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#518100 - 12/03/08 06:26 PM Pianist Fan Ranking
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So I'm really curious about which pianists have the most fans here, and which are truly the most beloved.

To Participate:[/b]
Make a list of your favorite 5 pianists and post it to this thread. (Order does not matter.) Each time a pianist's name appears in a list, he she will get a point.


Guidelines:[/b]
1. Submit your favorite 5 only once.
2. Please do not change your favorite 5 after you have posted.
3. Feel free to place obscure and retired players in your lists.
4. Any lists with more or less than 5 entries will NOT be added to the ranking.
5. Please do not make your list with the intention to alter the ranking. (Example: Top 5ing the pianist ranked 2nd, simply because you don't like who is in 1st.)
6. Obviously, you cannot choose pianists of which there are no recordings.

If you need an example, here's my list (again, in no particular order)...

My List
Vladimir Horowitz
Arthur Rubinstein
Glenn Gould
Sviatoslav Richter
Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Ranking:[/b]
Vladimir Horowitz(27)

Martha Argerich(25)

Emil Gilels(19)

Arthur Rubinstein(18)

Sviatoslav Richter(17)

Sergei Rachmaninoff(11)

Glenn Gould(10)

Vladimir Ashkenazy(9)

Claudio Arrau(8)
Alfred Brendel(8)

Krystian Zimerman(7)

Marc-Andre Hamelin(5)
Wilhelm Kempff(5)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard(4)
Dinu Lipatti(4)
Radu Lupu(4)
Maurizio Pollini(4)
Andras Schiff(4)
Grigory Sokolov(4)
Josef Hofmann(4)
Stephen Hough(3)

Leif Ove Andsnes(3)
Gyorgy Cziffra(3)
William Kapell(3)
Evgeny Kissin(3)
Garrick Ohlsson(3)
Arturo Michelangeli(3)
Arcadi Volodos(3)

Emanuel Ax(2)
Yefim Bronfman(2)
John Browning(2)
Van Cliburn(2)
Alfred Cortot(2)
Youri Egorov(2)
Yundi Li(2)
Lang Lang(2)
Nikolai Lugansky(2)
Murray Perahia(2)
John Ogdon(2)
Artur Schnabel(2)
Rudolph Serkin(2)
Vladimir Sofronitsky(2)
Mitsuko Uchida(2)
Earl Wild(2)

Alexander Ardakov(1)
Wilhelm Backhaus(1)
Lazar Berman(1)
Victor Borge(1)
Ronald Brautigam(1)
Stanislav Bunin(1)
Robert Casadeseux(1)
Jean-Philippe Collard(1)
Philippe Entremont(1)
Sergio Fiorentino(1)
Annie Fischer(1)
Ingrid Fliter(1)
Samson Francois(1)
Nelson Freire(1)
Ignaz Friedman(1)
Walter Gieseking(1)
Bernd Glemser(1)
Richard Goode(1)
Maria Grinberg(1)
Friedrich Gulda(1)
Horacio Gutierrez(1)
Adam Gyorgy(1)
Myra Hess(1)
Angela Hewitt(1)
Byron Janis(1)
Julius Katchen(1)
Cyprien Katsaris(1)
Zoltan Kocsis(1)
Stephen Kovacevich(1)
Ruth Laredo(1)
Alicia De Larrocha(1)
Angela Lear(1)
Alain Lefebvre(1)
Oscar Levant(1)
Josef Levin(1)
Raymond Lewenthal(1)
Valentina Lisitsa(1)
James Mathis(1)
Benno Moiseiwitsch(1)
Ivan Moravec(1)
John O'Conor(1)
Janusz Olejniczak(1)
Ian Pace(1)
Jon Kimura Parker(1)
Geoffrey Parsons(1)
Murray Perahia(1)
Maria Joao Pires(1)
Ivo Pogorelich (1)
Jonathan Powell(1)
Awadagin Pratt(1)
Sergei Prokofiev(1)
Frederic Rzewski(1)
Wen Yu Shen(1)
Dmitri Shostakovich(1)
Christian Zacharias(1)


Nationality Statistics[/b]
In order by number of pianists:
America(17)

Russia(15)

France(5)
Germany(5)
Hungary(5)
Poland(5)

Canada(4)
England(4)
Ukraine(4)

Austria(3)
China(3)
Italy(3)

Argentina(2)
Czech Republic(2)
Japan(2)
Romania(2)

Australia(1)
Brazil(1)
Chile(1)
Cuba(1)
Denmark(1)
Holland(1)
Ireland(1)
Israel(1)
Norway(1)
Portugal(1)
Spain(1)
Serbia(1)

In order by number of votes:
Russia(91)

Poland(29)

America(24)
Argentina(24)

Canada(18)

Austria(12)

England(10)
Hungary(10)
Ukraine(10)

Germany(9)

Chile(8)
France(8)
Italy(8)
Romania(8)

China(6)

Czech Republic(3)
Norway(3)

Israel(2)

Australia(1)
Cuba(1)
Brazil(1)
Denmark(1)
Holland(1)
Ireland(1)
Japan(1)
Portugal(1)
Serbia(1)
Spain(1)

Fun Facts[/b]
There are 305 votes (61 people have voted) total. There are 91 pianists.

~16.7% of the pianists are Russian, and ~28.8% of the votes are for a Russian pianist. America has 1 more pianist than Russia, but Russia has nearly 4 times as many points.

The top two pianists have ~17.8% of the votes. The top five have ~35.6%.

There are only 5 pianists with 15 or more points, and only 2 with 20 or more. There are only 6 countries with 5 or more pianists, and only 2 with 10 or more. There are only 4 countries with 20 or more votes, and only 2 with 25 or more. There are 55 pianists with only 1 point, 12 countries with only 1 pianist, 8 of which only have 1 point.

Argentina is ranked 3rd by points, with 23... Argerich is 22 of them (~95.7%).

Interesting to note how few votes certain 'superstar' status pianists have, the most prominent example being Rachmaninoff, with only 2. Edit: 2 became 11 in just over a page and a half. Funny how that works.

Rankings to watch[/b]
Horowitz and Argerich--For 1st(points)
Gilels, Richter, and Rubinstein--For 3rd(points)
Gould and Rachmaninoff--For 6th(points)

America and Russia--For 1st(pianists)

Poland and Argentina--For 2nd(points)
America and Argentina--For 3rd(points)


Last edited 12/4, ending with Anders39's post

NOTE: Right now the fun facts may be inaccurate as I have not updated them. I will do that later.[/b]

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#518101 - 12/03/08 06:31 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Horowitzian Offline
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Registered: 09/18/08
Posts: 8453
Vladimir Horowitz
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#518102 - 12/03/08 06:40 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Elan Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/19/08
Posts: 11
Loc: Denmark
Dinu Lipatti (my favorit)

Glenn Gould

Josef Hofmann

Josef Levin

Victor Borge

Regards

Thomas

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#518103 - 12/03/08 06:42 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Rank Piano Amateur Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/11/07
Posts: 1794
Annie Fischer
Martha Argerich
Artur Rubinstein
Vladimir Horowitz
Rudolph Serkin

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#518104 - 12/03/08 06:59 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
-Frycek Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/06/05
Posts: 5921
Loc: SC Mountains
Vladimir Horowitz
Dinu Lipatti
Angela Lear
Josef Hofmann
Janusz Olejniczak
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#518105 - 12/03/08 07:02 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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Posts: 13818
Loc: Iowa City, IA
Alicia De Larrocha
Youri Egorov
Radu Lupu
Emil Gilels
Grigory Sokolov
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#518106 - 12/03/08 07:04 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
MarkH Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/16/08
Posts: 868
Loc: Seattle, WA
Vladimir Horowitz
Glenn Gould
Friedrich Gulda
Cyprien Katsaris
Marc-Andre Hamelin
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#518107 - 12/03/08 07:23 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Goldberg Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/08/03
Posts: 1232
Loc: U.S.
Marc-Andre Hamelin
Gyorgy Cziffra
Arcadi Volodos
Ian Pace
Raymond Lewenthal

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#518108 - 12/03/08 07:34 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
bplary1300 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/03/08
Posts: 353
Loc: Maine
Emil Gilels
Krystian Zimerman
Evgeny Kissin
Sviatoslav Richter
Emanuel Ax
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#518109 - 12/03/08 08:00 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Damz Offline
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Registered: 11/19/06
Posts: 264
Loc: Montreal, Canada
That's a tough one... I'd say :

Hamelin
Gilels
Horowitz
Richter
Argerich

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#518110 - 12/03/08 08:02 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
jshelton Offline
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Registered: 10/09/08
Posts: 89
Loc: Alsea Oregon, USA
phillipe entrement
glenn gould
vladimir ashkenazi
robert casadeseux
martha argerich
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#518111 - 12/03/08 08:34 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
pianist.ame Offline
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Registered: 05/18/07
Posts: 1166
Loc: Singapore
Vladimir Ashkernazy
Stephen Hough
Martha Argerich
Pollini
Vladimir Horowitz
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#518112 - 12/03/08 09:09 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
dsch Offline
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Registered: 09/17/08
Posts: 325
Loc: florida
These two are my favorite:
gilels
richter

Distant third:
pollini

Tied for fourth/fifth, give them 2/3 point each:
pogorelich
argerich
michelangeli

Sorry, I could not eliminate one of these last three.

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#518113 - 12/03/08 09:09 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
akonow Offline
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Registered: 03/07/08
Posts: 589
Loc: Los Angeles
Alfred Brendel
Martha Argerich
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Arthur Rubinstein
Claudio Arrau
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#518114 - 12/03/08 09:15 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
signa Offline
8000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
Gould
Pollini
Pogorelich
Aimard
Lupu

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#518115 - 12/03/08 09:41 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Opus_Maximus Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/27/04
Posts: 1500
Vladimir Horowitz
Grigory Sokolov
Ivan Moravec
Ingrid Fliter
Alfred Cortot

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#518116 - 12/03/08 09:59 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
7yritch Offline
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Registered: 01/18/08
Posts: 89
Loc: Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Van Cliburn
Zoltan Kocsis
Claudio Arrau
John Ogdon
Leif Ove Andsnes
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#518117 - 12/03/08 10:14 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
sophial Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/11/05
Posts: 3489
Loc: US
Vladimir Horowitz
Martha Argerich
Glenn Gould
Murray Perahia
Richard Goode

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#518118 - 12/03/08 10:57 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Emanuel Ravelli Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 687
Loc: Virginia
Grigory Sokolov
Nelson Freire
Arthur Rubinstein
Krystian Zimerman
Emil Gilels
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Phil Bjorlo

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#518119 - 12/03/08 11:06 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
frankwu Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/26/08
Posts: 12
Loc: Pasadena, CA
Emil Gilels
Martha Argerich
Claudio Arrau
Radu Lupu
Alfred Brendel

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#518120 - 12/03/08 11:11 PM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
NancyM333 Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/06/06
Posts: 1547
Loc: Roswell, Georgia
Vladimir Horowitz
Emil Gilels
Mitsuko Uchida
Arthur Rubinstein
Awadagin Pratt
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#518121 - 12/04/08 01:34 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
argerichfan Offline
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Registered: 11/15/06
Posts: 8934
Loc: Pacific Northwest, US.
Alphabetically:

Andsnes
Argerich
Horowitz
Rachmaninov
Richter
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#518122 - 12/04/08 02:08 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Partialtoadam Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/03/08
Posts: 15
Loc: Malaysia
Adam Gyorgy
John Browning
Argerich
Myra Hess
Horowitz

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#518123 - 12/04/08 03:04 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
akonow Offline
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Registered: 03/07/08
Posts: 589
Loc: Los Angeles
I'm surprised Rachmaninoff has been mentioned 3 times already. I really do not like his interpretations, especially of his own works. For example...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7im-86V8p0w

Maybe, it's just the recording quality but I really don't like Rachmaninoff as a pianist. :rolleyes:
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#518124 - 12/04/08 04:02 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
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Registered: 02/21/07
Posts: 1225
Loc: Mumbles, Wales
Sergio Fiorentino
Ruth Laredo
Lazar Berman
John Ogdon
Vladimir Ashkenazy


Nice touch with the stats...
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#518125 - 12/04/08 04:27 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Mati Offline
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Registered: 11/25/05
Posts: 1276
Loc: Lodz, Poland
Sviatoslav Richter
Emil Gilels
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Yefim Bronfman
Artur Rubinstein

Nicely done, I agree with LaValse.
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#518126 - 12/04/08 04:39 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
Euan Morrison Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1588
Loc: Edinburgh
Martha Argerich
Sviatoslav Richter
Krystian Zimerman
Leif Ove Andsnes
Evgeny Kissin

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#518127 - 12/04/08 05:20 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
theJourney Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/22/07
Posts: 3946
Loc: Banned
Maria Joao Pires
Martha Argerich
Youri Egorov
Grigory Sokolov
Earl Wild

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#518128 - 12/04/08 06:04 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
StuartEstell Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/04/08
Posts: 90
Loc: Birmingham, UK
Alfred Brendel
Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Martha Argerich
Dmitri Shostakovich

I had to add Shostakovich in, as I absolutely love hearing him play his own music.
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#518129 - 12/04/08 07:04 AM Re: Pianist Fan Ranking
yhc Offline
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Registered: 12/31/04
Posts: 150
Loc: NYC, NY
Sviatoslav Richter
Emil Gilels
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Glenn Gould
Wilhelm Kempff

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