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Offline evitaevita

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Great Piano Recitals!
« on: April 10, 2013, 08:04:43 AM »
Has anyone ever attended any recital of a great, maybe historic, pianist?
If yes, would you like to share your experience?

P.S. Obviously, this question goes to pianostreet's older members!
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Offline birba

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Re: Great Piano Recitals!
«Reply #1 on: April 10, 2013, 01:17:12 PM »
A few that stand out in my memory:
Michelangeli, chopin sonata, op.35, rome
                    Ravel, gaspard de la nuit, new york
Arrau,           Beethoven, op. 111, new york
Novaes,         Chopin, preludes
Rubenstein.    Chopin, scherzo no. 3, rome
                      Chopin concerto e minor, newark n.j.
Bachauer.       Moussorsgy, pictures  rutgers, n.j.
Kempff.          Schuman, davidsbundler, new york
                     Mozart,     Fantasy c minor, rome

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Re: Great Piano Recitals!
«Reply #2 on: April 11, 2013, 02:52:30 PM »
One that sticks in the memory was Pollini, RFH London, 90's maybe. He played Petrouchka and it was stunning. He'd earlier made a recording, and some critics hinted that it was spliced out of many takes: the live performance demonstrated that he unquestionably had absolute mastery of the piece. He also seemed a genuinely modest man, whose goal was to serve the music alone.

Offline evitaevita

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Re: Great Piano Recitals!
«Reply #3 on: April 12, 2013, 04:03:09 PM »
I'm really jealous of you two! :D
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Arthur Rubinstein

Offline outin

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Re: Great Piano Recitals!
«Reply #4 on: April 12, 2013, 05:07:20 PM »
A few that stand out in my memory:
Michelangeli, chopin sonata, op.35, rome
                  

I don't usually feel envious for other people, but suddenly feel a green monster creeping up... :(

I'll better go watch a DVD of his RAI performances...a little comfort...

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Re: Great Piano Recitals!
«Reply #5 on: April 12, 2013, 09:01:45 PM »
Perhaps not one of the greatest of greats but I saw Earl Wild live. What was memorable to me is that it was early on in my studies of piano and had not seen a live recital of this caliber before. He started playing and stopped almost immediately to scold an onlooker for having taken a flash photo of him playing. Then resumed playing as if he never stopped. My first thought was what a snot, I've since changed my mind on that outlook.
Depressing the pedal on an out of tune acoustic piano and playing does not result in tonal color control or add interest, it's called obnoxious.