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Offline pianissimo123

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The best pianist /composer. Ever.
on: July 13, 2010, 03:31:46 AM
Who do you think has the best musicality? The best technique? The biggest aptitude for music?
Which composer was the ultimate?  Speak out. Let everyone know who your favorites are..and why.  ;)
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Offline mike1515

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #1 on: July 13, 2010, 09:38:52 AM
Without any doubts, J.S. Bach...
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Offline gyzzzmo

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #2 on: July 13, 2010, 06:52:42 PM
Mozart, for his diversity and quality. That is as a composer ofcourse. There is no point in saying 'who was the best pianist ever', since there is no way of objectivly comparing (for example) Liszt with Sokolov.
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Offline point of grace

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #3 on: July 14, 2010, 02:38:09 AM
Rachmaninoff!!!
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Chopin Polonaise Op. 53
Brahms Op. 79 No. 2
Rachmaninoff Op. 16 No. 4 and 5

Offline wert718

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #4 on: July 23, 2010, 03:19:10 PM
ME!

jk, Beethoven or Liszt.
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Offline magio

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #5 on: September 11, 2010, 01:18:12 PM
For me, the most gifted pianists in the world(except for me :P) are the pianists who make even the world's most difficult piano pieces ever sound very easy under their fingers!
From men:
Evgeny kissin
From women:
Valentina Lisitsa
For instance:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz_iA8TSDtI
She plays it as if it was a piece for beginners!
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Offline m2r

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #6 on: December 11, 2010, 04:20:20 AM
It either has to be bach or mozart hands down.

Offline fleetfingers

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #7 on: December 11, 2010, 06:52:07 AM
I am glad to see that others responded with Mozart (it seems like everyone usually says Chopin). Mozart is definitely my favorite. Every once in a while, I will focus on another great composer - whom I also love - and I even think for a while that they are my new favorite. But, I always gravitate back to W.A.M. I've been watching some youtube videos of violinists lately - mainly concertos - and I am not familiar with the pieces. Several times, I have thought to myself, "Ooh, I love this one," only to notice that it's a Mozart piece. It's amazing to me that he was able to come up with so many lovely melodies.

Offline angierc

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #8 on: December 30, 2010, 03:31:02 PM
I would say Liszt... He's both a great composer and pianist..
but Rachmaninoff is one of the best in both composing and piano..
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Offline sevencircles

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #9 on: December 30, 2010, 05:10:19 PM
There are many old people on this forum apparently.  ;)

At least one that is more then 260 years old and couple of  persons that are more then 220 year old  ;D

Sorry I couldnīt resist but the only pianists we can comment  are pianists recorded not even Liszt was recorded, not even on a pianoroll  :(


Offline retrouvailles

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #10 on: December 30, 2010, 08:34:48 PM
There are many old people on this forum apparently.  ;)

At least one that is more then 260 years old and couple of  persons that are more then 220 year old  ;D

Sorry I couldnīt resist but the only pianists we can comment  are pianists recorded not even Liszt was recorded, not even on a pianoroll  :(

Yes, thank you for saying exactly what I was thinking. Anyone who says any composer from before the era of recording is the best pianist/composer is obviously not understanding the question.

Here are some picks of mine: Marc-André Hamelin, Magnus Lindberg, Stephen Hough, Leopold Godowsky.

Offline overfjell

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #11 on: February 18, 2011, 10:47:12 AM
Why are people saying Bach? He never composed for piano D:

For me, the greatest piano composers; Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Debussy, Alkan and Scriabin.
Now learning:
Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 1 in C Major
Rachmaninoff Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G Minor
Chopin Polonaise Op. 40 No. 2 in C Minor
Scriabin Prelude for the Left Hand Alone

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #12 on: February 19, 2011, 10:53:13 PM
I have to say Chopin. He has made extremely many genial pieces. I love his music.
I\'m a classical, boogie woogie and pop/rock pianist.

Offline retrouvailles

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #13 on: February 20, 2011, 06:59:20 AM
Why are so many people mentioning composers that lived before the recording era (Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, etc)? These people are impossible to mention, for there is no one alive who could have heard them play.

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #14 on: March 03, 2011, 10:41:24 PM
chopin and liszt. chopin for his beautiful melodies and liszt for combining virtuosity and musicality so perffectly
Pieces I am working on
Complete Chopin mazurkas
Pictures at an Exhibition
Beethoven Pathetique sonata
Schumann Papilions

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #15 on: August 25, 2011, 09:29:46 PM
In my opinion, the best composers are Chopin, Debussy, and Gershwin

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #16 on: August 28, 2011, 03:51:19 PM
Hmmm..., Probably a toss up between Bach and Mozart......
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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #17 on: August 29, 2011, 03:47:09 AM
Wow, no one seems to be reading any of the previous posts, nor the original post. You can't name someone who lived before the recording era!

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #18 on: August 30, 2011, 02:09:10 AM
Wow, no one seems to be reading any of the previous posts, nor the original post. You can't name someone who lived before the recording era!

Wow, where in the original post does it read recording era ?? 
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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #19 on: August 30, 2011, 07:03:30 AM
The original post implies that it is possible to listen to the pianist/composers in recordings, and that isn't possible with all of these composers who lived before the recording era (Bach, Beethoven, etc).

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #20 on: August 30, 2011, 02:26:41 PM
!?  For the better part of civility I speak no more...
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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #21 on: October 16, 2011, 12:01:09 PM
Romantic period: Liszt, Alkan and Thalberg.
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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #22 on: February 06, 2012, 11:35:21 AM
Top 10: Excluding Liszt, Thal and Alkan


Beethoven: From what I heard, a great pianist and an improviser too, who could snap piano strings at will and dazzled audiences with his playings.

Mozart: probably the greatest child prodigy I heard of and had a gift of composing.

Hummel: I heard that Beethoven considered Hummel to be a rival and the second best pianist after him. I think he was also a student of Mozart.

Tausig: I think he was said by many to be the only person with a technique that was comparable to that of Liszt, particularly his octave technique.

Rachmaninoff: his large hands were an advantage because he could play big chords and large stretches with little difficulty.

Scriabin: Don't knwo much but judging by how well he plays his own pieces, he a damn fine pianist.

Brahms: Hailed by Schumann as his successor. Don't know much about his technique.

Czerny: I don't know about him but he taught the greatest pianist ever and left behind a stash of technical exercises which many consider fundamental to a pianist.

Hamelin: his transcriptions are excellent and has a large repertoire.

Chopin: I don't know....

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #23 on: February 06, 2012, 05:39:05 PM
Stephen Hough is the best mix of everything.
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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #24 on: February 09, 2012, 02:29:18 PM
John Ogdon should be mentioned I think. At least before his mental breakdown  :P

A better pianists then composer without any doubt.

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #25 on: March 10, 2012, 09:38:29 PM
Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Mozart ;D
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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #27 on: April 17, 2023, 04:55:30 AM
By general consensus, Bach and Liszt respectively.

Horowitz for best classical pianist of the recorded era.

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #28 on: April 17, 2023, 05:09:56 AM
Was it really worth necro'ing a 5 year old thread???

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #29 on: April 17, 2023, 06:05:57 AM
Was it really worth necro'ing a 5 year old thread???


Well perhaps Admin should lock defunct threads!

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #30 on: April 17, 2023, 09:36:20 AM
It's just, it's usually a tactic a lot of spammers have been using to insert hyperlinks into threads - usually by picking old threads and just typing a random reply as well.

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Re: The best pianist /composer. Ever.
Reply #31 on: May 21, 2023, 01:46:44 AM
That's not even a question, it's Bach for approximately 99.9648329057893107532% of pianists. (Well maybe a bit less, but just to get a general idea...)
Advanced pianist and beginner composer. The Schubert sonatas are amazing and I want to learn all of them eventually!
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