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post #16 of 40
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Originally Posted by Thracozaag
Paul Muni is my favorite actor, period.

koji


No votes for Hugh Grant
post #17 of 40
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Originally Posted by designprofessor
No votes for Hugh Grant

I will give Julian Sands credit for his Liszt.

koji
post #18 of 40
Perhaps Stefan Askenase on the old Deutsche Grammophon lps.
post #19 of 40
Thracozaag . . . Mr. Muni was a wonderful actor. The man who played Chopin, was Cornel Wilde.
post #20 of 40
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Originally Posted by Thomas
Complete agreement on the late Beethoven sonatas.

For Chopin, though, I recently re-visited Argerich's '65 recital and was hooked.

I've never understood the praise heaped on Argerich; she makes Chopin sound like Rachmaninov and seems to rush everything. I recently compared her LSO disc of Chopin's first piano concerto (coupled with Liszt's first, a pre-Indian Summer Abbado conducting) and her performance of the Liszt doesn't compare to Richter's, who played like the music was written for him. She's a great talent, to be sure, but with the abundance of audio wealth put out by the record companies there's no need to settle for her interpretation in anything unless you take to her pianism (which I don't).

Pollini's recording of Schoenberg's piano output (recently reissued on DG with the piano concerto thrown in for good measure) really shows him in his element.
post #21 of 40
Hélène Grimaud what what?
post #22 of 40
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Originally Posted by metaphysician
I've never understood the praise heaped on Argerich; she makes Chopin sound like Rachmaninov and seems to rush everything. I recently compared her LSO disc of Chopin's first piano concerto (coupled with Liszt's first, a pre-Indian Summer Abbado conducting) and her performance of the Liszt doesn't compare to Richter's, who played like the music was written for him.

I know Argerich is a polarizing figure, and I'm also not classically trained so I know I'm a bit out of my element. I favor the impetuous, rushed quality, to a degree, and marvel at her pianism, which is very likely exercised at the expense of the composer's intentions for a piece. I find it exciting and sometimes more accessible, and a great antidote to the morning blahs.

The first classical recording I heard that I liked was the Russian Sailor's Dance, conducted by Ormandy, and the finale was faster and more vigorous than anything I had ever heard. It made me realize that classical music isn't just for old ladies in the parlor, but is a vibrant, living force. Argerich's best work gives me that same impression and for that reason I am a fan.
post #23 of 40
Of living pianists, I would keep my eye (and ear) on Quebec pianist, David Jalbert. On the radio, it must have been the CBC, I heard his recording of a Chopin Nocturne. Very enchanting. He has just released a recording of all of Faure's Nocturnes.
post #24 of 40
Rubinstein.

BTW, this week I heard Van Cliburn play Tchaikovsky 1. Pretty dismal. One of his encores was the A-Flat Polonaise. A smidgen better.
post #25 of 40
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Originally Posted by mistahlee
Rubinstein.

BTW, this week I heard Van Cliburn play Tchaikovsky 1. Pretty dismal. One of his encores was the A-Flat Polonaise. A smidgen better.

Van Cliburn's is such a sad story. I heard Joyce Yang play the Tchaikovsky 1 recently in Washington and she's earned the hype and expectation surrounding her (maybe she can overtake Bang Bang in a couple of years?). I bought her CD at intermission; the recording of Carl Vine's piano sonata is thrilling.
post #26 of 40
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Originally Posted by metaphysician
Joyce Yang ... I bought her CD at intermission; the recording of Carl Vine's piano sonata is thrilling.

Just ordered it. Thanks.
post #27 of 40
he's certainly not the best, but my favorite chopin pianist is my son...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-ZWn7TywyU

paul
nyc
post #28 of 40
I have to defer to Koji on this one, but Earl Wild has done some good work.
post #29 of 40
I like Adam Neiman's interpretations of Chopin. very passionate about playing AND lecturing about Chopin's music.
post #30 of 40
I always loved Phillipe Entremont the best. First time I ever heard Chopin (when I was about 4 years old) he was the one playing on my grandma's record player and I've been fascinated ever since. He does a pretty good version of Tchaikovsky's piano concerto no.1 as well. Dallas piano lessons
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