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Best Chopin pianist?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by imageWIS, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Who was / is the best pianist top play Chopin?

    Jon.
     
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    Connemara Senior member

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    Krystian Zimerman is really something else when it comes to Chopin. Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Italian, obviously) made some of the most beautiful Chopin recordings I've ever heard...definitely poetic.

    Then, of course, there is the grand master. Vladimir Horowitz. While I think he did Scarlatti best, his Chopin is out of this world.

    We need Koji to comment[​IMG]
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Some of my faves:

    Kapell
    Lipatti
    Cortot
    Friedmann
    Rubinstein
    Horowitz
    Rubinstein
    Malcuzyinski
    Hofmann
    Gilels


    koji
     
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    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I am a complete naif in this area, but what are your thoughts on Pollini?
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    I am a complete naif in this area, but what are your thoughts on Pollini?

    I loved Pollini's playing early in his career (I have some etudes of his recorded live at the age of 14 and they're stunning--much better than his sterile studio recording), but for some reason, perhaps after studying with Michelangeli and wishing to emulate that type of playing, became very cold and boring for me. The last time I heard him live in nyc was a major disappointment. (Manton will vigorously disagree with me here).

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    If I had to pick one it would be Rubenstein. As an added bonus, many of his recordings are now being remastered and issued in superior sound.

    I also like Kissin and Moravec.
     
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    If I had to pick one it would be Rubenstein. As an added bonus, many of his recordings are now being remastered and issued in superior sound.

    Since you like Ruby, I would highly recommend you get the Kapell volume from the complete RCA set with the Mazurkas and 2nd and 3rd sonatas; Kapell modeled his Chopin very much on that objective Rubinstein style, but with better technique.

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    The band Mercury Rev does a good take, if you want it with a modern twist.
     
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    imageWIS Senior member

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    I am a complete naif in this area, but what are your thoughts on Pollini?

    Oh, no...here we go (luckily you didn't mention Schubert...).

    Jon.
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Pollini's Chopin is a little cold. It's one of the rare cases where I agree with the widespread criticism of Pollini. But his 1977 recording of the Beethoven late sonatas is my personal favorite marriage of performer and composer. Perfect!
     
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    [​IMG]

    Any fans of Chopin would enjoy this movie. High camp, but extremely entertaining. Soaring, musical score . . .
     
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    Athur Rubinstein is my favorite. [​IMG]
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    [​IMG]

    Any fans of Chopin would enjoy this movie. High camp, but extremely entertaining. Soaring, musical score . . .


    Paul Muni is my favorite actor, period.

    koji
     
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    Pollini's Chopin is a little cold. It's one of the rare cases where I agree with the widespread criticism of Pollini. But his 1977 recording of the Beethoven late sonatas is my personal favorite marriage of performer and composer. Perfect!

    Complete agreement on the late Beethoven sonatas.

    For Chopin, though, I recently re-visited Argerich's '65 recital and was hooked.
     
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    Paul Muni is my favorite actor, period.

    koji



    No votes for Hugh Grant[​IMG]
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    No votes for Hugh Grant[​IMG]

    I will give Julian Sands credit for his Liszt.[​IMG]

    koji
     
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    Perhaps Stefan Askenase on the old Deutsche Grammophon lps.
     
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    Thracozaag . . . Mr. Muni was a wonderful actor. The man who played Chopin, was Cornel Wilde.
     
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    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.
     

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