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#518130 - 12/04/08 07:13 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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Richter
Kempff
Lipatti
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#518131 - 12/04/08 07:14 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Richard James Offline
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Registered: 09/08/08
Posts: 33
Loc: Philippines
Josef Hofmann
Sviatoslav Richter
Vladimir Horowitz
Arthur Rubinstein
Sergei Rachmaninoff

I wish we could add more, though.
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#518132 - 12/04/08 08:23 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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Marc-André Hamelin
Martha Argerich
Andras Schiff
Krystian Zimerman
Artur Schnabel
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#518133 - 12/04/08 08:36 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Bart Kinlein Offline
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 715
Loc: Maryland
Vladimir Horowitz
Arthur Rubinstein
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Martha Argerich
Yefim Bronfman

Where's the wunderkind LL?
Too bad Liszt and Chopin were pre-recording days!
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#518134 - 12/04/08 08:37 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
babama Offline
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Loc: Netherlands
at the moment something like this but I'm discovering more each day

Ashkenazy
Kissin
Horowitz
Zimerman
Richter

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#518135 - 12/04/08 08:57 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
timmyab Offline
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Registered: 04/15/08
Posts: 452
Loc: Bristol, UK
Artur Rubinstein
Emil Gilels
Grigory Sokolov
Earl Wild
Stephen Kovacevich

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#518136 - 12/04/08 09:00 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Juishi Offline
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Registered: 06/10/08
Posts: 123
Gyorgy Cziffra
Krystian Zimerman
S. Rachmaninoff
Julius Katchen
Vladimir Sofronitsky

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#518137 - 12/04/08 09:47 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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Registered: 02/06/07
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Loc: Singapore
Sviatoslav Richter (but of course!)

Emil Gilels
Murray Perahia
Radu Lupu
Maurizio Pollini


I'm going to loose sleep over this. Agonising that I had to leave out the likes of Josef Hoffman and Dinu Lipatti only because of their limited scratchy recordings. And how about Kempf, Rosenthal .... arghhhh. Could I do a list of 10 please???
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#518138 - 12/04/08 09:48 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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 Quote:
Originally posted by akonow:
I'm surprised Rachmaninoff has been mentioned 3 times already.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7im-86V8p0w
[/b]
After hearing this (again), I can certainly see why he's been mentioned multiple times--gorgeous playing.
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#518139 - 12/04/08 09:50 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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Kapell
Horowitz
Cziffra
Moiseiwitsch
Friedman
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#518140 - 12/04/08 10:14 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Ranec16 Offline
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Sergei Rachmaninoff
Emil Gilels
Claudio Arrau
Vladimir Horowitz
Byron Janis
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#518141 - 12/04/08 10:14 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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Loc: Romney WV
Aimard
Richter
Gilels
Gould
Kempff
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#518142 - 12/04/08 10:30 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Silent Thoughts Offline
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Posts: 314
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Josef Hofmann
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
William Kapell
Maria Grinberg (some things I love, some things I hate, but for some selection of repertoire there is simply nobody better.)

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#518143 - 12/04/08 10:31 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
soundboard79 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/08
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Loc: Atlanta
Cool Thread! Tough to choose just 5!

Garrick Ohlsson
Horacio Gutierrez
Stephen Hough
Horowitz
Rachmaninoff
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#518144 - 12/04/08 10:41 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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Martha Argerich
Claudio Arrau
Wilhelm Backhaus
Oscar Levant
Arthur Rubinstein
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#518145 - 12/04/08 10:42 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Thracozaag:
After hearing this (again), I can certainly see why he's been mentioned multiple times--gorgeous playing.
Yeah, and listen to his Liszt! Rachmaninov's super-human prowess really comes to the fore around 2:39.

BTW Koji, I recently encountered your Scriabin 10th on YouTube. Wonderful. You're as beautiful to watch as you are to listen to. With all the discussion around here about stage mannerisms and such, I would highly recommend people view that video. One imagines you don't have much patience with the contortions of LL or Uchida.
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#518146 - 12/04/08 10:45 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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 Quote:
Originally posted by sotto voce:
Oscar Levant
I recall hearing his Gershwin Preludes several years back. Knocked me flat. This guy was good.
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#518147 - 12/04/08 10:49 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Iain Offline
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Registered: 11/30/06
Posts: 545
Loc: London, UK
Vladimir Horowitz
Alfred Cortot
Emil Gilels
Glenn Gould
Artut Rubinstein

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#518148 - 12/04/08 11:17 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
the nosy ape Offline
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Posts: 704
Loc: Westford, MA
Alfred Brendel
Arthur Rubinstein
Walter Gieseking
Claudio Arrau
Rudolph Serkin

(editted for spelling)

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#518149 - 12/04/08 12:17 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
jehalliday Offline
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Registered: 01/12/08
Posts: 119
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Martha Argerich
Angela Hewitt
Jean-Philippe Collard
Yundi Li

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#518150 - 12/04/08 12:24 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
sophial Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by argerichfan:
 Quote:
Originally posted by sotto voce:
Oscar Levant
I recall hearing his Gershwin Preludes several years back. Knocked me flat. This guy was good. [/b]
and very witty too! Too bad his career was derailed somewhat by a lot of personal and health problems.

Sophia

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#518151 - 12/04/08 01:49 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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Registered: 12/07/04
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Loc: San Francisco, CA
Maurizio's still the best pianist since Liszt, maybe who ever was...so give it up and move on...

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#518152 - 12/04/08 01:50 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Andromaque Offline
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Registered: 08/29/08
Posts: 3886
Loc: New York
Martha Argerich
and, these days:
Emil Gilels
Michelangeli
Richter
Arrau

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#518153 - 12/04/08 02:37 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Ridicolosamente Offline
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Posts: 1456
Loc: Miami, Florida, USA
Martha Argerich
Nikolai Lugansky
Valentina Lisitsa
Mitsuko Uchida
Emil Gilels

(Gosh only 5? \:\) )
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#518154 - 12/04/08 02:39 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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And I must add, it ABSOLUTELY tickles me that Kissin only has 1 vote, and Mr. Lang has none.

\:\)

Daniel
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#518155 - 12/04/08 04:31 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
L'echange Offline
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Loc: Romney WV
Ridicolosamente,,,

\:D

Seconded
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#518156 - 12/04/08 05:04 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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I'm glad this topic was phrased as your favourite, or most beloved, rather than who do you think is the greatest etc. No one can argue with a list of most beloveds \:\)

Not in any particular order, the first four were easy:

Richter
Brendel
Schiff
Argerich

And for the fifth? What about a collaborative pianist/accompanist? And my favourite is Geoffrey Parsons.
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#518157 - 12/04/08 05:13 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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 Quote:
Originally posted by currawong:
And for the fifth? What about a collaborative pianist/accompanist? And my favourite is Geoffrey Parsons.
Funnily, just last night I was trying to think of a 5th pianist for my top 5, and the name Gerald Moore popped up. It takes a very confident pianist to tackle so successfully the elaborate (but glorious) accompaniments of Schumann, Strauss and Wolf.

But I can certainly agree with your admiration of Mr. Parsons... and lucky him to have worked with singers of the calibre of Jessye Norman and Christa Ludwig.
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#518158 - 12/04/08 05:46 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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Loc: Switzerland
My Top 5:

Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Maurizio Pollini
Sergej Prokofiev
Bernd Glemser
Frederic Rzewski
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#518159 - 12/04/08 05:54 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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Posts: 554
Loc: Ecuador
my top 5-

Vladimir Horowitz
Ian Pace
Sviatoslav Richter
Marc-Andre Hamelin
Jonathan Powell

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