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How to Prepare for a Piano Competition – an Interview with Mariam Batsashvili

Soon after the 10th International Franz Liszt Competition Utrecht, Piano Street’s guest writer Alexander Buskermolen spoke to its most recent winner: the Georgian 21 year old pianist Mariam Batsashvili. The main theme for this interview with the first female winner of this particular competition in The Netherlands: how to prepare for a competition and what happens if you win? Mariam Batsashvili should know. Read more >>

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Question: who would U MOST LIKE to hear play the LiSzT sOnAtA and WHYYYY!!!!!  (Voting closed: September 23, 2005, 10:47:03 PM)
bartok - 0 (0%)
busoni - 9 (75%)
nyregihazi - 1 (8.3%)
liberace - 2 (16.7%)
Total Voters: 12

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andhow04
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« on: September 08, 2005, 10:47:03 PM »

sorry, U cant vote for lIsZt  !!!!

 Cheesy Shocked Roll Eyes Cool Grin

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2005, 11:28:47 PM »

wOw ThAt TyPiNg ScHeMe ReAlLy GeTs YoUr AtTeNtIoN!

Ya It DoEs! ! ! ? ! ! ? ! ? ? ! ??
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Chopin=Amazing.  End of story.
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2005, 09:28:00 AM »

This has gotta be one of the worst topics of recent times...
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2005, 09:54:08 AM »

Even though it's a bad topic, I'm going to play along   Smiley

Actually I'd like to hear Beethoven play the Liszt Sonata (think about it...)

But out of that group, I'll take Busoni
Reason - by many accounts, he was the most awe-inspiring pianist of the first half of the century - Rubinstein (Artur) said that he was the greatest pianist that he ever heard (until Sgouros - I'm SO sure!), as did Schnabel, and others...in fact, he was the only pianist whom Horowitz had considered studying with at the time that Busoni was still alive.  He inspired fear into the hearts of his collegues.  I believe it was Gabrilowitz who thought that he saw Busoni sitting in the rear of the hall during one of Gabrilowitz's recitals - Gabrilowitz said that he was so psyched out that he played like crap (only to find out later that it in fact wasn't Feruccio!).  His equipment must have been colossal, as well as his vision, variety of touch, and the sheer will of his playing, the intensity...
I imagine that he would have held it together architecturally, like a great cathedral, without losing any of the romantic rhetoric.  It would have been a gigantic reading, maybe the best ever...think about his 13th rhapsody...


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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2005, 09:07:07 PM »

Busoni's playing was so awe inspiring that even his piano roll recordings overshadow many modern accoustic recordings.
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2005, 10:11:05 PM »

Busoni is a titan. One of the biggest minds ever. He still has arguably the best recording of Chaconne.
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