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Topic: who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?  (Read 1890 times)

Offline stevie

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who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?
on: September 18, 2005, 11:45:50 PM
interesting perhaps

thy discussion may proceed accordingly.

mildly, perhaps hamelin, occasionally perhaps libetta, barely barere.

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Re: who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?
Reply #1 on: September 19, 2005, 02:13:52 AM
                                                    Art Tatum !!  :o

                                                    Josef Hofmann..
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Re: who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?
Reply #3 on: September 19, 2005, 05:19:54 AM
interesting perhaps

thy discussion may proceed accordingly.

mildly, perhaps hamelin, occasionally perhaps libetta, barely barere.

Hamelin doesn't have a left hand. He has two right hands.

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Re: who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?
Reply #4 on: September 19, 2005, 05:41:44 AM
Hamelin doesn't have a left hand. He has two right hands.

But isn't that a bad thing? There are LH Concerti, are there RH Concerti? Never heard of one...I'm not ragging on you Orlando, but if you had to lose a hand.... :'(  which one would you sacrifice?

A fellow jazz pianist and I used to make fun of a singing lounge "pianist" we knew; we felt when he played he had 2 right hands. His playing had no foundation, he didn't understand the function of the LH, (orchestra) and how it should work to support the RH (soprano or lead horn section).

I would say Hamelin has two left hands!  :D
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Re: who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?
Reply #5 on: September 19, 2005, 11:34:29 AM
in all fairness it should be between hamelin, libetta, and carlo grante. they are the only ones who play all 53 chopin-godowsky studies, with libetta being the only one who have done ALL OF THEM live in recital, and at considerably faster speeds than both hamelin and grante.

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Re: who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?
Reply #6 on: September 19, 2005, 06:55:43 PM
Hamelin doesn't have a left hand. He has two right hands.

That was said of Dreyschock. He had a pretty good left hand.
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Re: who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?
Reply #7 on: September 25, 2005, 05:57:40 AM
That was said of Dreyschock. He had a pretty good left hand.

His signature stunt was to play the "Revolutionary" Etude op.10 #12 LH in OCTAVES!!! :o

At tempo, supposedly.... :o :o

Believe it? Maybe tempos have increased, I don't know if the original Chopin Etudes edition had MM markings; Paderewski edition gives quarter note = 160.

This would be astounding (duh). Who thinks he could do this? I'm not sure....
But his Concerto in d minor, recorded by Piers Lane on Hyperion, with the Kullak C minor Concerto, is a cool piece, worth performing if there is a published edition available.
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Re: who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?
Reply #8 on: September 25, 2005, 03:29:58 PM
Leon Fleisher probably has a pretty good left hand.
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Re: who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?
Reply #9 on: September 25, 2005, 06:39:58 PM
Leon Fleisher probably has a pretty good left hand.

Concurred. He plays the Bach-Brahms lefty Chaconne and the Ravel lefty concerto.

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Re: who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?
Reply #10 on: September 25, 2005, 08:33:18 PM
His signature stunt was to play the "Revolutionary" Etude op.10 #12 LH in OCTAVES!!! :o

At tempo, supposedly.... :o :o

Believe it? Maybe tempos have increased, I don't know if the original Chopin Etudes edition had MM markings; Paderewski edition gives quarter note = 160.

This would be astounding (duh). Who thinks he could do this? I'm not sure....
But his Concerto in d minor, recorded by Piers Lane on Hyperion, with the Kullak C minor Concerto, is a cool piece, worth performing if there is a published edition available.

i agree, both the Kullak and Dreyschock Concerto's are worth performing. I have copies of both scores if you would like to have a look.
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Re: who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?
Reply #11 on: September 26, 2005, 04:51:17 AM
Again, the obvious seems to elude everyone:   Leon Fleisher has been playing with only his left hand for some years now....and it is really amazing what he can do with it...linked to such a wonderful musicans' brain!

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Re: who is the pianist with the best left hand technique?
Reply #12 on: September 26, 2005, 07:21:48 AM
Leon Fleisher probably has a pretty good left hand.

Id agree....surely some who plays only LH works would have an excellent LH.  My former teacher did.

BTW there are better LH alone players than Fleischer, but certainly not as famous!
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