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    Tchaikovsky's piano trio, Gilels-Kogan-Rostropovich live.
    Haydn's 6 SQ op.50, old Tokyo SQ
    Saint-Saens's first violin son, Heifetz-Bay
    Goldmark's v.c., Milstein
    Taneyev's violin suite, Miaskovsky's and Kabalevsky's v.c. Oistrakh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odnoposoff View Post
    Tchaikovsky's piano trio, Gilels-Kogan-Rostropovich live.
    I'll have to listen to this recording, then! I've always like the Horowitz - Stern - Rostropovich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sofronitsky View Post
    Hey that's the video I always share with everyone! Richter really 'killed' that piano, you gotta admit.

    Ok, so solely from the piano repertoire, here are a few (edit: a few? hardly. more like a million ) performances that I feel have absolutely never been surpassed by anyone nor will ever be surpassed in the future.

    Richter... the master...

    Prokofiev - Concerto #5 (as PROVEN above) & Sonata #6
    Scriabin - Sonata #5
    Rachmaninov - Concerto #2
    Schubert - Sonata d.960 (no, not even Brendel or Haskil...) & d.894
    Schumann - Fantasy in C

    Michelangeli... who despite having a very small repertoire may even have more hit performances than Richter.

    Bach-Busoni - Chaconne (THE single most definitive performance of a work in the history of music)
    Chopin - Prelude, op. 45
    Rachmaninov - Concerto #4
    Liszt - Totentanz
    Debussy - Preludes & Images (do I hear some Gieseking fans out there? )
    Ravel - PC & maybe Gaspard
    Brahms - Paganini Variations
    Scarlatti - practically any sonata he played

    And others -

    Sofronitsky... any Scriabin I've heard besides 5th Sonata
    Cortot... Chopin's Preludes & Schumann's Davidsbundlertanze
    Horowitz... Funeiralles from Liszt's Harmonies & Rach 3
    Serkin... the Waldstein & if not for Richter and Rubinstein Schumann's PC
    Gilels... Prokofiev's 3rd Sonata & Brahms 1
    Hamelin... Alkan's three big pieces - Concerto, Symphony for Solo Piano & Sonate
    Kapell... Liszt's Mephisto Waltz
    Pollini... Boulez's 2nd Sonata
    Argerich... Prok 3 & Rach 3 too if not for Horowitz
    A.Fischer... Beethoven's 3rd Concerto, also really like her late Beethoven Sonatas
    Haskil... Mozart #23
    Aimard... Ligeti's Etudes

    Darn, I want to do Feinberg for Bach's WTC, but Edwin Fischer is in the way... and leaving off Schnabel, Rachmaninov and Arrau feels criminal... there's still somebody missing I feel... RIGHT. Josef Hofmann - Chopin's 4th Ballade. Backbreaking intensity - changed my life!

    Now I can conclude this post in peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Josef Hofmann - Chopin's 4th Ballade. Backbreaking intensity - changed my life!
    I completely agree with this! I hate when people say that pianists like Sofronitsky and Hofmann disgrace the composers they played with their so-called unfaithful interpretations. If I was at a concert where a pianist played the 4th Ballade like that, I would stand on my feet clapping until I was silenced by ushers. And that's if I could stand up.

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    Two other Chopin's pieces recordings I know since I remember and never heard superior interpretations:




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    I love the art of Piano Smashing. It's quite unique.
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    Michelangeli's Recording of Ravel's Concerto in G, and that waterfall sound like of trills in candeza ... ! what a performance ! Never heard a trill playing so perfect and so gentle like this .
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    Just remembered one more : Lhévinne's Recording of Chopin Etude Op.25 No.6 in G sharp minor, thirds flow down like raindrops, extraordinary fast but completely brilliant ... just listen to it , incredible performance !
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    Steve Isserlis: Bach Cello Suite #6. The gigue is breathtaking... as well as the rest of it.

    Neville Marriner: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields- Mozart: Symphony #41

    Quatuor Ebène: Debussy String Quartet. A lot of people 'respect' this quartet, but don't love it to the level they do the Ravel. This is honestly the only recording I've heard that really gets the piece, and there is no way I'm going to be able to express how much I love it.

    Anatol Ugorski: Beethoven Diabelli Variations.

    Alfred Brendel, Sir Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Mozart Piano Concerto #20

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    This:



    Nothing else will do.

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    Lang Lang R. Schumann "Traumerie"
    Rekindled my interest and got me through the doldrums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    This:



    Nothing else will do.
    Heifetz will, although that perfomance is excellent.

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    Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 - Van Cliburn/Kondrashin
    Wagner's Tristan und Isolde - Bohm/Nilsson/Windgassen
    Sibelius's Symphony No. 5 - Sir Neville Marriner/LSO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravellian View Post
    Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 - Van Cliburn/Kondrashin
    What's so special about that recording? Don't get me wrong, Van Cliburn is a great pianist, but I feel like it's Russian pianists who really "own" that concerto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webernite View Post
    What's so special about that recording? Don't get me wrong, Van Cliburn is a great pianist, but I feel like it's Russian pianists who really "own" that concerto.
    It was recorded right after he famously won the Tchaikovsky Competition with it, as an American playing Russian music in the USSR at the height of the Cold War.

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