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    We have recently had discussions as to who is the greatest pianist of all time. But who are the best pianists around today who are still active in the concert hall and In recording? Some suggestions:

    Argerich
    Freire
    Lupu
    Pollini
    Paul Lewis
    Aimard
    Hamelin
    Kovacevich
    Perahia
    Baremboim
    Steven Hough
    Volodos
    Ashkenazy
    Pletnev

    It is my opinion that these pianists would be able to hold their head high in any age.

    Of the young generation there is:
    Benjamin Grosvenor, whose debut CD I was most impressed with
    Yuja Wang - unless you have an aversion to miniskirts on the concert platform
    Lang Lang - shock horror from the Musical PC crowd - as No less a person than Fanny Waterman said: 'He's a showman but I wouldn't mind having his pair of hands.'

    Be interested to know peoples opinions and also other good pianists of today.
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    Steen-Nøkleberg
    Sigurd Slåttebrekk
    Argerich
    Leonskaja
    Pollini
    Crossley
    Lupu
    Sokolov
    Pogorelich
    Pires
    Perahia


    Worth to mention:

    Schiff
    Kovacevich
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    The older I get the more I appreciate transparent performing. I don't know if that's the right word. I mean performers who don't intrude too much of themselves or their own quirkiness into a piece. And so, much as everyone loves her, I am steering away from Martha Argerich. I think her Schumann piano concerto DVD was the deal breaker for me.

    So I would lean toward Ashkenazy, Perahia, Baremboim, and most definitely Andras Schiff.

    Mention should be made of Mitsuko Uchida who has almost single-handed helped me appreciate Mozart.
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    I like Mitsudo Uchida, and like Weston, she's my Mozart player. I also have her performing Beethoven's final two sonatas. I also like Daniel Barenboim.

    We have in Ireland a fabulous young concert pianist, Finghin Collins, who's technically brilliant but also a very expressive performer...
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    Zoltan Kocsis
    Louis Lortie
    Yefim Bronfmann
    Matti Raekallio
    Boris Berman
    Horacio Gutierrez
    Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Maria Lettberg
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    In the realm of interpretation, Sokolov is the finest pianist alive today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran View Post
    I like Mitsudo Uchida, and like Weston, she's my Mozart player. I also have her performing Beethoven's final two sonatas. I also like Daniel Barenboim.

    We have in Ireland a fabulous young concert pianist, Finghin Collins, who's technically brilliant but also a very expressive performer...
    On the subject of Uchihida.........

    Mitsuko Uchida is unwell. She is being replaced in Berlin on the 24th by Elena Bashkirova, Mrs Barenboim, and (we hear) at the Konzerthaus in Vienna on January 29 by…. Menahem Pressler, who will be 90 in December.

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    Anybody think Pollini is a little bit overrated, especially in 19th century repertoire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hausmusik View Post
    Anybody think Pollini is a little bit overrated, especially in 19th century repertoire?
    I don't think so. Like everyone else, his interpretations are influenced by his 'turn of mind'. If yours doesn't fit in with his, his playing probably won't work for you. My,ah, mental workings are close enough that many of his recordings work.

    Even the pianist once known as a sort of 'universal solvent' (Arthur Rubinstein) was not appreciated by everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    On the subject of Uchihida.........

    Mitsuko Uchida is unwell.
    I'm sad to hear that. I hope it isn't serious and she gets well soon...

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    I'm a big fan of Helene Grimaud myself, I like her interpretations of a lot of different piano works. And Barenboim is probably my favorite overall for the Beethoven sonatas...there's a couple I feel he doesn't perform that well but overall I think he did an excellent job!h

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    ...his interpretations are influenced by his 'turn of mind'....My,ah, mental workings are close enough that many of his recordings work.
    Interesting---could you elaborate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran View Post
    We have in Ireland a fabulous young concert pianist, Finghin Collins, who's technically brilliant but also a very expressive performer...
    Ooh. I hope he interprets John Field, next to Beethoven just about my favorite composer for the piano. I know that's a rather large statement.

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    I haven't heard Finghin perform John Field but I HAVE seen him in the John Field Room in the National Concert Hall in Dublin! It is a large claim you're making on behalf of John Field but his music is probably almost worth it...
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    Aimard, Alexeev, Alikhanov, Anderszewski, Angelich, Argerich, Ashkenazy, Ax, Babayan, Bavouzet, Barenboim, Berezovsky, B. Berman, Boffard, Braley, Brendel, Bronfman, Brown, Canino, Ciccolini, Crossley, Demidenko, Devoyon, Douglas, Feltsman, Fingerhut, Fleisher, Freire, Gavrilov, Gelber, Geringas, Goode, Golan, Graffman, Grimaud, Guy, Hamelin, Hegedus, Hough, Janis, Jarret, Joselson, Jumppanen, Kalichstein, Kempf, Kocsis, Korobeinikov, Kovacevich, Lagerspetz, Lane, Laul, Le Sage, Le Van, Levinas, Lewis, Lupu, MacGregor, MacLachlan, Maisenberg, Margalit, Melnikov, Moravec, Mustonen, Oh, Oppens, Orkis, Pappano, Pisarev, Pletnev, Pires, Pogorelich, Pollini, Pontinen, Postnikova, Pressler, Queffelec, Rivers, Rodriguez, Roge, Scherbakov, Schiff, Schlime, P. Serkin, Shelley, I. Schnittke, Sokolov, Sudbin, Sulzen, Tateno, Tchetuev, Tharaud, Thibaudet, Tichman, Tipo, Tomes, Tomsic, Ts'ong, Uchida, Xiao-Mei, Zacharias, Zimerman.

    I've tried to pay tribute to every pianist (concerti, chamber, solo) in my collection, that is still breathing. I may have missed some. Some may not be active (Pires and Brendel recently retired). Some most assuredly have their best days behind them. Hopefully, none have passed. heh heh

    Of those I've named, the soloists who I feel still have a formidable career ahead of them-- Aimard, Anderszewski, Angelich, Bavouzet, Hamelin, Korobeinikov, Lewis, Melnikov, Mustonen, Sudbin, Tharaud, Xiao-Mei.
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