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#2125433 - 07/30/13 05:31 PM If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)...
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If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead) give you a private two hour recital, who would you pick and what would you like them to play?



My choice would be Chopin, with the instruction to play anything he wanted. blush


Lets hear it.



Edited by Tides (07/30/13 05:32 PM)

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#2125437 - 07/30/13 05:40 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Chopin, playing his own compositions.

My second choice might be Beethoven playing his late sonatas.
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#2125438 - 07/30/13 05:44 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Stanchinsky; whatever he wanted...I hope we're allowed a chat too...
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#2125440 - 07/30/13 05:51 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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1st: Bach
2nd: Beethoven
3rd: Mozart
4th: Chopin
5th: Fauré
6th: Franck
7th: Liszt
8th: Schubert
9th: Tchaikovsky
10th: Brahms
11th: Haydn
12th: Stravinsky

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#2125442 - 07/30/13 05:52 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Quaver Pyjama]
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Originally Posted By: Quaver Pyjama
1st: Bach
2nd: Beethoven
3rd: Mozart
4th: Chopin
5th: Fauré
6th: Franck
7th: Liszt
8th: Schubert
9th: Tchaikovsky
10th: Brahms
11th: Haydn
12th: Stravinsky

Where is Rachmaninoff? wink
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#2125469 - 07/30/13 06:21 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Liszt.

We won't need no stinkin' piano. laugh


(Honest answer - Beethoven at his prime. Anything.)
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#2125482 - 07/30/13 06:41 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Debussy....I want to see him roll his octaves...
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#2125484 - 07/30/13 06:45 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Is that composer or pianist?

If so then I'd pick Ricardo Vines, and I'd have play Ravel and Debussy, and probably some Chopin.

Otherwise I'd pick Debussy.
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#2125514 - 07/30/13 08:03 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Chopin of course. smile
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#2125531 - 07/30/13 08:36 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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What I wouldn't give just to meet Chopin...

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#2125547 - 07/30/13 09:21 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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I'd like to hear Liszt play Beethoven.

Or Chopin play Mozart.
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#2125556 - 07/30/13 09:36 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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I would hear Alkan play Alkan!

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#2125557 - 07/30/13 09:36 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Busoni playing Bach, late Beethoven, any Liszt, any Alkan.

Rachmaninov playing any damn thing he fancies.

Argerich playing Liszt's Mephisto Waltz or Schumann's Toccata. (Both these works were in her repertory.)

Franck playing his organ works.
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#2125564 - 07/30/13 09:49 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Kreisler]
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Originally Posted By: Kreisler
I'd like to hear Liszt play Beethoven.



And Liszt.
And Brahms.
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#2125573 - 07/30/13 10:09 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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I'd go for Clara Schumann playing music of her choice.
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#2125574 - 07/30/13 10:10 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Composer: Chopin

Pianist: S. Bunin

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#2125628 - 07/30/13 11:59 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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George Gershwin
Bill Evans
Beethoven
Rachmaninoff
Debussy
Chopin

In that order.
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#2125687 - 07/31/13 03:12 AM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Music Me]
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Zimerman playing Rach 3
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#2125699 - 07/31/13 04:07 AM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Top marks Barbara ... all the earlier snooty-nosed
peasants hammer away at the same old bunch of classical deadbeats ... with never a thought of vying from their
straight-laced antiquities.

I would back Gershwin to top the list anytime ... have got a recording of Grappelli playing the Gershwin hits at this very moment ... who can't be totally enthralled by
the smash hit "Summertime"?

And to think that George tragically died very young (38)of a brain tumour ... what a loss!!

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#2125720 - 07/31/13 07:04 AM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Thanls, btb.

The definition of 'Composer" is not endemic to the Classical period genre only.
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#2125751 - 07/31/13 09:11 AM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Chopin!

To play his etudes, nocturnes, preludes and ballades smile

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#2125895 - 07/31/13 02:05 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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I'd say Rachmaninoff, but we already have quite a few recordings from him...

Instead, I'll go for Beethoven playing Beethoven.
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#2125908 - 07/31/13 02:26 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Beethoven playing the Waldstein or just improvising. More importantly, seeing all those composers and pianists roll all their chords smile

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#2125912 - 07/31/13 02:30 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Pogorelich.]
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Originally Posted By: Pogorelich.
I'd say Rachmaninoff, but we already have quite a few recordings from him...

Yeah, but to hear him live?
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Instead, I'll go for Beethoven playing Beethoven.

Young Beethoven playing his Op 2/3 or Op 13! (We might not be ready for it. blush )
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#2125954 - 07/31/13 03:39 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Beethoven playing anything he wants
Liszt playing Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin
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#2126047 - 07/31/13 06:40 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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I would love to get on a time machine and attend the party where Horowitz and Rachmaninoff performed Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos. Apparently this took place in Los Angeles, and I bet they had a decent wine selection for the guests.

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#2126055 - 07/31/13 06:52 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Need you ask?
Once we get past The Obvious, preferably improvising, I'd like to hear Liszt (of course!) and John Field as the young Chopin's playing was twice compared to his in a complimentary fashion. Might as well check out the competition as well with Thalberg.
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#2126097 - 07/31/13 08:19 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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Tough call between Chopin and Liszt...while the latter would be more impressive, his personality from all accounts was probably better suited to a large-scale recital with a huge audience, not a private recital.

What an honour to be able to hear either though!
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#2126112 - 07/31/13 08:53 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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I would love to see Dave Brubeck again, because he told me I should listen to some of his sacred music, and I got the chance to hear it just a few months after I last saw him.
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#2126123 - 07/31/13 09:39 PM Re: If you could have any composer/pianist (alive or dead)... [Re: Tides]
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I'd give anything to have Horowitz walk me through the Tchaikovsky piano concerto (for the octaves), or Rachmaninoff to show me how to play his prelude op.23 no.9 in e-flat minor. What was he thinking when he composed that? It's unplayable!
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