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  • Anda

    5 13.51%
  • Barenboim

    6 16.22%
  • Cortot

    3 8.11%
  • Firkusny

    3 8.11%
  • Glemser

    1 2.70%
  • Hess

    2 5.41%
  • Jando

    4 10.81%
  • Landowska

    3 8.11%
  • Lugansky

    0 0%
  • Perahia

    11 29.73%
  • Richter

    28 75.68%
  • Serkin

    9 24.32%
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Thread: favorite pianists, round 2 of 5

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    Default favorite pianists, round 2 of 5

    This is the second of 5 rounds, each of 12 candidates; the top three from each round will meet for a final round of 15 to determine nothing less than who has been the absolute greatest pianist included in the original five rounds. (The first poll is still open for a few more days - favorite pianists, round 1 of 5 - so if you haven't voted, do so soon! At this time the winners of that round appear likely to be Gilels, Pollini, and Hamelin.)

    Please do take this all with a grain of salt - or, perhaps, a sea-full of salt - and vote for your most beloved.

    If your favorites are still not on this list, don't worry! There's a round 3. And a round 4. And so on. Up to round 5. And if your favorites still aren't in any of the rounds... I hope you'll have forgotten by then.
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    A chance to vote for Dame Myra! Well, I assume it's not Rudolph. Nice.


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    I mostly know and listened to Gould and Ashkenazy.

    From this list I think Barenboim, Jando and Richter are the better ones ...

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    Voted Richter, Serkin, Anda.

    I don´t really get the great Cortot hype concerning Chopin etc. if compared to other pianists (early Rubinstein, to mention one).

    A few months ago I wouldn´t have voted for Anda, but: had to revise my opinion. His Mozart is varied and interesting, his Schumann (Symphonic Etudes, Fantasia in C) excellent and innovative.

    As regards Serkin, I like his early mono recordings in particular, whereas the later ones are solid.

    From what I´ve heard of piano-playing Landowska, her style was sweet, but perhaps lacking some contrast.

    I don´t know of a Firkusny recording that excels other versions of a piece.

    All this being of course the opinions of a layman, albeit dedicated.
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    Dang...I expected Richter to be at the top of the votes, but I'm saddened by how low Perahia is .

    I think he's by far my favorite "living" pianist and is in my Top 5 of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by realdealblues View Post
    Dang...I expected Richter to be at the top of the votes, but I'm saddened by how low Perahia is .

    I think he's by far my favorite "living" pianist and is in my Top 5 of all time.
    I would have selected Perahia - if I thought it meant the under 30 version.
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    ^Has he got appreciably worse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quack View Post
    ^Has he got appreciably worse?
    [ref Perahia]

    My impression is that he traded involvement for formula.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    ....A few months ago I wouldn´t have voted for Anda, but: had to revise my opinion. His Mozart is varied and interesting, his Schumann (Symphonic Etudes, Fantasia in C) excellent and innovative....I don´t know of a Firkusny recording that excels other versions of a piece....
    Anda - Bartok PCs

    Firkusny - Janacek

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    I see but can't see the love for Jando.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quack View Post
    ^Has he got appreciably worse?
    I think he was always worse.
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    Unsurprisingly, Richter has done quite well. But I'm surprised at the lack of support for Wanda Landowska. She's primarily known for her brilliant performances of Bach on her bizarre harpsichord, but she was also incredible on the piano. Perahia is a very good pianist, I love his Mendelssohn "Song's Without Words."

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    Quote Originally Posted by clavichorder View Post
    Perahia is a very good pianist, I love his Mendelssohn "Song's Without Words."
    I love his Mendelssohn, Chopin & Mozart.

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    Darn it! Missed part one. That's okay, none of my favourites were in it (except Hamelin, who I didn't use to like until I heard him live this weekend).

    Perahia's was by far the best live concert I have ever attended. What untouchable poise and maturity—I have never heard anything that has ever come close.
    So I voted for him and Barenboim. I don't mind Richter, but I didn't vote for him because I predicted (correctly) that he would be over-idolized anyways...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarterJohnsonPiano View Post
    I don't mind Richter, but I didn't vote for him because I predicted (correctly) that he would be over-idolized anyways...
    I have to admit, there is more hype about Richter than I think his playing deserves sometimes. I'm sure he was a phenomenal presence to behold live, with fearsome energy, and that energy can really come across in the recordings, but sometimes he's mechanical compared to the musical deliberation of Gilels or the sometimes random passion of Horowitz, both of whom I prefer.

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