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#573024 - 11/05/07 08:08 PM Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Who do you think is the best pianist technically and aestheticly? reply for me please.. I just want to know
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#573025 - 11/05/07 08:29 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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it's very subjective, and not just one for me. i always like Pollini, his new Chopin Nocturne CD set is stuning technically and musically.

i also think Berezovski is a superb pianist, if not the best. i just watched him last night on youtube playing Mephisto waltz, which is incredible (just look at his hands):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG6CElEVMSw

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#573026 - 11/05/07 08:33 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Dubravka Tomsic, from Slovenia and Evgeny Kissin-for classical music (see link below)

Chick Corea- for jazz and jazz fusion

Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman-for progressive rock


Evgeny Kissin

Chick Corea

Rick Wakeman

Don't forget, Chick and Rick compose this stuff as well!!!!
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#573027 - 11/05/07 09:50 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Right now, Perahia.
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#573028 - 11/05/07 09:51 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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I'm rather fond of Andras Schiff. Berezovsky's nice.

But I'd have to vote for Hamelin as the winner.
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#573029 - 11/05/07 09:56 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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There are many technically exciting, emotionally moving and superb world-class pianists. There is no "best" pianist.

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#573030 - 11/05/07 10:23 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Bruce is right, there are hundreds of brilliant pianists of our time and it is unrealistic to think at "one" would be the absolute BEST.


Matt

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#573031 - 11/05/07 10:35 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Although I second the sentiments of Matt and BruceD, I would say the greatest living pianist is Maurizio Pollini. There is no dearth of young, talented pianists today (Yundi Li, Klára Würtz, to give just two of my personal favorites) but Pollini has repeartedly proven himself in the most demanding repertoire, over nearly 50 years. He takes top dog, IMHO.

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#573032 - 11/05/07 10:36 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Argerich of course! I believe Argerichfan will back me up here as well.
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#573033 - 11/05/07 10:43 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Franz Liszt, of course!
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#573034 - 11/05/07 11:02 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Originally posted by sophial:
Franz Liszt, of course!
\:\) [/b]
Of course, that's correct! \:D

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#573035 - 11/05/07 11:38 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Yes, of course! Liszt's bust sits beside my piano (Beethoven's picture is at the end of it). Too bad he didn't make any piano rolls! I was thrilled, seeing him and Hans von Bulow together in the DVD, "The Life Of Wagner," from a nine-part mini-series starring Richard Burton. Highly recommended.


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#573036 - 11/06/07 02:35 AM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Patrick Weikle....and it's not even close

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#573037 - 11/06/07 02:58 AM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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I would say the greatest living pianist is Maurizio Pollini.[/b]

He is certainly amongst the greats still alive.

As Gramophone had it: "Critics are not paid to be lost for words. But then human beings are not supposed to be able to play the piano like Pollini."

\:\)

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#573038 - 11/06/07 03:13 AM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Alfred Brendel, Grigorij Sokolov, Daniel Barenboim haven't been mentioned so far - they should be in with the others as well. I would disagree with the concept of "the greatest" pianist alive, I would consider it more to be a kind of Pantheon, with everyone having his or her speciality (which of course may overlap).

And technically impressive (though aesthetically an absolute nightmare): Olli Mustonen.

Markus
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#573039 - 11/06/07 03:15 AM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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There are too many pianists, each with their own qualities. Even Lang Lang has given some good performances.

People believe that Kissin is overrated but I believe he is underrated in terms of the critics. Claims that he has no emotion or unmusical make no sense to me. Granted, some of his recordings have been lackluster and lacking true feeling, but those are really only a few.

Apparently playing right notes is a fault. It can be if there is nothing else present in the performance, but one thing I admire regarding Kissin is his ability to play all the right notes clearly and convey emotion and musicality at the same time. Often times with pianists it is one or the other. Either every note is right but is played mechanically or there is an abundance of wrong notes (sometimes even to the point of irritation) but a lot of emotion and feeling (a la Horowitz).

Many will disagree with me, I know. But then again, what music isn't subjective. I believe Kissin has a large enough fan base and has a consistent enough record of drawing massive crowds and dazzling them to be considered a top pianist, and certainly one of the best.
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#573040 - 11/06/07 03:33 AM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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I would rate Kissin as one of the best - the Chopin performances I heard from him (now almost 15 years ago, I think) in Berlin were simply breathtaking - very musical.
Judging pianists from a recording is unfair - you never know what has been done with the recording (improvement or the opposite) later, and recordings just lack the immediacy of a live recital.

Markus
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#573041 - 11/06/07 07:30 AM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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There is none.

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#573042 - 11/06/07 07:46 AM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by LisztAddict:
 Quote:
Originally posted by sophial:
Franz Liszt, of course!
\:\) [/b]
Of course, that's correct! \:D [/b]
OK then, I'll change my vote to... Alkan!

Even Liszt was afraid of his technique.
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#573043 - 11/06/07 07:48 AM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by PoStTeNeBrAsLuX:
I would say the greatest living pianist is Maurizio Pollini.[/b]

He is certainly amongst the greats still alive.

As Gramophone had it: "Critics are not paid to be lost for words. But then human beings are not supposed to be able to play the piano like Pollini."

\:\)

-Michael B. [/b]


...and I'm going to see/hear him next week in Hamburg's Laeiszhalle! [/b]

Mike \:\)

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#573044 - 11/06/07 12:07 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Originally posted by Rach.3Freak105:
Argerich of course! I believe argerichfan will back me up here as well.
Yes, I will back you up.

But as others have said, there are many great pianists and it is unrealistic to pick just one.

If there be a greater recording of the Chopin Etudes than Pollini's, I've yet to hear it.

And yet, my intuition tells me that the greatest pianist of all time was Ferruccio Busoni[/b].
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#573045 - 11/06/07 04:02 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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I will vote for Richter, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Brendel and Gilels. Don't make me pick one!

Contrary to everyone else here, I really dislike kissin and his Chopin.

\:D
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#573046 - 11/06/07 04:09 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Liszt and Alkan of course!
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#573047 - 11/06/07 04:25 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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My favourite pianist is definitely Schiff - His playing is so natural and has such beautiful clarity - it's as if he plays for children.

...and then the great Glen Gould 2nd

Does anyone think that Barenboim is hugely overrated? Or have I only listened to his 'bad' recordings. uuerrrggh tooo much pedal..
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#573048 - 11/06/07 04:41 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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#573049 - 11/06/07 04:43 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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#573050 - 11/06/07 06:21 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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#573051 - 11/06/07 06:59 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Mike,

I envy you fiercely.

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#573052 - 11/06/07 07:10 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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Victor Merzhanov is everything I want in a pianist. Impeccable control, crystal clear voicing, and a sublime emotional connection to the music. His interpretations of Russian music, and Rachmaninoff in particular, are about as good as they get.

Having been fortunate to study with one of his proteges, I'm biased.
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#573053 - 11/06/07 09:35 PM Re: Who do you think is the best pianist?
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I still don't understand the concept of thinking that Liszt and Alkan or any other pianist you've never hear is great or the best...

Tofu is my favorite food even though ive never tasted it, and only seen it in pictures.
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