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Who plays the meanest Emperor?

Pollini
1 (5.6%)
Zimerman
4 (22.2%)
Arrau
3 (16.7%)
Schnabel
1 (5.6%)
Rubinstein
1 (5.6%)
Fleisher
1 (5.6%)
Cliburn
1 (5.6%)
Moiseiwitsch
0 (0%)
Horowitz
0 (0%)
Gilels
1 (5.6%)
Michelangeli
4 (22.2%)
Perahia
1 (5.6%)

Total Members Voted: 18

Topic: Best Emperor Concerto Performer  (Read 1900 times)

Offline Waldszenen

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Best Emperor Concerto Performer
on: May 13, 2006, 03:13:19 AM
I always liked Zimerman's (cleanest, most to-the-point sound) and Rubinstein's.
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Offline jlh

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Re: Best Emperor Concerto Performer
Reply #1 on: May 13, 2006, 05:27:40 AM
Murray Perahia is not on the list?
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Offline alejo_90

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Re: Best Emperor Concerto Performer
Reply #2 on: May 13, 2006, 06:07:50 AM
Where the hell is Gilels ? !!!!!!!!!!  >:( >:(

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Re: Best Emperor Concerto Performer
Reply #3 on: May 13, 2006, 06:10:38 AM
zimerman's recs of all the beethoven concertos are definitely the best. no questions asked.
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Offline krittyot

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Re: Best Emperor Concerto Performer
Reply #4 on: May 13, 2006, 09:29:54 AM
Freire and Michelangeli get my vote.
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Re: Best Emperor Concerto Performer
Reply #5 on: May 13, 2006, 09:48:49 AM
Michelangeli with Celebidache is phenomenal, esp. 3rd movement. I checked a couple years ago and at that time it was still available on LP only.
And don't forget to include Gilels (he made a few recordings).

Offline maxy

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Re: Best Emperor Concerto Performer
Reply #6 on: May 14, 2006, 04:48:24 PM
on the poll it's meanest... on the topic it's best...

I find Edwin Fischer fantastic, but no way it's the "meanest"...

Gilels is awesome.

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Re: Best Emperor Concerto Performer
Reply #7 on: May 14, 2006, 04:50:44 PM
Rubinstein, 1957 with Josef Krips/Symphony of the Air.

Michelangeli is right behind, but Rubinstein has more warmth. I've always liked his Beethoven playing, it's an underrated area of his playing, particularly his last recording, op.31 #3. He never slams the music like many pianists do. In Beethoven a lot of the power is built in to the texture, and there's no need to use extra force. Rubinstein, who had built in physical power and never had to force or push any music for big effects is ideally suited to play Beethoven.

I heard Boris Berman play this Concerto a few years ago; a great performance, the best I've heard live.  
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Offline jlh

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Re: Best Emperor Concerto Performer
Reply #8 on: May 14, 2006, 07:17:02 PM
on the poll it's meanest... on the topic it's best...

I find Edwin Fischer fantastic, but no way it's the "meanest"...

Gilels is awesome.

I think "meanest" is used in the poll to mean "best".  There would be no point in seeing who people think plays it with the most meanness... and I'm not sure, without banging, how one would convey that you're playing it mean (maybe you'd have a scowl or frown on your face? Maybe kill a baby or two while raping a cat as you play?).  What's the point?  I don't get it, so "meanest" has to mean "best".
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Re: Best Emperor Concerto Performer
Reply #9 on: May 17, 2006, 02:37:17 PM
Where the hell is Kempff !!!!!!!!!! 
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Offline burstroman

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Re: Best Emperor Concerto Performer
Reply #10 on: May 27, 2006, 11:24:24 PM
I was always rather fond of Walter Gieseking's performance.
 

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