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#518220 - 12/09/08 02:17 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
sotto voce Offline
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Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 6163
Loc: Briarcliff Manor, NY, USA

Unfortunately, many people are unable or unwilling ever to admit they were wrong about something or to apologize. I have great respect and admiration for those who do have that ability and willingness. Thanks very much for your post.


"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."
—Albert Schweitzer

Chopin: Allegro de Concert Op. 46
Schumann: Toccata Op. 7
Fauré: Ballade Op. 19

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#518221 - 12/09/08 02:26 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
argerichfan Offline
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Registered: 11/15/06
Posts: 8903
Loc: Pacific Northwest, US.
Originally posted by sotto voce:
Thanks very much for your post.
I'll second this. Welcome to the forum, soundboard!


#518222 - 12/10/08 07:55 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
bluemarocks Offline
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Registered: 12/03/08
Posts: 5
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Sorry for the delay, I will update this latest by the end of this weekend.

#518223 - 12/10/08 08:41 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
izaldu Offline
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Registered: 09/18/08
Posts: 1250
Thanks for the heads up pn Kissin s recordings Jason Argerich. I was some what disappointed by a Rach 2 cd i have of him, and din't want to get the "wrong" cd again ...

As for the ranking, it has been said already but i think it's important to again consider we are all subjective on our preferences when it comes to music, and in that lies the magic of music if you ask me. Preferred pianists doesn't necessarily mean "objectively best" pianists.

For example, i would have to say Richter is my favourite. He doesn't play my favourite Beethoven or my favourite Chopin or Bach, but for some reason he's at the top pf my list. He's not just the pianist, but the persona too.

#518224 - 12/10/08 08:56 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
pianocommy Offline
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Registered: 10/02/07
Posts: 20
Loc: Avignon France
The pianists who've moved me most the most often are: Emil Gilels
Vladimir Horovitz
Wilhelm Kempff
Alfred Cortot
Martha Argeritch

#518225 - 02/22/09 11:15 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Liszt_BG Offline
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Registered: 08/17/06
Posts: 338
Loc: Bulgaria
Claudio Arrau
Nikolai Lugansky
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Arthur Rubinstein
Alfred Cortot

#518226 - 02/22/09 10:21 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
French Sweets Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/14/09
Posts: 21
Loc: New York, NY
Benno Moisiewitsch
Ignaz Friedman
Vassily Primakov
Gyorgy Cziffra
Ivan Moravec

#518227 - 02/23/09 10:18 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
TheSockPuppet Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/30/08
Posts: 171
Vladimir Horowitz
Arthur Rubinstein
Martha Argerich
Sviatoslav Richter
Sergei Rachmaninoff

#518228 - 02/25/09 02:15 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
BZ4 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/07/05
Posts: 202
Loc: Orange County
Jean Phillipe Collard
Leif Ove Andsnes
Alfred Brendel
Andras Schiff
Mikael Pletnev
Estonia 190

#518229 - 02/26/09 07:55 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
David Ramezani Offline
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Registered: 09/19/05
Posts: 226
Loc: Sweden
This is difficult. It depends on the mood. But here is my list for now:

Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Ervin Nyíregyházi
Alexander Siloti
Eugen d'Albert
Raoul Pugno

Look them up if you have not heard them play!
Best regards,

David Ramezani

#518230 - 02/26/09 08:22 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Fredil Offline
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Registered: 12/25/08
Posts: 216
Zimerman is losing! \:\(

Krystian Zimerman
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vladimir Horowitz
Yefim Bronfman (for his wonderful concerto performances)
Boris Berezovsky (Transcendental Etudes say it all!)

#1159442 - 03/08/09 10:26 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: yhc]
nch103 Offline
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Registered: 03/06/09
Posts: 72
In no particular order.....

Valentina Lisitsa
Gyorgy Cziffra
Bobby Enriquez
Arcadi Volodos
Vladimir Horowitz

#1160557 - 03/10/09 08:06 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: nch103]
Benny Offline
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Registered: 07/06/08
Posts: 44
Loc: Germany
My all-time favorite:
Glenn Gould

I also like very much:
Ragna Schirmer
Lise de la Salle
Daniel Barenboim
Mitsuko Uchida

#1160737 - 03/10/09 03:11 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: Pogorelich.]
djtoast Offline
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Registered: 12/20/07
Posts: 136
Loc: Glasgow

(But if I could have voted for GG five times, I woulda.)
Brodmann BU 125 upright
1880 Blüthner 7'2" grand

#1161117 - 03/11/09 08:49 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: djtoast]
TempoPrimo Offline
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Registered: 01/06/09
Posts: 88

(Thought I'd throw a vote Evgeny's way, just to be different smile )

#1161630 - 03/12/09 01:25 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: TempoPrimo]
searchers Offline
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Registered: 03/31/05
Posts: 26
Loc: canada
josef hofmann
moritz rosenthal
leopold godowsky
josef lhevinne
sergei rachmaninoff

#1162038 - 03/12/09 07:39 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: Damz]
Wilson Frazão Offline
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Registered: 02/06/09
Posts: 24
Loc: Portugal
Vladimir Horowitz
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Oscar Peterson
Art Tatum
Maria João Pires
"Music is the most physically inspiring of all the arts." - Frank Zappa

#1162081 - 03/12/09 09:38 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: Wilson Frazão]
djtoast Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/20/07
Posts: 136
Loc: Glasgow
Nice to see a couple of jazz pianists in there, I thought they were a bit under-represented in people's lists!
Brodmann BU 125 upright
1880 Blüthner 7'2" grand

#1166739 - 03/22/09 09:32 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: Damz]
pianojosh23 Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/11/08
Posts: 605
Lang Lang
Yundi Li

#1175476 - 04/06/09 11:19 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: yhc]
Olloriod Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/03/09
Posts: 10
Loc: Québec, Canada
Alicia de la Rocha
Alfred Brendel
Jon Kimura Parker
Glenn Gould
Mitsuko Uchida

#1175945 - 04/07/09 06:32 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: bluemarocks]
Mouli Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/28/09
Posts: 5

#1176417 - 04/07/09 10:24 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: David Ramezani]
Emanuel Ravelli Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 687
Loc: Virginia

-- and a tip of the hat to Paul Lewis, whose Beethoven sonata cycle on Harmonia Mundi is my new favorite -- better even than Gilels, and that's really saying something.
Phil Bjorlo

#1208967 - 05/31/09 12:06 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: bluemarocks]
Damon Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/22/06
Posts: 6168
Loc: St. Louis area
Vladimir Horowitz
Arthur Rubinstein
Emil Gilels
Michail Pletnev
jorge Bolet
It's been scientifically proven that Horowitz sucks.

#1208983 - 05/31/09 12:43 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: Damon]
Claude56 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/09
Posts: 469
Thank you for bringing up this topic again.

#1379394 - 02/21/10 05:49 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: Claude56]
Etude1 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/20/10
Posts: 11
Glenn Gould
Sviatoslav Richter
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Alfred Cortot
Dinu Lipatti

#1380852 - 02/23/10 01:39 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: Etude1]
JBB_Piano Offline
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 54
Loc: Bay Area, CA

#1380857 - 02/23/10 01:55 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking [Re: JBB_Piano]
shy Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/02/09
Posts: 66
Loc: NYC
sviatoslav richter
clara haskil
annie fischer
dinu lipatti
claudio arrau

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