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    Yuja Wang and Lang Lang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helpmeplslol View Post
    Boris Giltburg .He also has a blog where he analyzed Ravel's piano concerto pretty thoroughly.
    He is very good. As mentioned on another post, saw him live a year and a half ago with RLPO and he was good. Met him afterwards and he was nice!!

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    Yesterday I listened to a young pianist playing John Field's Nocturnes on a cd from Decca (2016) : Elizabeth Joy Roe is the name - she must be very talented, because hearing her playing made a bigger impression on me than hearing Birgitte Engerer's Chopin Nocturnes on Harmonia Mundi...

    If Konstantin Lifschzits isn't too old to be new I've got to say that I really enjoyed the Bach cds he recorded for Orfeo. I have the Art of Fugue and the piano concertos.
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    Trifonov. Was totally blown away by his performance of Rachmaninov 3 at the RFH with Ashkenazy/Philharmonia. Love his Chopin and Liszt DG CDs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    Trifonov. Was totally blown away by his performance of Rachmaninov 3 at the RFH with Ashkenazy/Philharmonia. Love his Chopin and Liszt DG CDs.
    In 2015 (couldn't see how to edit my original post)

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    Here's a list of the pianists of the younger generation that have impressed me, &/or who I'd like to hear more of (placed in the order in which they came into my mind):

    1. Hinrich Alpers--his recording of the complete works of Ravel is very fine, with lots of fresh new insights. I've heard his Schumann is excellent too. On You Tube, I like how softly & quietly Alpers plays the Adagio of Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto--his interpretation is Arrau-like, in that respect:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIxw...eYlMi4n4sdd1th
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBxDbJ39XaM

    2. David Fray--I've enjoyed Fray's Bach Concertos CD immensely, & plan to buy more of his recordings in the future, as he appears to be an exceptionally gifted pianist:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnDwLFYyNQ8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1QjOjGMhns
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbESNHL2Dg4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHJ2b8cqfUo

    3. Yvegeny Sudbin--While I prefer Horowitz & others in Scriabin to Sudbin, I did like Sudbin's Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit, and thought his Scarlatti was good too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYP3...=RDmYP3Jy8NkY8

    4. Florian Uhlig--a very good set of the complete Ravel piano works. I've yet to hear Uhlig's survey of the complete solo piano works of Robert Schumann on Hänssler, but plan to when it is released in a box set:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfUgcRUfVdA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYmSlzmYiG8

    5. Martin Stadtfeld--I've enjoyed Stadtfeld's two Bach Concerto discs, and to a degree his Schubert. His highly ornamental Goldberg Variations are worth hearing too, but I wasn't overwhelmed by his Bach WTC, nor Stadtfeld's occasional tendency for quick tempi in music that most other pianists don't play as fast (for example, you might listen to how he plays the opening to Schumann's Kinderscenen in the 3rd link below).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPlU6yOcc0o
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjf7ZogXf4w
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qycMmEunDQ8

    6. Bertrand Chamayou--another fine complete Ravel set. Though I wasn't as keen on Chamayou's Liszt "Years of Pilgrimage", despite the favorable reviews & awards it received from the British rags. Perhaps I need to go back to it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYrf31TIJYc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fans1A5M4q4

    7. Rafal Blechacz--one of the better new Bach discs I've heard in recent years. His Chopin & Szymanowski have received strong reviews, as well:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuWKzjgFX1Y
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3_9Bf47w3I
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39x36gjxsJM

    8. Romain Descharmes--I was first impressed by Descharmes Beethoven playing via a complete set of the Violin Sonatas 1-10. I've since bought a Ravel recording by him that also impressed me. Descharmes recent survey of Saint-Saens 5 Piano Concertos has received very favorable reviews, but I've not heard it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pO6Pz6HhAE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1czIEwEruMs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr9whTQrHK0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggVktekuLa0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmfkok-JLXo

    9. François Chaplin: I've enjoyed listening to Chaplin's award winning complete survey of Debussy solo piano works (especially the Preludes Book 2 & 12 Etudes), though his interpretations can be slightly different at times from the norm (not necessarily a bad thing, besides, the entire Debussy set can be heard on You Tube, so you can decide for yourself--see link below); as well as a very fine recording of Debussy Four Hand piano music, with pianist Philippe Cassard, which is a stand out among recordings made in recent decades, IMO. His Chopin, Scriabin, and Schubert have received good reviews, too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_QaqdunF-4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ken5-x8nbps
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJVVZaqaWPo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm9jjWcQGKs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAAH...hFrVJnmxqFufU6
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooxbHqya6QU
    https://www.amazon.com/2-Pianos-Main...haplin+debussy

    10. Igor Levit--I thought his set of Late Beethoven Piano Sonatas was very fine, & particularly liked the clarity & definition that Levit brings to the dense fugal passages of the Hammerklavier, etc. Though I've not heard Levit's Bach 6 Partitas or Goldbergs:



    11. Hannes Minnaar--I first heard Minnaar on a Rachmaninov/Ravel disc and was pleasantly surprised. As it turned out, this debut recording later won the prestigious Edison Award in the Netherlands:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eeR...9vRyBZ-qX-D1Rr
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_u5...jlvrUL3j_IJn6H

    12. Lisa de la Salle: another talented French pianist:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGLCwQjOcDg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG-ifoLv0Zc

    13. Boris Giltburg--I've liked his Schumann, but haven't heard anything else:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsJue9SyOBE

    14. Caspar Frantz--the nephew of pianist Justus Frantz: I've liked his Bach French Suites, Schumann, and Haydn Piano Concertos 1 & 2:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7fz...dcV2hAN9YsVq7Z
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-QA...dcV2hAN9YsVq7Z
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mppV...YsVq7Z&index=7
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...BMorDn-ZfKlFCH

    15. Herbert Schuch: Excellent Ravel Miroirs:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLDi...t6GExQ&index=9

    16. Javier Perianes: a fine Spanish pianist, a former student of Josep Colom:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ovNTD1lNkI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMPsRZcnGHk

    17. Luis Fernando Pérez: Pérez is a recent discovery for me, & I think he plays the Spanish composers--Mompou, Albéniz, & Granados--exceptionally well:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQiT9K3BGUo
    https://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/cl...res-pour-piano
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P8B...5AdTtU&index=5
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irEiucOcBeE

    18. Francesco Tristano (sometimes Schlimé)--Tristano is an eclectic pianist, who plays his own music, & works by various contemporary/modern composers, etc. I've liked some of his Bach recordings, as well as his Ravel & Prokofiev Piano Concertos:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alwNUqdM2VU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHgCSFoE7t4

    19. Lucas & Arthur Jussen--the brothers are exceptionally gifted, IMO:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wo4IPNMzWQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ8DXYq_9OY&frags=wn
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD1SSgJwpIs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAFjOcOv868
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8Z4zVxFAUk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyjzqPPXDcw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQxImlxSy5A

    20. Anna Vinnitskaya: another gifted young pianist. I've liked her Prokofiev, Shostakovich, & Ravel, but not so much her Beethoven, which wasn't mercurial or witty enough for me:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBOY4uOjMGQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ODM...frN6st7JNJ6xHq
    https://www.amazon.com/Ravel-Miroirs...ds=ravel+naive

    21. Most recently, I've liked the playing of pianist Oliver Schnyder from the Oliver Schnyder Piano Trio, especially in their superb set of Beethoven Piano Trios, and see that he's now recording as a soloist (though I've not yet heard any of his solo CDs):

    https://www.amazon.com/Ludwig-Van-Be...70_&dpSrc=srch
    https://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Pro...liver+schnyder
    https://www.amazon.com/Haydn-Three-C...liver+schnyder

    I haven't gotten to Danill Trifonov, Vanessa Wagner, David Jalbert, Denis Matsuev, Jan Lisiecki, Vincent Larderet, Olivier Chauzu, Yulianna Avdeeva, Evgeni Bozhanov, Alexander Melnikov, Nelson Goerner, Emmanuel Strosser, Steven Osborne, Benjamin Grosvenor, Claire Désert, Céliméne Daudet, or Cordelia Williams (except for bits & pieces on You Tube). & I'd like to hear Stephane Ginsburgh's recent set of Prokofiev Piano Sonatas 1-9, which has received strong reviews.

    Not quite as young as they used to be, but still impressive, among today's pianists:

    Fazil Say
    Helene Grimaud
    Roland Pontinen
    Florent Boffard
    Ivo Janssen
    Philippe Bianconi
    Dubravka Tomsic
    Nelson Freire
    Maria-Joao Pires
    Michel Dalberto
    etc. etc.

    There are also a bunch of young Italian pianists that have impressed me in recent years (so I'll group them together):

    Pietro De Maria—a student of Maria Tipo. De Maria's Bach WTC Books 1 & 2 are excellent, but I've not been as keen on his complete solo works of Chopin survey--though I may need to spend more time with it.

    Andrea Bacchetti—Bacchetti's early Bach recordings for the Dynamic label (& Decca) were very good, but it wasn't until I heard his Bach French Suites for Sony that I became more of a fan. Indeed, it's probably my favorite recording of the French Suites on piano, alongside Edward Aldwell's recording for Hänssler. I couldn't find Bacchetti's Sony recording on You Tube, but here he is playing a French Suite live:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZXtHRIvh2o
    https://www.amazon.com/J-S-Bach-Fren...bacchetti+bach

    Gianluca Cascioli--Cascioli can be one of the more interesting pianists I've heard today. I've particularly liked him in Beethoven & Debussy, and he plays modern composers too--Boulez, Schoenberg, Webern, etc.:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oydMfTZzVLY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0eK2zAmu5c
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QusVBX9dC_U
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLU_PSNMYVA

    Francesco Pietmontesi—Swiss, but of Italian heritage:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO0tKl3gww4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7CvDG9yuZA

    I've yet to get to Alessio Bax, Carlo Grante, Francesco Libetta, Ludovico Einaudi, and I haven't heard enough of Maurizio Baglini either.

    Well, that about covers it, at least, from my perspective, though I'm sure I've forgotten some pianists that deserved to be mentioned on my list. (Edit: such as Leon McCawley, who I've just remembered now.)
    Last edited by Josquin13; Apr-30-2018 at 01:06.

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    Yvegeny Sudbin/Martin Stadtfeld/ Bertrand Chamayou/ Rafal Blechacz/ Igor Levit/ Joseph Moog/ Alexandre Tharaud , in no particular order but on top: Daniil Trifonov.
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    Yes. i heard Barnaton in concert with Alicia Weilerstein. He soloed Bach concerto - thoughtful lyrical and personal. i spoke to him after - a gracious personality. His recording of Ravel, Gaspard de la Nuit is one of the best: menacing and explanatory with lovely piano timbre.

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    Daniil Trifonov

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    Default Beatrice Rana is one I have a lot of time for...

    Nice interview:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Yvegeny Sudbin/Martin Stadtfeld/ Bertrand Chamayou/ Rafal Blechacz/ Igor Levit/ Joseph Moog/ Alexandre Tharaud , in no particular order but on top: Daniil Trifonov.




    Boris Giltburg plays Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16


    I do add ; Boris Giltburg

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    I don't know any young pianists. It seems like Trifonov is the guy to beat right now, no? What are some essential recordings of his?

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