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Offline steinway13

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Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
on: January 05, 2008, 11:31:09 PM
who do you think are the top ten pianists in the world.

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #1 on: January 05, 2008, 11:33:08 PM
not sure about top ten but Stephen Hough is one of the best pianists that i've watched perform
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #2 on: January 05, 2008, 11:33:30 PM
This goes in the polls section. And stop with these threads already! There are plenty in the polls section.

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #3 on: January 06, 2008, 08:36:25 AM
em...just for my Perference ONLY ;D ;D
that's rather subjective.

1. Martha Argerich [tie] Maurizio Pollini
2. Nelson Freire
3. Krystian Zimerman [tie] Daniel Barenboim
4. Evgeny Kissin
5. Ivo Pogorelich
6. Alicia de Larrocha
7. Alfred Brendel
8. Maria Joao Pires
9. Stephen Kovacevich

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #4 on: January 06, 2008, 09:10:49 AM
Sure, I'll join in. What harm can come out of it. In no order:

1. Marc-André Hamelin
2. Leif Ove Andsnes
3. Krystian Zimerman
4. Pierre-Laurent Aimard
5. Stephen Hough
6. Steven Osborne
7. Geoffrey Tozer
8. Howard Shelley
9. Jonathan Powell
10. Ian Pace

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #5 on: January 06, 2008, 09:16:03 AM
Sure, I'll join in. What harm can come out of it. In no order:

1. Marc-André Hamelin
2. Leif Ove Andsnes
3. Krystian Zimerman
4. Pierre-Laurent Aimard
5. Stephen Hough
6. Steven Osborne
7. Geoffrey Tozer
8. Howard Shelley
9. Jonathan Powell
10. Ian Pace

that's so different from mine....but i defintely love Andsnes =]

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #6 on: January 06, 2008, 12:29:12 PM
Only a top 5 in no particular order


Hamelin
Kissin
Lugansky
Sokolov
Volodos
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #7 on: January 06, 2008, 03:56:14 PM
I'm not sure about a top 10, but I wouldn't hesitate to put Ingrid Haebler at the top of the list.
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #8 on: January 06, 2008, 05:00:20 PM
Angela Hewitt
Jeno Jando
Michael Ponti
Mylene Klass
Elton John
Yundi Li
Ying Tong
Iddle i Po
Pianistimo
Lang lang lang
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #9 on: January 06, 2008, 07:23:10 PM
that's so different from mine....but i defintely love Andsnes =]

JUST Andsnes? You're missing out.

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #10 on: January 06, 2008, 09:52:11 PM
V. Ashkenazy and S. Hough

Two totally different pianists who have some amazing recordings out, both live and in studio.
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #11 on: January 06, 2008, 10:03:49 PM
How about Pletnev and Sokolov?

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #12 on: January 07, 2008, 02:53:37 AM
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #13 on: January 07, 2008, 03:13:23 AM
Here are my top ten:






























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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #14 on: January 07, 2008, 03:27:05 AM
YES. A mention of Zoltan Kocsis. Well done.  :)

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #15 on: January 07, 2008, 03:42:08 AM
YES. A mention of Zoltan Kocsis. Well done.  :)

Thanks :)  No comment on my colorful choice of picture for Andsnes?

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #16 on: January 07, 2008, 04:33:33 AM
Kissing up to Per Tengstrand much? One can only hope he will look at this thread.

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #17 on: January 07, 2008, 04:33:57 AM
about the asdnes: the genius of that pic speaks for itself.  ;D

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #18 on: January 07, 2008, 04:40:58 AM
Thalberg, who are the 3 last ? And are you designating leon or elizabeth on the 4th last picture haha.

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #19 on: January 07, 2008, 05:44:26 AM
Thalberg, who are the 3 last ? And are you designating leon or elizabeth on the 4th last picture haha.

I was designating Elizabeth.  I love her playing.

The last 3.....

Orion Weiss....he's a guy I knew from school.  He got called to substitute for Andre Watts when he was 16.  I've heard some amazing performances from him.  He's about 25 now.  He studied with Emmanuel Ax at Juilliard, and like Elizabeth, was a Gilmore Artist.  His Bach A minor English Suite was incredible--I didn't know it was possible for it to sound that way.

Gilles Vonsattel.  I heard him in the Cleveland International Competition in... I think 2001.  He was 20.  His Prokofiev 7th was out of this world.  He later went on to win Naumberg.  He is Swiss.  And has a masters degree from Juilliard.  That's all I know. 

Elton John.  I put him in there as a joke.  Then I read the rest of the thread and saw that Thalbergmad had already done that.  Haha.  I guess great Thalbergs think alike.

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #20 on: January 07, 2008, 03:26:14 PM
humm
ANTON SOLERBILENSKY
VALENTINA LISITSA
MARTHA ARGERICH
POLLINI MAURICIO
EVGENY KISSIN
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #21 on: January 07, 2008, 04:11:12 PM
Why so few people mention Lugansky?
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #22 on: January 07, 2008, 09:21:51 PM
Why so few people mention Lugansky?

Because he has not done anything to prove that he is the best.

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #23 on: January 07, 2008, 10:34:24 PM
Because he has not done anything to prove that he is the best.
Listen to his Rachmaninoff Etudes or watch his corelli variations on youtube.
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #25 on: January 07, 2008, 10:51:27 PM
Listen to his Rachmaninoff Etudes or watch his corelli variations on youtube.

I have. I have also listened to most of his disks and seen his La Roque d'Anthéron and his Prokofiev 2nd Concerto performances and I still think he isn't one of the best. He is still a good pianist though.

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #26 on: January 08, 2008, 12:38:24 AM
In no particular order, my ten are:

Lisitsa
Zimerman
Hamelin
Beresovsky
This Guy
Maksim
Yundi Li
Kempf
Kissin
Sekiya
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #27 on: January 08, 2008, 01:58:38 AM
Lugansky is Awesome!~
I was going to list him before I read any of the responses to this post.  Im glad someone else feels the same way.  He's in my top 3 for sure.
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #28 on: January 08, 2008, 02:36:44 AM
1. Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
2. Marc-André Hamelin.
3. Ian Pace.
4. Francesco Libetta.
5. Jonathan Powell.
6-10. ...some others.
11. Michael Finnissy.
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #29 on: January 08, 2008, 02:44:40 AM
Thanks :)  No comment on my colorful choice of picture for Andsnes?

Yeah, I'll comment:  that's a total riot!  Where on earth did you find that, thalberg?  I think you may be one of those maniacs who are on the short list of American National Treasures!

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #30 on: January 08, 2008, 03:20:41 AM
Do a search for "Andsnes" on Google Images and you'll find it. It's on the first page. I talked to a Norwegian friend of mine and he said that it appeared in a newspaper over there.

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #31 on: January 08, 2008, 03:37:53 AM
Argerich
Perahia

There're a bunch I also like but their performance hasn't been stable.

And there're Pollini and Kissin who are deteriorating... (... didn't mean to offend...)

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #32 on: January 08, 2008, 04:13:02 AM
Yeah, I'll comment:  that's a total riot!  Where on earth did you find that, thalberg?  I think you may be one of those maniacs who are on the short list of American National Treasures!

Your new best friend,

Whit

Hahaha awesome.  Finally someone else who sees the humor.   ;D ;D

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #33 on: January 08, 2008, 07:14:43 AM
Angela Hewitt
Jeno Jando
Michael Ponti
Mylene Klass
Elton John
Yundi Li
Ying Tong
Iddle i Po
Pianistimo
Lang lang lang
And people ask (albeit in another thread) where the fun has gone on this forum?!...

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #34 on: January 08, 2008, 09:56:38 PM
Angela Hewitt
Jeno Jando
Michael Ponti
Mylene Klass
Elton John
Yundi Li
Ying Tong
Iddle i Po
Pianistimo
Lang lang lang

plus,

Ou Ee Ou Aa-Aa
Ting Tang
Walla-Walla Bing Bang

(and last, but not least . . . )
Dame Brenda Blithering

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #35 on: January 10, 2008, 03:28:11 AM
 first let me say hi to all...that's my post number one.

 then here's my list (no particular order):
 uchida
 argerich
 freire
 pollini
 vercillo (he's an italian pianist although not famous he is fabulous)
 aimard
 hough
 ashkenazy
 pizarro
 barenboim

 i like lugansky too. his recording of chopin's preludes is cool.  8)
 is larrocha alive?!? i was sure that she were dead... what a stupid myself  :P
 and the prize for the best outfit goes to elton john!!! he rocks!  ;D


 

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #36 on: January 10, 2008, 11:17:10 PM
I haven't heard some of those pianists, so I'm not knocking any of them by not including them, but some of my favourites are,

Brendel
Katsaris
Argerich
Ashkenazy
Berezovsky
Gavrilov (young)

Unfortunately too many of the greats are fallen.

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #37 on: January 12, 2008, 03:34:30 AM
1) Maurizio Pollini
2) Li Yundi
3) Martha Argerich
4) Mikhail Pletnev
5) Ivo Pogorelich
6) Yin Cheng Zhong
7) Stephen Kovacevich
8) Murray Perahia
9) Stephen Hough
10) (can't think of any.  but if Alexei Sultanov were to be still alive, he would be high on my list)

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #38 on: January 12, 2008, 07:36:58 AM
10 of them no order?
Claire Huangci
Ingolf Wunder
Ivo Pogorelich
Martha Argerich
Marc-Andre Hamelin
Cyprien Katsaris
Boris Berezovsky
Nelson Freire
Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
the last one i dont know between Perahia,Pletnev or Hough....


edit...randomly i forgot Sokolov...how could i
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #39 on: January 12, 2008, 09:18:58 PM
i´m toootally w/you...

why lugansky?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

so, why soo many good pianists spent most of their time studying a lot if you al last take any pianist on youtube as your favourite?
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #40 on: January 13, 2008, 09:59:09 PM

why lugansky?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Because he's a damn good pianist...
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #41 on: January 14, 2008, 01:42:37 AM
Because he's a damn good pianist...

Agreed. One of my favorites.

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Reply #42 on: January 18, 2008, 06:39:40 PM
Because he's a damn good pianist...

maybe... there´s nothing written bout tastes =) ;)
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #43 on: January 18, 2008, 09:47:37 PM
I can't come up with ten, but here is my list, in no particular order:

Pogorelich
Sokolov
Argerich
Zimerman
Bronfman
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #44 on: January 25, 2008, 10:35:00 AM
JUST Andsnes? You're missing out.

of course i know the rest of them..
but they are just not my cup of tea...i prefer mine
it doesn't mean that i'm ignorant, duh!

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #45 on: January 25, 2008, 12:02:38 PM
JUST Andsnes? You're missing out.

Sorry for my ignorance, but I don't know this name. Any free recordings to get a sense so I could justify jumping over all commercial recordings ever released?

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Reply #46 on: January 25, 2008, 12:15:49 PM
Sorry for my ignorance, but I don't know this name. Any free recordings to get a sense so I could justify jumping over all commercial recordings ever released?

I don't know about free recordings, but if you can find somewhere his Grieg concerto (which I haven't heard, to be honest), it is probably advisable, as this was his "touring piece" for a number of years and the piece for which he initially became well known.

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Reply #47 on: January 25, 2008, 03:32:08 PM
I don't know about free recordings, but if you can find somewhere his Grieg concerto (which I haven't heard, to be honest), it is probably advisable, as this was his "touring piece" for a number of years and the piece for which he initially became well known.

Best,
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Check out his recording of the Grieg, Schumann concerto...
and Rach 1 and 2...they are fabulous
I find Andsnes' interpretation somewhat unique   

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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #48 on: January 26, 2008, 09:50:05 PM
Keith Jarret  :D
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Re: Top Ten pianists still that are a live.
Reply #49 on: January 26, 2008, 09:55:37 PM
Keith Jarrett  :D

Not in terms of classical music. Jazz, yes. But I'm sorry, the man cannot play classical music as well as most of the other people mentioned.
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