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Offline njalli

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Best prerformance on La Campanella?
« on: December 12, 2009, 12:00:35 AM »
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Offline arvhaax93

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #1 on: December 27, 2009, 03:51:34 PM »
The one played by Yundi Li I think is the best one out there.

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Re: Best performance on La Campanella?
«Reply #2 on: December 27, 2009, 04:25:34 PM »
Yes, I also like Yundi Li's version best.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #3 on: December 27, 2009, 08:38:08 PM »
György Cziffra or André Watts.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #4 on: January 01, 2010, 09:08:54 AM »
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Alice de Larrocha plays it with kind of the same tempo as Mr. Li, but it's just... better somehow.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #5 on: January 01, 2010, 11:17:14 PM »
Hofmann and Friedman are my favorites.
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #6 on: January 02, 2010, 08:14:41 AM »
For live performance, definitely for me Alexey Koltakov's at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition a few years' back. It's on Youtube if anyone's at all curious.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #7 on: January 02, 2010, 12:25:26 PM »
Hofmann

I read that he would play it perfectly even though he was too drunk to walk or talk  ;)
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #8 on: January 06, 2010, 08:10:11 AM »
Evgeny Kissin's version:


I personally prefer Kemal Gekic's version:


Gekic improvised in some places. Note particularly the final. Sounds like he would play the melody in octaves within the canon. I'm not sure, but it sounds good!

Offline slow_concert_pianist

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #9 on: January 13, 2010, 02:19:56 AM »
Do a P2P search for Busoni's piano roll or Horowitz, but I do like Kissin's interpretations (be it he occassionally seems to be reading a different score ::)).

I look for clean execution of detail and not "showmanship"
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #10 on: January 13, 2010, 04:11:13 AM »
I look for clean execution of detail and not "showmanship"

Then, my friend, you look for Jeanne-Marie Darré.
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #11 on: January 13, 2010, 05:51:03 AM »
Andre Watts..yes indeed..The most magical and best interpretation..a few mistakes at the end..but it does not take away the energy behind his interpretation!

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #12 on: June 07, 2010, 03:34:05 PM »
So there is this version on YT with Jun Asai...and she completely made me want to leave work and start playing this piece immediately. Scary good.



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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #13 on: June 17, 2010, 04:57:03 AM »
Dammit, now someone tell me where she's hiding that damn bell...Please

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #14 on: June 17, 2010, 12:19:16 PM »
Yundi Li
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #15 on: June 17, 2010, 07:51:36 PM »
To me everything Yundi Li plays is stiff, but he certainly captures the mood

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #16 on: June 18, 2010, 08:04:20 PM »
To me everything Yundi Li plays is stiff, but he certainly captures the mood

How on earth could these two get together?  :P  ???

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #17 on: June 19, 2010, 12:54:32 AM »
I'm not talking about interpretation. I'm talking about technique. His technique looks and sounds stiff which I suppose accounts for the almost metallic tone he produces out of the piano.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #18 on: June 20, 2010, 04:14:44 AM »
DEFINATELY YUNDI LI

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #19 on: January 27, 2011, 03:59:11 PM »
I know this post is really old, but I couldn't help replying anyways. For me, hands down Jun Asai's version:




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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #20 on: January 27, 2011, 07:54:29 PM »
A. de Larrocha. Amazing.
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #21 on: January 27, 2011, 08:07:48 PM »
Valentina Lisitsa.
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #22 on: February 13, 2011, 08:04:19 PM »
I'll put in another vote for Evgeny Kissin.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #23 on: February 16, 2011, 07:05:09 AM »
This question is perhaps a matter of taste but I personally think Yundi Li's performance is by far the best. I especially love his ending. I can't help myself from listening to it over and over.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #24 on: February 17, 2011, 08:10:21 PM »
used to like cziffra but I found out that yundi li is far more precise in his playing. the coda is quite inspiring.
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #25 on: February 19, 2011, 06:52:06 AM »
Hoffman is my favorite by I like Yundi Li as well...

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #26 on: February 27, 2011, 07:40:11 AM »
Yundi Li hands down. It's unrivaled in all aspects.
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #27 on: October 25, 2011, 11:42:52 AM »
my favourite 3 reocrdings: cziffra, yundi li and george li.
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #28 on: January 25, 2014, 05:53:09 AM »
Definitely Kissin's!

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #29 on: January 25, 2014, 08:20:01 AM »
Yundi Li's doesn't necessarily have any flaws, I just find Kissin's version much more cohesive.  His coda is an incredible release of tension that has gradually built throughout. 

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #30 on: January 27, 2014, 01:37:14 PM »
Definitely Kissin's! I've heard lots of "La Campanella" version played by different people, and so far he stands out, it's just simply marvellous.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #31 on: January 31, 2014, 02:24:29 AM »
I have to give this one to Yundi Li. He is well known for his interpretation on La Campenella.


Kissin's version is very stiff pedaled. Some people say it makes it sound more like bells, but I believe that it makes it sound a little to awkward. But that's just my opinion.
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #32 on: January 31, 2014, 09:50:04 PM »
Noo, this is my favourite ... so soft and wonderful.  :-*


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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #33 on: February 01, 2014, 02:14:24 AM »
Cziffra!!
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #34 on: February 03, 2014, 04:08:09 AM »
natalia kartashova


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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #35 on: February 05, 2014, 10:10:17 AM »
I love the recordings that really make it sound like the pianist is tight rope walking while playing it.  Delicate, fast, virtuosic, crisp.  And then they can bang away on the last page if they like  8)

I enjoy about two dozen recordings of this piece haha... the only ones I don't like as much are the more amateur ones (but I can't really criticize... it's usually a student who is still working on it).  But ya, I'm easily pleased with this piece however it's played.
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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #36 on: February 10, 2014, 03:43:41 AM »
Musically I like Yundi Li's version the best, in terms of how he draws out the phrasing. From a technical standpoint though Evgeny Kissin's is better (Yundi skips some notes and rearranges which hands plays which notes). Alicia de Larrocha's version is just magically crisp and clear. For sheer amazement though I think this one is great (10 years old):

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #37 on: February 12, 2014, 07:14:33 AM »
Although very different, I like Grigory Ginsburg and Josef Lhevinne.

Ginsburg has a video version (which is on youtube) made in his late years (when he was already very ill), but also there is an earlier studio recording, which in my opinion is spectacular and is one of the very best ever made, where every note is like a diamond.  

Lhevinne plays Busoni version. I am yet to hear any modern so called "virtuoso" to match or for that matter just to get anywhere close to such refinement and ease of truly transcendental and just fabulous virtuosity--also on youtube.

While you are on that check out his Schultz-Evler - The Blue Danube, which is possibly the one single pinnacle of piano achievement...

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #38 on: February 12, 2014, 08:09:34 AM »
Ogdon also played the Busoni version but I don't recall much refinement.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #39 on: February 14, 2014, 05:59:16 AM »
Ogdon was an enormous talent--a man of big ideas, great courage, and global thinking. Refinement was just not his aesthetics. But we love him for different reasons (of course, with all his ups and downs). I remember his la Campanella from Tchaikovsky competition--it was pretty outstanding (and of course, Ravel Oundine and Liszt Mephisto Waltz).

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #40 on: February 26, 2014, 04:15:40 PM »
Although very different, I like Grigory Ginsburg and Josef Lhevinne.

Incredible choices! A bit of a cheap shot considering both of these legends easily bury any modern pianists! It makes me feel slightly classless to suggest:



Not the best, but certainly one of the most entertaining.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #41 on: March 04, 2014, 10:54:19 PM »
Another waste of time to comment on an encore-piece. Why not für Elise.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #42 on: March 06, 2014, 06:27:57 AM »
Another waste of time to comment on an encore-piece. Why not für Elise.
Why not post a new topic by yourself and stop talking negative?

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #43 on: March 06, 2014, 08:13:36 AM »
Why not post a new topic by yourself and stop talking negative?
I have Frederic, I have keep looking. I'm not the only one who thinks about thes "best  .... by". Look for similar posts.
Ok, we've debated on the issue in the best of Beethoven interpretation. I explained clearly my point, and others agreed, no ? This is not negative, but ironic. Stop it here. I understand your view but disagree. Ok . Fine, let's go on.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #44 on: March 20, 2014, 02:55:30 PM »
Alexei Grynyuk

http://www.allmusic.com/album/liszt-piano-sonata-petrarch-sonnets-mephisto-waltz-la-campanella-mw0002546060

Unfortunately, his La Campanella is not yet available in youtube.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #45 on: September 26, 2014, 06:47:44 PM »
Youri Egorov's version is one of the best interpretation I've ever heard ;D


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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #46 on: September 27, 2014, 01:30:14 AM »
Ignaz Friedman (Busoni Version)

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #47 on: September 29, 2014, 02:27:14 PM »
I think Busoni's performance is the best of all.

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Re: Best prerformance on La Campanella?
«Reply #48 on: October 05, 2014, 11:48:41 PM »
I nth Kissin's interpretation. It is a shame that the famous YouTube performance was as an encore at the end of an exhausting recital for the young Russian.

You can see fatigue setting in and sweat clearly dripping off his face, not in single droplets but a steady stream. I believe he also loses a hair in the performance.

Also, it is riddled with technical errors. And it's really fast for an Allegretto. But the performance just strikes a chord with me for some reason.