View Poll Results: Who is your favorite Schubertian pianist?

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  • Schnabel

    6 10.34%
  • Horowitz

    4 6.90%
  • Richter

    21 36.21%
  • Kempff

    14 24.14%
  • Arrau

    6 10.34%
  • Brendel

    16 27.59%
  • Perahia

    4 6.90%
  • Lupu

    5 8.62%
  • Uchida

    9 15.52%
  • Lewis

    4 6.90%
  • Others (specify in the comments)

    9 15.52%
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    Lightbulb Who is your favorite Schubertian pianist?

    Schubert piano works (esp the sonatas) were not popular in the 19th century. Following the championship of Schnabel in early 20th century, they become part of the core piano repertoire.

    Who among these great pianists are the best Schubert pianist?
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    Schubert manages that most supreme of feats, to be melancholy without being maudlin, his pain is not a mockery of pain but truly heartfelt, and he manages to pass that though with all of its complexities in his music.

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    An interesting poll. But where's Goode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    An interesting poll. But where's Goode?
    In Others choice..
    Schubert manages that most supreme of feats, to be melancholy without being maudlin, his pain is not a mockery of pain but truly heartfelt, and he manages to pass that though with all of its complexities in his music.

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    I'll abstain from voting as I haven't listened to most of those, but from what I have heard I really like Zimerman's playing on the Impromptus. Not sure if he recorded the Sonatas or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peeyaj View Post
    In Others choice..
    Well, that's OK, gave me a chance to vote for Lewis.

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    Kempff for me... and especially for the Sonatas.
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    Surprised to see Horowitz listed,Schumann yes but Schubert ?
    Schnabel's Schubert is the "greatest",but I'm sure that the older recordings will not suit some members.after all we all know that excellence of recording is far more important than excellence of performance.
    But there are a number of Schubert specialists missing :
    Emil Gilels,Paul Badura-Skoda,Shura Cherkassky,Robert Goldsand,Clifford Curzon(!!),Lili Kraus,Rudolf Serkin (Richard Goode's teacher),Joerg Demus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moody View Post
    Surprised to see Horowitz listed,Schumann yes but Schubert ?
    Schnabel's Schubert is the "greatest",but I'm sure that the older recordings will not suit some members.after all we all know that excellence of recording is far more important than excellence of performance.
    But there are a number of Schubert specialists missing :
    Emil Gilels,Paul Badura-Skoda,Shura Cherkassky,Robert Goldsand,Clifford Curzon(!!),Lili Kraus,Rudolf Serkin (Richard Goode's teacher),Joerg Demus.
    Curzon!! That's my bad.. I planned to add him but it slipped in my mind, I added Horowitz instead. The first recording I heard is Horowitz' D.960, I like it the first I've heard it but since listening to other versions, I began to loathe it.
    Schubert manages that most supreme of feats, to be melancholy without being maudlin, his pain is not a mockery of pain but truly heartfelt, and he manages to pass that though with all of its complexities in his music.

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    Andreas Staier:



    He may not be greater pianist that those from the poll options but he certainly plays on greatest pianos of them all, by far.
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    Monstrously, unfairly difficult choice to make! I chose Richter for audacity and risk, but as bland as it is to say, I think I really like every pianist listed. I have been listening to Michael Endres' large set (just reissued [?] by Capriccio), and I am liking his approach immensely. But anyway, I cast yet another vote for the Richter Cult.
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    Impromptus: Schnabel, Yudina, E.Fischer
    Moments Musicaux, 3 Klavierstücke: A rare case of preferring Brendel (Philips)
    Wanderer: Kuerti

    Sonata 18: definitely Richter, brilliant classics
    Sonata 19: don´t know
    Sonata 20: don´t know
    Sonata 21: Horowitz RCA (very fast and controversial, mostly unpopular), Horowitz DG, Richter/praga, Yudina, Damgaard

    Overall: hesitantly Richter

    EDIT: Gilels in Sonata 14/op.143 on youtube must surely be the most extrovert version around ?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vngRfaE3gnw
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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    Impromptus: Schnabel, Yudina, E.Fischer
    Moments Musicaux, 3 Klavierstücke: A rare case of preferring Brendel (Philips)
    Wanderer: Kuerti

    Sonata 18: definitely Richter, brilliant classics
    Sonata 19: don´t know
    Sonata 20: don´t know
    Sonata 21: Horowitz RCA (very fast and controversial, mostly unpopular), Horowitz DG, Richter/praga, Yudina, Damgaard

    Overall: hesitantly Richter
    Hah. Interesting breakdown. This picking and choosing among Pianists and Pieces is either 1) a courageous specificity or 2) a wishy-washy reluctance to commit.



    [I'll go with 1)]

    Being too scatter-brained for such precision, I must take the Broad View: Schnabel, Kempff, Richter, Demus, with an honorable mention to Afanassiev for an amazing D960.

    [wishy-washiness thereby admitted]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    Hah. Interesting breakdown. This picking and choosing among Pianists and Pieces is either 1) a courageous specificity or 2) a wishy-washy reluctance to commit.



    [I'll go with 1)]

    Being too scatter-brained for such precision, I must take the Broad View: Schnabel, Kempff, Richter, Demus, with an honorable mention to Afanassiev for an amazing D960.

    [wishy-washiness thereby admitted]
    Agree, Demus seems quite underrated, cf. his relatively early Debussy and Franck recordings, but I don´t know his Schubert except the fine Moments Musicaux and the Impromptus D935 (DG-Polydor LP). Any others ?
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    Kempff and Uchida for the sonatas
    Brendel for the Impromptus
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    Current, Lewis. Past, Lupu. Others, Sokolov, Brendel, Uchida.
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