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    I want to hear from members which world class musicians to listen to in order widen musical sensitivity and interpretation in my own playing. I do not care which instrument he or she plays except for the fact that he or she is beneficial and instructive to listen to.

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    Okay I will give you some musicians. First I will start with our own Mr. Magle.
    He plays the pipe organ and then some. There is Steve Vai who plays heavy
    metal guitar, Virgil Fox, George Benson, any spanish guitar player on line,
    and Joe Satriani. These are the ones I can think of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lochness88 View Post
    Hi,

    I want to hear from members which world class musicians to listen to in order widen musical sensitivity and interpretation in my own playing.

    Lochness 88
    Well, for a start, which instrument/s do you play?

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    For pianists, the recordings of Sergei Rachmaninoff are very musical and poetic.

    Violinists, Enescu's few recordings are a revelation.

    Violists, Lionel Tertis' legacy is stunning beyond any other, if you don't mind surface noise.

    Cellists, the recordings of Jaqueline du Pre, Rostropovich, and Casals are truly great.


    That's really about all I know; I don't know much about wind and brass players (and, as many can tell, I am a very old-fashioned musician for my 16 years...).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andante View Post
    Well, for a start, which instrument/s do you play?
    Thankyou for the reply, I play classical saxophone, and I am well versed in recordings of classical saxophone but I am looking for inspiration outside my genre.

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    Here's the Bandit's suggestions:

    Piano- Vladimir Horowitz for technique and evenness, Glenn Gould for emotion
    Violin- Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, and Jascha Heifetz
    Cello- ditto World Violist (check out Du Pré's reading of the Elgar cello concerto)
    French Horn- Barry Tuckwell

    That's all I have for now. Hope it helps.

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    And add David Oistrakh to the list of violinists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opus67 View Post
    And add David Oistrakh to the list of violinists.
    YES! Good catch- especially check out his recording of the Brahms concerto with Klemperer and the French National Radio Orchestra (Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Françiase).
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    When we recommend something, it could be taken as a non-recommendation of something else. Please don't take my suggestion that way.
    An interpretation or a performance may have many qualities in in various proportions, and the qualities we look for are personal, hopefully open to debate and development, but subject to factors that have no bearing on the real skills of the musican or the musical experience that he/she wishes to communicate.
    But by the criteria that I apply, based on my paltry understanding of recorded sound, I still feel moved to recommend anything by the classical guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream.
    In short, his playing is full of life, intelligence, and the impulse to create beauty. I feel that a lifetime is too short for an untrained mind such as mine to appreciate his art, but listening to his recordings gives me rewards on several levels.
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    Ginette Neveu as well, whose life was ended in 1949 in a plane crash, deserves a place on this thread. She recorded several masterpieces, but her discography was rather small by today's standards. The most notable (in my opinion) pieces she recorded were Sibelius' violin concerto and Chausson's Poeme for violin and orchestra (though I think Enescu's may be better). She made stunning performances all around.
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    I would recommend Joshua Bell for violin. I am sure many of you are familiar with his in- cognito subway performance in Washington, DC where only one person out of the throngs passing by recognized him. The story which appeared in the Wasington Post won the Pulitzer Prize. I had a recording of the Schumann Piano Concerto performed by Sviatoslav Richter which is one of the best piano performances I ever heard.

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    Everyone, thank you ever so much. It is a substantial list I have recorded and I will make my way through it one musician at a time.

    Thankyou,

    Loch

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    I recommend Emil Gilels, Paik Kun Woo in piano,
    Leonid Kogan & Sarah Chang in violin.

    Enjoy them !

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    Try Janos Starker for solo cello too - rich. vibrant and sonorous.

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    Jacqueline du Pre is a great candidate to "widen musical sensitivity", especially in her famous rendition of the Elgar cello concerto.

    Also, Glenn Gould just for his Bach. I could listen to him play Bach for hours...

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