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Offline stormx

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Most recorded pieces?
on: April 14, 2005, 03:21:13 PM
Hi !!

Just curious... ::)

What do you think are the classical solo piano pieces MOST RECORDED? How many versions do you esteem are out there?

My guess are that they should be the well known Beethoven Sonatas, and many Chopin pieces...I have no idea how many versions are available, tough...

A roughly guess, that can be COMPLETELY WRONG:
100 versions of Moonlight Sonata?

PD: I mean commercially available releases...

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Re: Most recorded pieces?
Reply #1 on: April 14, 2005, 10:34:37 PM
Prelude in G minor by Rachmaninoff seems REALLY recorded. As of what I know, moonlight as not been recorded that much.

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Re: Most recorded pieces?
Reply #2 on: April 15, 2005, 01:07:00 AM
FUR ELISE



AAAAAAAAH GOD SAVE US
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Offline apion

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Re: Most recorded pieces?
Reply #3 on: April 15, 2005, 01:10:23 AM

Offline tds

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Re: Most recorded pieces?
Reply #4 on: April 15, 2005, 01:10:41 AM
if only it were my piece. tds *sits back*
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Offline thierry13

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Re: Most recorded pieces?
Reply #5 on: April 15, 2005, 01:14:11 AM
Fur elise is the most played, not the most recorded. Allmost every people who play it do it really poorly. So Für elise records are not seen quite often.

Offline steinwayguy

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Re: Most recorded pieces?
Reply #6 on: April 15, 2005, 01:41:44 AM
Hi !!

Just curious... ::)

What do you think are the classical solo piano pieces MOST RECORDED? How many versions do you esteem are out there?

My guess are that they should be the well known Beethoven Sonatas, and many Chopin pieces...I have no idea how many versions are available, tough...

A roughly guess, that can be COMPLETELY WRONG:
100 versions of Moonlight Sonata?

PD: I mean commercially available releases...

Completely wrong is right. I know for a fact that there are abpout 170  commercial recordings of the Rach 3, meaning the Moonlight is probably upwards of 1000, if not more. But yes, I'd bet on the Beethoven sonatas or symphonies.

Offline Pumpkinhead

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Re: Most recorded pieces?
Reply #7 on: April 15, 2005, 01:44:53 AM
Nearly every famous virtuoso has the Liszt Sonata recorded.

Offline Goldberg

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Re: Most recorded pieces?
Reply #8 on: April 15, 2005, 01:55:24 AM
Actually I think it's the Chopin Ballades, particularly the 1st one. The Rach 3 comes in pretty close though. I'm not sure there are as many recordings of the (complete) Beethoven sonatas and symphonies as one might think, though (of course then again I thought that for the Ballades as well until I read that the recordings are made amazingly frequently).

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Re: Most recorded pieces?
Reply #9 on: April 15, 2005, 02:32:48 AM
Just went over to arkivmusic.com and did some simple searches.

Chopin's Noctunre in E flat Op. 9, no. 2 -- 186 recordings
Beethoven "Appassionata" Sonata -- 162
Liszt Liebestraum -- 165
Mozart Rondo alla Turca -- 160
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Re: Most recorded pieces?
Reply #10 on: April 15, 2005, 07:22:20 AM
Just went over to arkivmusic.com and did some simple searches.

Thanks for the link! Didn't know this.

Für Elise is actually the most recorded work by beethoven. I was also surprised by this. And Moonlight Sonata the most recorded sonata:

Für Elise (239)
Moonlight Sonata (170)
Sonata Appassionata (162)

Offline stormx

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Re: Most recorded pieces?
Reply #11 on: April 15, 2005, 02:49:26 PM

Für Elise is actually the most recorded work by beethoven. I was also surprised by this.

Für Elise (239)


Yes, i find it quite surprising too.  :o :o

Of course, as Thierry said, it is by far the most played piece, but for that reason, and also because it is a very simple piece (for a pianist that is at a "recording" level, not for me...still struggling with the 2° interruption  :-\ :-\), i beleive most great pianist do not bother to record it...

But, facts are facts, and it seems that 239 pianists have recorded it !!!

Offline Dazzer

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Re: Most recorded pieces?
Reply #12 on: April 15, 2005, 03:43:36 PM
or 23 pianists, on 10 different cds with the same recording.

i don't think it'd actually take into account that certain recordings may be "reused" in some cds?

or maybe they're one of those "relaxing classical" cds... - shiver -
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