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Postby Jeliness2 » 31 Dec 2004, 19:15

Who are your favorite pianists?

I personally like best:

Vladimir Horowitz
Sviatoslav Richter
Martha Argerich
Maria-Joao Pires
Alfred Cortot
Ruth Laredo
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Postby Max » 31 Dec 2004, 19:25

DA ZIFF! 8)

Best pianist. evar.
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Postby Chozart » 31 Dec 2004, 20:02

with limited pianist knowledge/experience, I very much enjoy the playing of Horowitz, Richter, Tomsic, Cziffra, and Yundi Li

there's probably a bunch more, but I'm lazy and can't recall now and have much more to explore
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Postby Philip Daniel » 31 Dec 2004, 20:57

Walter Gieseking is by far my favorite of all the great pianists. :D
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Postby TheRach » 31 Dec 2004, 21:18

In no particular order...

Attwood :D
Gould
Horowitz
Cziffra
Agerich
Volodos
Hamelin
Paul Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Yundi Li
Lang Lang :shock:
Richter
Rachmaninoff
Moiseiwitsch
Pollini
Rubinstein
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Postby Goldberg » 01 Jan 2005, 01:13

Without a doubt, CZIFFRA! Anyone on the forums can tell you that (heck, just look at my avatar), but I must say Cziffra has had a greater effect and influence on me than any other artist to this day...not only do I recognise him as one of (or "the" as I would say in a more casual conversation) the best pianists in the last 5 decades, I would also consider him one of the most misunderstood and even underrated.

But, other than that, I'm quite a huge fan of:
Gyorgy Sandor
Godowsky
Gould
Hamelin
Volodos
Artur Rubinstein
Michelangeli
Tatum
Hough
Libetta
Kuerti
And, as always, it seems like I'm forgetting some other big names...
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Postby beethoven » 01 Jan 2005, 04:47

Kempff, Brendel, Richter, Gilels, Arrau, Serkin, Schnabel
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Postby aout4 » 01 Jan 2005, 05:06

so far, I like Horowitz, Yundi Li, Cziffra, Gould, Agerich (and of course there are many many others)

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Postby beethoven » 01 Jan 2005, 09:49

OHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I FORGOT GOULD

sorry mr. gould. please don't take me away..... :cry:
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Postby An!ma` » 01 Jan 2005, 12:40

Horowitz is on top. Other pianists I love: Gilels, Kapell and Cziffra.
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Postby Jeliness2 » 01 Jan 2005, 14:12

Pollini
How could I forget......
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Postby beethoven » 01 Jan 2005, 14:45

Jeliness2 wrote:Pollini
How could I forget......


More I listen to Pollini, more I believe that he is only good for certain works... I wish he was the same pollini as he was after winning the chopin comp...
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Postby Jake » 01 Jan 2005, 18:55

The one thing my favorite pianists have in common is their excellent techniques and full command over the instrument. That is essential for me. The differences are in their dramatically different styles and interpretations. These five muthaf*ckas best represent everything I love about piano music.

#1: Gilels

Gilels seems to produce the most miraculous sounds of all pianists, so he's my #1. Beethoven sonatas are the best I've ever heard. Brahms is untouchable.

#2: Cziffra

His technique was nearly as good as Hamelin's is, but he was more willing to UNLEASH. His Liszt is incredible; exciting as well as sublime. Comme has told me that the ZIFF recorded some 'KAN. We can only hope it surfaces one day.

#3: Horowitz

Imaginative, creative, original. His Horowitz in Moscow CD was one of my first, and triggered my interest in piano music.

#4: Hamelin, (AKA: Dré, Da DOC, André 3000)

Unbeatable technique, true to the composer's intentions. He's certainly not as wild as Cziffra or Horowitz, but I don't find him boring at all. His tone is pure, and beautiful. His repertoire is commendable. He's a super-pimp-Pollini-on-crack, IMHO. 8)

Honourable mention to Arrau for his Beethoven, Brahms, and TEs. Some of his stuff is too slow for my taste though.
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Postby Brewtality » 05 Jan 2005, 21:43

I like most of the great pianists (not to be confused with most famous)
but my favourite has always been Horowitz.
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Postby Thracozaag » 05 Jan 2005, 23:34

My top five favorite:

Kapell
Lipatti
Horowitz
Gilels
Cziffra

and of course a million others.....

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