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#1722820 - 07/29/11 03:37 AM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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Hoffmann
Liszt
Cziffra
Richter
Sokolov
Alkan
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#1722822 - 07/29/11 03:45 AM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: wuxia]
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Beethoven
Beethoven
Beethoven
Beethoven
Beethoven
Beethoven
Beethoven
Beethoven
Beethoven
Glenn Gould

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#1722831 - 07/29/11 04:31 AM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: Ridicolosamente]
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Originally Posted By: Ridicolosamente
Originally Posted By: Mark_C
Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
....Richard Goode is very excellent with Mozart, right?

....and especially with Beethoven.
I of course own Goode's Beethoven sonata cycle, and while excellent, I do find it ever-so-slightly "dry." I haven't heard him live, but like Brendel whom I admire (who I also haven't heard in person, unfortunately,) I find there's a slight midi/robotic-like quality in their recordings at times. I'll be the first to blame the engineers and not the pianist. I'm convinced they are currently among the greatest Classical era interpreters.

-Daneil


To support your thought - although I had some recordings (and thought they were respectable but rather dull), I had really had no idea of what Brendel was doing with Beethoven until I heard him live, and then I finally understood what the fuss was about. It was some of the most amazing music-making I ever expect to hear. But hearing him live was not guaranteed bliss for everyone - I know of other people who heard him live and just couldn't sync up with what he was doing.

I've heard Goode live too, and the playing was, for the most part, several notches more involving than his recordings. But I will say, it did seem to get a bit facile here and there. Still, definitely worth the price of admission.

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#1722837 - 07/29/11 05:10 AM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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Of the living pianists I have not yet heard live, here is a random list of ten I would bother to cross the street to go hear:

Eliso Virsaladze
Anne Queffelec
Nelson Freire
Anton Nel
Jeremy Denk
Dezső Ránki
Enrico Pace
Matti Raekallio
Michele Campanella
Mirian Conti

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#1722842 - 07/29/11 05:37 AM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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I'm in the fortunate position of having seen & heard live almost all the pianists whose playing I admire (including a few no longer with us, like Michelangeli). But to list those still living whom I'll always have time for, in no particular order:

Mikhail Pletnev
Yuja Wang (next year!)
Andrei Gavrilov
Ivo Pogorelich
Maurizio Pollini
Arcadi Volodos
Denis Matsuev
Lang Lang
Krystian Zimerman
Marc-André Hamelin
Grigory Sokolov

Oops! Is that 11? grin

Of the pianists who lived during my lifetime but who I never got to hear live, only Sviatoslav Richter, John Ogdon, Vladimir Horowitz and Earl Wild would have been on my list.
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#1722942 - 07/29/11 10:41 AM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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Since I hadn't paid attention to Sokolov's recording, I went and looked. I AM BLOWN AWAY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UJsAN5FNBM&feature=related Probably the best performance of this work that I've heard on youtube. Amazing stuff! I can now see why people want to see Sokolov live. laugh
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#1722951 - 07/29/11 10:54 AM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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Time machine:
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Liszt
Liszt
Liszt
Liszt
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#1723073 - 07/29/11 02:20 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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#1723074 - 07/29/11 02:22 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: BadOrange]
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open bar

I think the post might benefit from elucidation. grin
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#1723164 - 07/29/11 04:47 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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If i had a time machine i'd most defintely traverse time to see the Liszt v Thalberg contest.
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#1723165 - 07/29/11 04:48 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: Tararex]
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Originally Posted By: Tararex
ASAP:

Argerich
Lisitsa
Kocsis
Kissin
Hamelin

Time machine:
Liszt
Liszt
Liszt
Liszt
Liszt
Beethoven
Saint-Saëns
C. Schumann
Bach
Chopin



I didn't realise there were so many different Liszts! grin
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#1723193 - 07/29/11 05:26 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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with timemachine

Mozart
Beethoven
Chopin
Liszt
Scriabin
Rachmaninoff
Horowitz
Sofronitsky
Richter
Gould

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#1723201 - 07/29/11 05:34 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: bennevis]
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Originally Posted By: bennevis
But to list those still living whom I'll always have time for, in no particular order:

Mikhail Pletnev


I thought of putting Pletnev on my list, but then I remembered that he said some time back that he wasn't going to play piano in public ever again. AFAIK, he hasn't.

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#1723210 - 07/29/11 05:49 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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Argerich
Sokolov
Zimmerman
Perahia
Lupu
Goode
Denk

wish list from past
Liszt
Beethoven
Chopin
Hofmann
Horowitz
Gilels

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#1723495 - 07/30/11 12:25 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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Sokolov and Zimerman. There was a time when Argerich was on that list, but she'd probably cancel anyway, so why bother with her...
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#1723496 - 07/30/11 12:30 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: argerichfan]
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Originally Posted By: argerichfan
Originally Posted By: chobeethaninov

Vladimir Horowitz (somebody better get working on that time machine lol)

If you can get that time machine to work, may I borrow it for:

Ferruccio Busoni
Sergei Rachmaninov
Anton Rubinstein
Eugen d'Albert
Bela Bartok
Teresa Carreño
Josef Hofmann
Karl Tausig

laugh


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#1723499 - 07/30/11 12:39 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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Bartok, Jason? Interesting!

I'd LOVE to see Rachmaninoff and Horowitz.
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#1723501 - 07/30/11 12:41 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: stores]
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Sokolov and Zimerman. There was a time when Argerich was on that list, but she'd probably cancel anyway, so why bother with her...

Welcome back.
And good "1st" post ha (or maybe it isn't 1st, I gotta look around some more.) smile
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#1723502 - 07/30/11 12:42 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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Time machine:

Liszt
Chopin
Busoni
Horowitz
Rachmaninoff
D'albert
Tausig
Rosenthal
Kapell
Lipatti
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#1723503 - 07/30/11 12:42 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: Thracozaag]
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Originally Posted By: Thracozaag
Originally Posted By: argerichfan
Originally Posted By: chobeethaninov
Vladimir Horowitz (somebody better get working on that time machine lol)
If you can get that time machine to work, may I borrow it for:

Ferruccio Busoni
Sergei Rachmaninov
Anton Rubinstein
Eugen d'Albert
Bela Bartok
Teresa Carreño
Josef Hofmann
Karl Tausig laugh
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....and welcome back to you!! Been awhile, ain't it.....
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#1723512 - 07/30/11 12:54 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: Pogorelich.]
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Originally Posted By: Pogorelich.


I'd LOVE to see Rachmaninoff and Horowitz.


I thought we were talking about active, living pianists, but those two ABSOLUTELY (believe it or not, Horowitz, more than Rach).
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#1723515 - 07/30/11 12:56 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: stores]
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Originally Posted By: stores
Originally Posted By: Pogorelich.


I'd LOVE to see Rachmaninoff and Horowitz.


I thought we were talking about active, living pianists, but those two ABSOLUTELY (believe it or not, Horowitz, more than Rach).


Yeah but I like to be creative =P
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#1723517 - 07/30/11 12:56 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: Pogorelich.]
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Originally Posted By: Pogorelich.
Originally Posted By: stores
Originally Posted By: Pogorelich.


I'd LOVE to see Rachmaninoff and Horowitz.


I thought we were talking about active, living pianists, but those two ABSOLUTELY (believe it or not, Horowitz, more than Rach).


Yeah but I like to be creative =P


Not gonna touch that =p
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#1723523 - 07/30/11 01:04 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: Mark_C]
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Originally Posted By: Mark_C

....and welcome back to you!! Been awhile, ain't it.....


Thanks--it's been a pretty busy spring/summer crazy
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#1723527 - 07/30/11 01:07 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: Thracozaag]
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Originally Posted By: Thracozaag
Originally Posted By: Mark_C

....and welcome back to you!! Been awhile, ain't it.....


Thanks--it's been a pretty busy spring/summer crazy


I'd like to see you live, too!

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#1723536 - 07/30/11 01:17 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: wr]
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Originally Posted By: bennevis
But to list those still living whom I'll always have time for, in no particular order:

Mikhail Pletnev


I thought of putting Pletnev on my list, but then I remembered that he said some time back that he wasn't going to play piano in public ever again. AFAIK, he hasn't.


Did he say why?
I remember that he changed his program some while back (could have been the last time I saw him play, a few years ago), substituting Tchaikovsky's G major Sonata for Prokofiev's 7th, because he was recovering from a finger injury. Maybe that's still causing him problems(?).

He's actually the one pianist I'd always pay to hear in recital, because he always think every note afresh (and sometimes provocatively), and never takes anything for granted - the most memorable recital I'd ever been to was by him, when he played Mussorgsky's Pictures (in his own version), and gave three encores, including Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No.1. I don't know of any other living pianist who would play that as one of his encores (on another occasion, Islamey was the 4th encore, after an already long program....he repeated that in Carnegie Hall too).
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#1723558 - 07/30/11 01:54 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: nola]
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For me the top ones would definetely be the composer-pianists playing their own works: Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin etc. I'd lose a testicle to witness that.

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#1723560 - 07/30/11 02:01 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: babama]
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....I'd lose a testicle to witness that.

C'mon. grin
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#1723563 - 07/30/11 02:04 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: Mark_C]
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Originally Posted By: Mark_C
Originally Posted By: babama
....I'd lose a testicle to witness that.

C'mon. grin



I think I'd draw the line at lopping off body parts. No one is worth that! smile
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#1723568 - 07/30/11 02:18 PM Re: List the top 10 pianists you'd like to see in recital [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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Well, I'm not certain about gas mileage on time machines. At least 5 Liszt recitals at various points in his lifetime would be necessary before climbing back in for the others. wink
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