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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Yes, Serkin was one of the truly great Mozart pianists. No 'Dresden China' Mozart from him. Unfortunately his Mozart recordings are only available in a very large boxed set of which I have quite a few discs. There is a rumour that Sony are to release them separately. Any news?
    Just one point - don't judge Serkin's Mozart on his series with Abbado made very late in life when his technique was failing.

    PS I would also say that as a Beethoven and Brahms pianist Serkin is right up there with the best.
    If I come across them in the future, they will appear in new release section .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    If I come across them in the future, they will appear in new release section .
    Due for release in American in Jan 2018

    https://www.amazon.com/Plays-Mozart-...n+plays+mozart

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Due for release in American in Jan 2018

    https://www.amazon.com/Plays-Mozart-...n+plays+mozart
    Okay, Europe = France and Germany Amazon October 27th.
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    https://youtu.be/7VJRgLO48Gg

    i'm still looking for something more sensational

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    Here are five of my favorite pianists, and certain recordings that I treasure by them:

    1. Harold Bauer--Schumman Fantasiestücke:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tzh35nB9lk

    2. Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli--Brahms Four Ballades, Debussy Images Books 1 & 2, & any and all of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas that he played:




    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OusKO1q1WMY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IxSHL8sfQw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL882cA8UdY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTPgaK9L1k8

    3. Rudolf Serkin--Beethoven Piano Sonatas, especially Serkin's playing of Piano Sonatas Nos. 30 & 31, Op. 109 & 110, but also his Brahms, Reger, Schubert, & Mozart too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzeA...467PH&index=22

    4. Claudio Arrau--all of his Liszt, especially the B minor Sonata and Bénediction de Dieu dans la solitude, along with his Schumann Davidsbündlertänze and Symphonic Etudes, Chopin 21 Nocturnes, Beethoven Piano Concertos 1-5 (no one plays the Adagio in the 5th Piano Concerto more delicately or more beautifully than Arrau):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMjZqEBBseo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f54gTj-Bh4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7VB8yDdLj8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoXbOXcs3hc

    5. Emil Gilels--Schubert 6 Moments Musicaux (the EMI recording), Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 8, Beethoven's "Waldstein" and "Les Adieux" Piano Sonatas (etc.), 15 "Eroica" Variations, 32 Variations in C minor, live Hammerklavier Sonata from Moscow (his final concert), and Piano Concerto No. 4 (EMI Testament, with Leopold Ludwig conducting); plus Gilels' legendary 1969 Concert from Carnegie Hall (once Gilels gets warmed up, it's incredible pianism):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HKTL8d25CE--this is all I could find on You Tube, but it's this recording:
    https://www.amazon.com/Emil-Gilels-R...vw_txt?ie=UTF8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfv9fnOU31s
    https://www.amazon.com/Prokofiev-Vis...ilels+schumann
    https://www.amazon.com/Sergei-Prokof...vw_txt?ie=UTF8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb8HFK9Qv7M
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-RY...-l_J5W&index=5
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bql1jrNm_g

    https://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Son...ds=emil+gilels
    http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/...lbum_id=871525



    P.S. On order: A new release of Gilel's 'lost recordings' from recitals given at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam between 1975-80!!: https://www.amazon.fr/Unreleased-Rec...els+unreleased

    I could go on (& on), of course, but that's all for now. Maybe I'll post again, as I didn't get to my favorite recordings by Alicia de Larrocha, Sviatoslav Richter, Youra Guller, Edwin Fischer, Alfred Brendel, Mario-Joao Pires, Ivo Pogorelich, Samson François, Glenn Gould, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, or any of my favorite Bach pianists, and so many others ...
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    (Prefer the Arensky pieces)

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    Can it be non-classical pianists? These are some my favorite:








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    Quote Originally Posted by aphyrodite View Post
    Who doesn't love Rachmaninov?
    Stravinsky didn't!

    And was it Arthur Schnabel of whom Rachmaninoff said "He is a great Adagio pianist", implying that his technique wasn't up to really fast passages?

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    OMG, found some treashure!)

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    Paik Kun Woo

    Martha Argerich

    Evegeny Kissin

    Krystian Zimerman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Fairlea View Post
    Stravinsky didn't!

    And was it Arthur Schnabel of whom Rachmaninoff said "He is a great Adagio pianist", implying that his technique wasn't up to really fast passages?
    I've heard that too

    Anyway, Schnabel is a favorite of mine. Of course, all of his recordings of Beethoven are killer. Despite the numerous mistakes in the faster parts (which he often takes REALLY fast).



    I'm also a huge fan of Martha Argerich. She made a lot of great recordings, especially when she was young:



    This one gets me every time (Gilels):



    One more favorite, Moravec:



    That about covers it from off the top of my head, but I have many other favorites and favorite recordings. I've definitely become a lover of the piano over the past several months.

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