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Who performs Beethoven better?
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Brendel
33%
 33%  [ 6 ]
Kempff
11%
 11%  [ 2 ]
Pollini
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Arrau
27%
 27%  [ 5 ]
Serkin
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Schnabel
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Richter
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Horowitz
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Goode
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Kuerti
5%
 5%  [ 1 ]
Others(specify in your posts who)
22%
 22%  [ 4 ]
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 4:27 pm    Post subject: Who performs Beethoven better? Reply with quote

In my idea Kempff, Brendel, Pollini, Arrau are among the greatest Beethoven interpreters. Also Serkin is a great one, but he breaths too heavily. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I voted Arrau. Smile

BTW: you might want to include Gilels up there for his fantastic, but unfortunately incomplete set of Sonatas.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, yeah. Thanks for reminding me. I love his "in-complete" set Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted to vote more than once! Arrau is fantastic, the 'thinking mans' approach to them, Richter has immeasurable power in his playing, and Gilels and Pollini are also good.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wheres da pirahna
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the best imo are Arrau and Gilels. I also really like the Horowitz recordings of pathetique and Appassionata, i wish he recorded more beethoven.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, i wish horowitz could have recorded more beethoven
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yarr, Gilels and Pollini for me, as I haven't heard too much of the others.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beethoven wrote:
yeah, i wish horowitz could have recorded more beethoven


He also recorded 101 and the Emperor Concerto.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thracozaag wrote:
beethoven wrote:
yeah, i wish horowitz could have recorded more beethoven


He also recorded 101 and the Emperor Concerto.

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He recorded 101? Damn, I have to listen to that
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't really give an impartial answer, since I have heard not a large amount for a credible opinion. But from previous experiences of hearing some of these great pianist, and from other member's exaltation: Brendel and Schnabel. These two are legendary for playing Beethoven more than any other composers. I have the complete set of Beethoven sonatas by Goode, and they are extremely good. I would state that he is also one of the best for beethoven's music.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far I've refrained from answering because I simply can't, as WinterWind put it, provide a credible opinion. I haven't heard at least half of those listed names play ONE Beethoven piece, much less a significant number of sonatas. However, I have heard both Kuerti and Goode (whose complete set I also have) extensively, and of the two I agree primarily with Kuerti's interpretations; so I'll vote A.K.

Though I'd like to give the honourable mention to John O'Conor...not simply because he's Irish but because he has a perfectly subtle touch for a lot of the sonatas! Of course, I can't say I like some of his sonatas because of this introversion.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my first beethoven CD was rubenstien, so everytime i hear pc 4 or 5, I use his playing of those as a guide...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beethoven wrote:
Thracozaag wrote:
beethoven wrote:
yeah, i wish horowitz could have recorded more beethoven


He also recorded 101 and the Emperor Concerto.

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He recorded 101? Damn, I have to listen to that




I read Horowitz could play all the sonatas, but never recorded a lot of them.

Actually, Horowitz could play a frigging lot, but he didn't record too much of it;).
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I read the same thing. I also read his Hammerklavier was way better than, Serkin (Beethoven specialist)
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