollini
Lupu

(don't know whom i should put at 5th, so give up for now)

#592230 - 02/14/09 09:55 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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Quote
Originally posted by William Penafiel:
Just listening to Argerich's rendition of 'Gaspard de la Nuit' gives me shivers!!!
Aloha, William my good mate, how to explain the Argerich phenomenon? I once asked my piano teacher about her recording of the Liszt B minor. He just shook his head and mumbled: 'she has sex with Liszt'.

I'll never forget when I was 10 or 11, cannot recall exactly. I heard this utterly dynamite recording of the Liszt Eb concerto on Radio 3. It was Argerich, and that started my love affair with this fantastic woman. Subsequently such glorious women as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Birgit Nilsson and Grace Slick came into my life. Yes, I was late to the party, but better late than never. Such riches in my life...


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#592231 - 02/15/09 04:44 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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at the moment I have to go with
Richter
Horowitz
Ashkenazy
Zimerman
Kissin
I'm still just discovering piano music, so I have to admit this is mostly based on watching/listening performances found on youtube.
They all seem to have total mastery over the music and the instrument. With these 5 pianists especially I feel there is unlimited potential. They could do justice to any piece by any composer and give it their own unique touch.

Like this one from Ashkenazy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI8KnHO2F8s&fmt=18
After the majestic ending chords I immediately realized I had just heard one the greatest things in my life ever. smile

#592232 - 02/15/09 10:52 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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horowitz
kissin
wilhelm kempff
blechacz

#592233 - 02/15/09 01:21 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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Originally posted by signa:
Liszt
Gould
Pollini
Lupu

(don't know whom i should put at 5th, so give up for now)
I don't understand why you would mention a pianist (though reportedly a complete master wink ) that no one alive today has heard play. confused


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#592234 - 02/15/09 01:43 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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1. Vladimir Horowitz
2. Arthur Rubinstein
3. Cyprien Katsaris
4. Georges Cziffra
5. Maurizio Pollini

My favorite living pianist is Cyprien Katsaris.

#592235 - 02/15/09 01:49 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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#592236 - 02/15/09 02:23 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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Not "top"(what does THAT mean?) but some favorites:
Ignaz Friedman
Benno Moiseiwitsch
Gyorgy Cziffra
Leon Fleisher
and--in the young whippersnapper category:
Vassily Primakov

#592237 - 02/15/09 10:28 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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1. Bill Evans
2. Herbie Hancock
3. Chick Corea
4. Michel Camilo
5. Jimmy Smith (B3, but close enough:))

#592238 - 02/16/09 12:51 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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4. Michel Camilo
Wow, that's interesting. Camilo has great ascending octaves in his right hand -which he struts out at every opportunity- but otherwise I'm at a loss to find anything of interest in his -admittedly- efficient piano playing.

Corea, Evans and Hancock IMHO should not be mentioned along with Camilo. That does them a disservice. Oh, and you forgot Fats Waller... wink


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#592239 - 02/16/09 03:27 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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Richter Gilels Rubinstein Argerich

#592240 - 02/16/09 03:40 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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Originally posted by liebestrauma:
No particular order, and these are just the ones that come to mind immediately:
Martha Argerich
Mikhail Pletnev
Murray Perahia
Angela Hewitt
OMGOSH YES! Pletnev - the best.... and Chopin of course.


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#592241 - 02/16/09 03:40 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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1. Larrocha
2. Rubinstein
3. Arrau
4. Sokolov
5. Richter

#592242 - 02/16/09 03:55 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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oh and I totally forgot about Alicia de Larrocha, and Helene Grimaud, and Keith Jarrett, and Earl Wild... can't fit 'em all in! And I have to confess to having a soft spot for Lang Lang - I feel the same way about Liszt's music, it's either sublimely beautiful or circus music.


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#592243 - 02/16/09 04:38 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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No Richard Kastle fans ?

#592244 - 02/16/09 05:45 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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No Richard Kastle fans ?
Seize this traitor! Clap him in irons! laugh


If there is any pianist I hate, it's that pompous jerk Richard Kastle. I'll even take LL over that galoot any day of the week.


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#592245 - 02/16/09 09:50 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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I cannot give you just 5, but I can give you 10.

All time - deceased:

Rubinstein
Horowitz
Gilels
Rachmaninov
Richter
Kempff
Sofronitsky
Bolet
Arrau
Hofmann

Still with us:

Argerich
Perahia
Pollini
Ashkenazy
Brendel
Goode
Lugansky
Sokolov
De Larrocha
Kissin

And up and coming....

Blechacz

And best of the "undiscovered"

Prats

And last but not least - the one I should be horse-whipped for forgetting in the first group above:

Michelangeli

#592246 - 02/16/09 10:24 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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This is an update to my previous list to include those pianists currently alive. These five are not in a particular order of preference.

Van Cliburn
Zoltan Kocsis
Leif Ove Andsnes
Marc-Andre Hamelin
Valentina Lisitsa (I'm captivated watching her play her 1925 Bosenforfer 275)


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#592247 - 02/17/09 04:01 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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Horowitzian
Rubinstein
Richter
Argerich
lang lang!!

#592248 - 02/17/09 10:11 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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Has anyone mentioned Ivan Moravec? No better Chopin player alive to my ears.

#592249 - 02/17/09 11:29 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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Here he is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL4ChhWLykk

i didn't know this guy ... will listen to ity when i get home

#592250 - 02/17/09 04:23 PM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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Not necessarily in this order...
Art Tatum...how many hands did he really use? Definitely more than 2.
Gould...i LIKE the humming. boo on the engineers for editing it out.
Elton John...great glasses, too.
Brendel...the 'Sean Kelley' of piano
Horowitz...Vlad the fingerer


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#592251 - 02/20/09 09:00 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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Angela Hewitt
Emmanuel Ax
Idil Biret(specialized in Chopin)
Murray Perahia
William Joseph

The Others who I love to listen: Lang Lang, Pletnev, Kissin, Volga Kern, Gabriela Montero.

#592252 - 02/21/09 11:13 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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No way I could put them in order, but they are

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Vladimir Horowitz
Valentina Lisitsa
Martha Argerich
Louis Lortie

#592253 - 02/21/09 11:45 AM Re: Your Top 5 Pianists!  
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1) W.A.Mozart
2) L.V Beethoven
3) Elena Mouzalas
4) Chopin
5) Bach


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Horowitzian
Rubinstein
Richter
Argerich
lang lang!!
laugh


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