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« on: April 26, 2005, 03:41:16 PM »

Hi everyone, this is my first post. I have been a long time reader to this awesome forum.
This time I have a question.
Which pianist you think played this work "Beethoven, Moonlight, Pathetique, Appassionata" the best in your opinion?
There is one by Brendel, another one by Kempff, both are pretty famous, but I would like to hear what do you think about their performances.

Thanks a lot.

Best.
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piano sheet music of Sonata 14 (Moonlight)

piano sheet music of Sonata 8 (Pathétique)

piano sheet music of Sonata 23 (Appassionata)
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2005, 04:54:47 PM »

Hi everyone, this is my first post. I have been a long time reader to this awesome forum.
This time I have a question.
Which pianist you think played this work "Beethoven, Moonlight, Pathetique, Appassionata" the best in your opinion?
There is one by Brendel, another one by Kempff, both are pretty famous, but I would like to hear what do you think about their performances.

Thanks a lot.

Best.

No such thing as the best. Lots and lots of pianists recorded these pieces. There are hundreds of recording of them. Do some listening. It depends on your personal taste.
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2005, 05:09:43 PM »

Hmoll,
    Thanks. I am fully aware there is no such thing as the best, that's why I put "in your opinion".  There could be some objectivity in the describing the quality of the recording. How about hearing some opinions about the soloist's interpretation?...etc.
I am also aware there are hundreds of CDs for these works, hence my question as I don't know where to start Smiley
So, if I am allowed to rephrase my question, it would be "What is your favorite recording for these works?".

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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2005, 04:14:29 AM »

I'll stick with Kempff for the Moonlight, Schnabel for the Pathetique and Richter for the Appassionata.
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2005, 01:28:36 PM »

Vladimir Horowitz's recording is my favourite.  You never know what to expect when you listen to his recordings.  I had only wished that he recorded more Beethoven.  I know that he also recorded Op.10 No.3 and Op.101.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2005, 03:59:42 PM »

Hmoll,
    Thanks. I am fully aware there is no such thing as the best, that's why I put "in your opinion".  There could be some objectivity in the describing the quality of the recording. How about hearing some opinions about the soloist's interpretation?...etc.
I am also aware there are hundreds of CDs for these works, hence my question as I don't know where to start Smiley
So, if I am allowed to rephrase my question, it would be "What is your favorite recording for these works?".

Best.

My advice still stands: do some listening. That's where to begin. I don't have a favorite recording because the pieces are very different, and I tend to like different players for different Beethoven sonatas.

BTW, "best" and "favorite" are two different things. Something can be my favorite without me thinking it's the best. Also, if I say something's the "best," it's a given that I'm simply stating my opinion.
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2005, 04:50:08 AM »

Moonlight - Kempff (mono or stereo), Casadesus, Rubinstein
Pathetique - Kempff, Pollini, Hungerford
Appassionata - Richter, Richter, Richter, Gilels, Gieseking, Solomon <~~~~ Richter's the best for the sonata as a whole, but Solomon is a close second for me and must be heard, IF ONLY for his presto at the end of the final movement -- fast, furious, flawless, hits every single note with such clarity and precision, it's really one of the highlights of my entire piano music collection!
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Favorite pianists include Pollini, Casadesus, Mendl (from the Vienna Piano Trio), Hungerford, Gilels, Argerich, Iturbi, Horowitz, Kempff, and I suppose Barenboim (gotta love the CSO). Too many others.
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2005, 08:37:16 AM »

Greetings

Hi everyone, this is my first post. I have been a long time reader to this awesome forum.
This time I have a question.
Which pianist you think played this work "Beethoven, Moonlight, Pathetique, Appassionata" the best in your opinion?
There is one by Brendel, another one by Kempff, both are pretty famous, but I would like to hear what do you think about their performances.

Thanks a lot.

Best.


I made a suggestion on a similar thread a little while ago.


http://www.pianoforum.net/smf/index.php/topic,8330.msg84312.html#msg84312


Cheers Smiley
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