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Topic: John Ogdon  (Read 1665 times)

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John Ogdon
on: October 12, 2003, 02:38:57 PM
He is definitely THE greatest pianist, what r ur opinions? I love his recordings, i have everything I can get my hands on, is anybody else ou there interested in him? I feel that he has passed somewhat into obscurity after his disastrous post-breakdown career, and needs to be revived.

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Re: John Ogdon
Reply #1 on: October 12, 2003, 03:24:16 PM
Revived as in brought back to life?  ;)
I would put him in the top three greatest recorded pianists, but not number one. I am very interested in his playing though,
Ed

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Re: John Ogdon
Reply #2 on: October 12, 2003, 04:39:33 PM
Not brought back to life, but his name needs to be as much a part of a pianists vocabulary as Horowitz or Gould. What recordings are you are particularly fond of?

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Re: John Ogdon
Reply #3 on: October 12, 2003, 04:54:15 PM
The Liszt-Busoni La Campanella is particularly awesome, as is the Alkan Concerto for solo piano and the Busoni Chopin variations,
Ed

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Re: John Ogdon
Reply #4 on: October 14, 2003, 04:40:27 AM
For me Ogdon's recording of Rachmaninoff's very seldom heard First Sonata was great.  He was able to imbue the middle movement with the ultra-romanticic interpretation intended by the composer.  I could listen to it 50 times over.
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Re: John Ogdon
Reply #5 on: April 06, 2004, 12:22:40 AM
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Not brought back to life, but his name needs to be as much a part of a pianists vocabulary as Horowitz or Gould. What recordings are you are particularly fond of?


Perhaps you are right in this sense - rarely have I ever found Horowitz and Gould impressive musically. I feel that Horowitz was the most grossly overrated and the very worst of all the giants of the piano. And John Ogdon easily bettered him. ;)

To be very frank I am not in tune with John Ogdon's style. Not my type.
Peter (Hong Kong)
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