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    Default Favorite Pianists and their recordings

    I'm a new music student in college and I'm sadly beginning to realize that my previous piano teacher left out a crucial part of my musical training, learning about other pianists. Now I'm trying to patch this hole in my education and I'm looking for any advice on pianists to be listening to. I've already gotten a start. I've purchased some recordings by Argerich and Richter and I actually saw Argerich live. However, other than that I'm completely uneducated, so any help would be wonderful. Thanks!

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    Hallo friend. As a simple collector not pianist, I suggest you can begin trying all
    recordings of Vladimir Horowitz, in particular from the 30s.to the 60s.

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    Hi
    I am a great fan of piano music, sadly not a player, but I am very much enjoy the Beethoven sonatas I have by Daniel Barenboim. Must say I think my favourite is the Chopin played by Valdimir Ashkernazy. Of course there are probably so many new people I am not so familiar with.

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    This is not an essential list but it features some "greats" that you should probably look into:

    Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Alfred Cortot
    Arthur Rubinstein
    Glenn Gould
    Claudio Arrau
    Emil Gilels
    Arturo Michelangeli
    Lazar Berman
    Alfred Brendel
    Earl Wild
    Murray Perahia

    Some favorites of mine:

    Konstantin Scherbakov
    Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Stephen Hough
    Dmitri Alexeev
    Hamish Milne
    Arnaldo Cohen
    Murray McLachlan
    Stephen Coombs

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    Wow! Thanks everyone. I'll get started with that. If anyone has any more ideas I'd love to hear them!

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    Hello, Hex named many greats all worth exploring. Alfred Brendel is my personal favorite!
    Glen Gould is a great choice as well, Bach at a totally different level then most. You can hear him singing or humming in the background in many of his recordings. On April 6, 1962 he performed the Brahms dminor piano concerto with the New York Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein. It was a controversial performance but maybe worth listening too.
    It was one of his last public performances as well. Sorry i've gotten carried away...also Rudolph Firkusny is one of my favorites. Here are a few more names for your search...
    Lili Kraus
    Andre Watts
    Alicia De La Rocha
    Misha Dichter
    Roslyn Tureck...Good Luck!!!(Please don't hold me to my spellings)

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    Some of my personal favorites:

    Jorge Bolet - For his recording of Schumann's Piano Concerto.

    Daniel Barenboim - Beethoven Sonatas

    Marguerite Argerich - Beethoven violin sonatas.

    Louis Lortie and Stewart Goodyear - Because I've seen them play live

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    oh, how could I forget!

    Rubinstein for Chopin!

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    Hi,
    Some of favorites below. =)
    - Martha Argerich - Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3 (Philips)
    - Martha Argerich - Liszt Sonata in B minor (DG)
    - Martha Argerich - Bach (DG)
    - Martha Argerich - Chopin (EMI)
    - Glenn Gould - Bach Goldberg Variations (Sony)
    - Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 (DG)
    - Sviatoslav Richter - Schumann Piano Concerto (DG)
    - Rudolf Serkin - Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 & 5 (Sony)
    - Maurizio Pollini - Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Webern, Boulez (DG)
    - Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1
    Regards,
    Troy

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    And Marcelle Meyer for the piano works by Emmanuel Chabrier.

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    ...and Ramou, Couperin and Ravel.

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    and Poulenc and Bach...

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    Quote Originally Posted by troyr31sg View Post
    - Martha Argerich - Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3 (Philips)
    - Martha Argerich - Liszt Sonata in B minor (DG)
    - Martha Argerich - Bach (DG)
    - Martha Argerich - Chopin (EMI)
    Those are probably my favorites as well.. especially Rachmaninoff

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    Goodness, this is great. I got a start on my new music collection and so far I have Argerich playing chopin sonata in b minor, some of the mazurkas, nocturne in F, Scherzo in C sharp minor, Polonaise in A flat, Rachmaninoff concerto No. 3, Tchaikovsky concerto No. 1, and Richter playing Rachmaninoff concerto No. 2 and some of the preludes. Keep the ideas coming if you've got them I'm really enjoying this!

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    Default Amazing new discovery

    When I went online this morning I was thrilled to see that a new piano playing star is on the horizon.

    Check out the video

    http://video.yahoo.com/video/play?vid=1431281&cache=1

    I think based on her photogenic nature she is sure to makea sensation

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