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Wigmore Hall As Schiff's Magic Laboratory

Sir Andras Schiff's eloquence as a teacher and profound insights as a thinker about music make his Masterclass sessions irresistible to participants and audiences alike. Through the course of this event an outstanding young musician, chosen by Sir András himself, will explore some of the repertoire featured in the previous evening's concert. Read more >>

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« on: September 15, 2004, 06:24:14 PM »

I was just thinking : is there one or two pieces that best define a pianist's art ? Not necessarily the piece a pianist is usually associated with in people's mind, but a piece that best expresses the performer's musicality and style ? Well, this is my list for a couple of pianists that I like. Let me know what you think :

V Horowitz :
Chopin, Ballade #1 in G minor
Liszt, Mephisto Waltz

S Richter :
Scriabin, Sonata #5
Moussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition

G Gould :
French Suite #5 (especially the Sarabande)

M Pletnev :
Bach/Busoni : Chaconne in D minor

M Argerich :
Chopin, Polonaise op. 53

S Francois :
Debussy, L'Isle Joyeuse

A Rubinstein :
Albeniz, Navarra

W Gieseking
Debussy, Preludes

A Brendel
Liszt, piano concerto #1

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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2004, 06:55:24 PM »

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I was just thinking : is there one or two pieces that best define a pianist's art ? Not necessarily the piece a pianist is usually associated with in people's mind, but a piece that best expresses the performer's musicality and style ? Well, this is my list for a couple of pianists that I like. Let me know what you think :

V Horowitz :
Chopin, Ballade #1 in G minor
Liszt, Mephisto Waltz

I would say Rach 3rd concert, 2nd sonata

S Richter :
Scriabin, Sonata #5
Moussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition

Defintely something of Prokofiev, I find the Pictures to be quite dreadful.

G Gould :
French Suite #5 (especially the Sarabande)

 They don't call it the "Gouldberg" for nothing.

M Pletnev :
Bach/Busoni : Chaconne in D minor

Sure, why not.

M Argerich :
Chopin, Polonaise op. 53

S Francois :
Debussy, L'Isle Joyeuse

Certainly; also his Gaspard.

A Rubinstein :
Albeniz, Navarra

Any of the EMI Chopin performances.


W Gieseking
Debussy, Preludes

yup

A Brendel
Liszt, piano concerto #1

 uhh...don't get this one...most people would probably say his Beethoven (which I don't particularly care for).  I would nominate his Haydn sonatas, which as fabulous.
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I'll add:

Cziffra: GGC, 10th transcendental Etude, Dante...basically anything Liszt

Kapell: Brahms 1st concerto, Chopin 3rd sonata, mazurkas, Rach Rhapsody, 2nd concerto..

Bolet: Chopin Preludes.

Gilels: Prok. 3rd sonata, Brahms 2nd

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2004, 07:15:53 PM »

Cziffra - HR no.9 (I love that recording!)

Arrau - basically any Beethoven Sonata, and also Feux Follets

Pollini - Chopin Sonatas

Hamelin - Alkan op.39 7-11 (the grand symphonie for piano or whatever it's called)
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2004, 06:57:14 PM »

Zimerman - Chopin Ballades
Pollini - Chopin etudes
Gilels - Waldstein Sonata (Or any Beethoven for that matter)
Horowitz - Carmen variations (The SHOWMANSHIP is clearly defined here)
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2008, 03:24:57 PM »

I'd have to add:

Perlemuter - Ravel, Gaspard de la Nuit
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2008, 05:35:15 PM »

Gina Bachauer -- Brahm's B-flat Concerto

Julius Katchen -- well, all Brahms' solo music

Cliburn -- Tchaikovsy Concerto

Anne Queffelec -- Ravel "tombeau" and "Gaspard"

John Browning -- Barber Concerto
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2008, 06:28:08 PM »

Ivo Pogorelich: Gaspard
Lazar Berman: Liszt Transcendental Etudes (or any Liszt!)
Andre Gavrilov: Islamey
Jonathan Powell: Opus Clavicembalisticum (coming soon, I hope!)

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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2008, 02:22:29 AM »

Bolet: Chopin Preludes.

Really?  Can't say I'm a fan.  Not a huge Bolet fan anyway except for the live Tannhauser rec which is phenomenal.
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