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    Well? Whatchy'all thank? Young, old, new, matured, whatever. Who would you say are, or are going to be the great pianists of our time? Or do you just think everything sucks and classical is dead on the whole. Anyways yea. Anyone that comes to mind, feel free to post away without judgement or scrutiny. Can't wait to see what you all think

    P.S. What do you guys think of Sokolov? I don't know what to make of him
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    Brendel.. but he retired, right?

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    I think Leslie Howard qualifies, partly because of his enormous Liszt cycle. Marc-André Hamelin because of his choice in repertoire and his position an old-fashioned virtuoso.

    I'm not sure Steven Osborne and Paul Lewis count as great but I love many of their recordings.
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    Sokolov blew me off my socks when I heard him.
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    Lupu, Zimmermann, Perreia, Leonskaja, Slåttebrekk, Steen-Nökleberg, Pogorelich, Sokolov, Argerich, Crossley
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    I like Perahia and Sokolov, although Perahia's recordings seem to be better than his live performances.

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    i forgot to mention kovacevich and jando
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    Sokolov. Hamelin.
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    There are a great number of fantastic pianists whose recordings I will cherish for decades, but the title of "Great" tends to be reserved for only a handful each century, as we look back and think who epitomised the art. It's almost impossible to tell who will take that spot, but the safest bet is no doubt Argerich.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mephistopheles View Post
    There are a great number of fantastic pianists whose recordings I will cherish for decades, but the title of "Great" tends to be reserved for only a handful each century, as we look back and think who epitomised the art. It's almost impossible to tell who will take that spot, but the safest bet is no doubt Argerich.
    You are right on both counts and cetainly I find it bizarre that a pianist becomes great by recording a lot of Liszt---he's got a long way to go.
    As for Perahia he's the only artist I ever walked out on.
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    It is not a good idea to bandy the word "great" around too easily. there are not many greats in any sphere of activity.
    When it comes to pianists dexterity of fingers does not make a "great" there is more to it than that.
    I would think that the followng might be called great:

    Rachmaninoff,Busoni,Moritz Rosenthal,Josef Lhevinne,Percy Grainger,Artur Schnabel.Alfred Cortot, Walter Gieseking,William Backhaus, Egon Petri,Horowitz,Claudio Arrau,Edith Farnadi, Lili Kraus, Annie Fischer.Shura Cherkassky, Rudolf Serkin.

    No doubt I've missed a few but there are not many.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Webernite View Post
    I like Perahia and Sokolov, although Perahia's recordings seem to be better than his live performances.
    I heard Perahia in Vancouver last year—the live performance absolutely blew me away! I have never heard Sokolov live, but all of his recordings blow me away too.
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    Schiff, Zimerman, Perahia, Sokolov, Pressler, Pollini.

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    I think it would be wrong to nominate pianists that you haven't heard live. Can we scrap all those?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarterJohnsonPiano View Post
    I heard Perahia in Vancouver last year—the live performance absolutely blew me away! I have never heard Sokolov live, but all of his recordings blow me away too.
    Well, I've never heard Perahia live. I've just listened to recordings of him playing live.

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