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    Quote Originally Posted by Haydn67 View Post
    I used to have several cds that comprised a full set of Sibelius' Piano Pieces by the Norwegian pianst Eva Knardahl. It appears they are no longer available. I heard some excerpts by Gimse on Naxos, but felt they didn't quite match the idiomatic feeling conveyed by Knardahl. You might want to try tracking down Eric Tawaststjerna's portrayals. I've also noticed Ashkenazy has recorded a good number of Sibelius' Piano Pieces and Pieces Romantique. I'm going to try to sample some of these myself. I need to re-acquire many of those pieces I enjoyed, but I want someone who can paint in my mind that atmospheric feeling for the Northern landscape, and a recording that has well balanced sound reproduction.
    I have quite a few Sibelius solo piano recordings. My favorite by far is Olli Mustonen on the Ondine label. He brings this music to life with his sharper contours and rhythmic flair.

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    My favourite piano composers of all time are
    1. Chopin
    2. Mozart
    3. Beethoven
    4. Schubert
    5. Brahms
    6. Bach
    7. Schuman
    8. Rachmaninoff
    9. Satie
    10. Tiersen

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    I enjoy the keyboard works of JS Bach, GF Handel, D. Scarlatti, & William Byrd immensely, but they didn't compose for the piano or fortepiano.

    Therefore, here's my top ten (in order of their eras):

    1. WA Mozart
    2. FJ Haydn
    3. LV Beethoven
    4. Franz Schubert
    5. Robert Schumann
    6. Frederic Chopin
    7. Johannes Brahms
    8. Claude Debussy
    9. Maurice Ravel
    10. Serge Prokofiev

    Honorable mention to Franz Liszt, Dmitri Shostakovich, Olivier Messiaen, Felix Mendelssohn, Leos Janacek, Gabriel Faure, Erik Satie, Edvard Grieg, Isaac Albeniz, & Bela Bartok.

    However, what might be more interesting--since people probably already know the solo piano works of most of the above composers--is a list of some of my favorite composers of solo piano music that are off the beaten path. Here are 13 that I've been listening to over the past several years, in addition to the mainstream composers mentioned above:

    1.Charles Koechlin: "Paysages et Marines", and "Les heure persanes", etc.:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCjU...jLwgE&index=13
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYZ6...zFL5AMfCfZlv84
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-vO...69PPTa5YDrDmGg

    2. Nikolai Tcherepnin: "The Tale of the Fischerman and the Fish", Op. 41: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANxhdtWi3jw

    3. Alexander Tcherepnin: 8 pieces for piano, Op. 88, etc.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=091Z...mH6lDXdQegz0dI

    4. Joonas Kokkonen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8gg...WTk0ZJmOyzRlMg

    5. Arvo Part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCNRioytyAI

    6. Vagn Holmboe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzpD...TCd-DqYOzDWHEk

    7. Paavo Heininen: Runoilijan soitteita, or "The Poet's tunes":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvP9E7QNPHs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC9n7T9-qJQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wS0IOC3gXg

    8. Harri Vuori:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wS4QGd_Tg0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfT0-60zLGE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzbtaF0bDeY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFZLF2MXAxI

    8. Francis Poulenc: Melancolie, etc.:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxwX...DQ0syL6k-XQyr-
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yU2TdWVBYM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7Z_3EA9pyY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDK45rPV5nA

    9. Federico Mompou--"Musica Callada", "Impresiones Intimas", and "Canciones y danzas":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjy5TjR3D1c
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDqp...l7NjGdP8dN3a0E
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZeLaY3Vp54

    10. Einojuhani Rautavaara:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWWgUtA3YrQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqEv7OhpFYE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wSNSk97hEY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvZ1dzZry1w
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nZLU8GHZDw

    11. Jean Sibelius: I've been listening to Sibelius recordings by Janne Mertanen, Marita Viitasalo, and Folke Gräsbeck (& hope to purchase the new Sony recording by Leif Ove Andsnes at some point--see link below to sample the whole CD):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRIM...yxRazLtTu2gEul
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUqiNwwgNo4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkfm...rOyxJ0p9YQMIUO
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP3g...mngAQDWkW6j5Jn
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAh2YuCZBYY

    12. Darius Milhaud: Le Printemps (parts 1 & 2), played by William Bolcom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjYX37gJkAw

    13. Martin Boykan: Usurpations, Sonata No. 3, Fantasy Sonata, etc.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBo6...nEb9_CAXDdx_Ay
    Last edited by Josquin13; Dec-16-2018 at 06:40.

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    Should Bach count, and transcribers count, here is my list:

    1. Beethoven
    The 32 piano sonatas is the new testament of piano playing.

    2. Bach
    So many masterpieces, from the WTC to the Goldberg variations to his suites and many others.

    3. Liszt
    Not only did he mainly compose for solo piano, and beautiful compositions at that, he transcribed a lot of music, including Beethoven's monumental 9 symphonies.

    4. Rachmaninoff
    Preludes, Variations, sonatas among other things.

    5. Chopin.
    So much great piano music.

    6. Mozart.
    As well, much great piano music.

    After that, I would rank 7-10 in no general order Grieg, Schubert, Bartok, Ravel.

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    Debussy
    Ravel
    Rach
    Satie
    Liszt
    Schubert
    Beethoven
    Scarlatti
    Couperin
    Cage
    Last edited by philoctetes; Dec-16-2018 at 16:43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philoctetes View Post
    Debussy
    Ravel
    Rach
    Satie
    Liszt
    Schubert
    Beethoven
    Scarlatti
    Couperin
    Cage
    Replace your last three by Poulenc, Mompou and Grieg, and that's my list

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    Somewhat similar to Josquin13 though in different order:

    Robert Schumann
    LV Beethoven
    Claude Debussy
    Frederic Chopin
    Johannes Brahms
    Maurice Ravel
    Serge Prokofiev
    Franz Schubert
    Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Max Reger
    Last edited by Roger Knox; Dec-19-2018 at 23:05.

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    Excluding baroque keyboard composers

    Beethoven
    Schumann
    Chopin
    Liszt
    Brahms
    Debussy
    Bartok
    Messiaen
    Ligeti
    Carter

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    Wow -- Post 118 is a really interesting off-the-beaten path list! No. 9, Federico Mompou - "Musica Callada" is -- quiet . . .
    Last edited by Roger Knox; Jan-04-2019 at 13:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    I'll include Baroque for this one and just go with my favorites:

    1) J.S. Bach
    2) Ravel
    3) Beethoven
    4) Debussy
    5) D. Scarlatti
    6) Rodrigo
    7) Schubert
    8) Prokofiev
    9) Schumann
    10) Chopin
    I know your post goes back to 2012 - I thought you liked Mozart? yet no Mozart in your top 10

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    Quote Originally Posted by stomanek View Post
    I know your post goes back to 2012 - I thought you liked Mozart? yet no Mozart in your top 10
    Yes my tastes have changed since then. At that time I loved Mozart but over looked his music for solo piano for some reason. He would make my top ten list now for sure, so would Brahms.

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    Updated list:

    1) J.S. Bach
    2) Ravel
    3) Debussy
    4) Brahms
    5) Mozart
    6) Rodrigo
    7) Prokofiev
    8) Albéniz
    9) Bartók
    10) D. Scarlatti
    Last edited by tdc; Jan-08-2019 at 21:09.

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    Sampling some of the Poulenc pieces from post # 183 - beautiful music. I should listen to more Poulenc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
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    Hehe. Oh, alright, 9 others:

    Beethoven
    Schubert
    Chopin
    Schumann
    Liszt
    Rachmaninoff
    Prokofiev
    Ravel
    Debussy

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    1-Beethoven
    2-Schumann
    3-Brahms
    4-Schubert
    5-Chopin
    6-Rach
    7-Scriabin
    8-Medtner
    9-Debussy
    10-Fauré

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