View Poll Results: Who is your favorite 20 century pianist?

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  • Rachmaninoff

    6 15.00%
  • Rubinstein

    10 25.00%
  • Argerich

    8 20.00%
  • Richter

    13 32.50%
  • Cortot

    2 5.00%
  • Arrau

    7 17.50%
  • Horowitz

    9 22.50%
  • Kissin

    6 15.00%
  • Brendel

    5 12.50%
  • Michelangeli

    2 5.00%
  • Gould

    12 30.00%
  • Schnabel

    2 5.00%
  • Serkin

    1 2.50%
  • Kempff

    8 20.00%
  • Gilels

    6 15.00%
  • Hofmann

    3 7.50%
  • Cziffra

    5 12.50%
  • Hamelin

    1 2.50%
  • Pollini

    3 7.50%
  • Lupu

    3 7.50%
  • Other (please specify in reply post)

    2 5.00%
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Thread: Favorite 20th century pianist

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    Smile Favorite 20th century pianist

    If you guys want to add anybody, just say so on the forum. Thanks.



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    Glenn Gould!

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    It also depends on who's playing what. To specify a few of my preferences:

    Glenn Gould (Bach)
    Kissin (Chopin, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Schumann, Schubert)
    Martha Argerich (Prokofiev, Ravel)
    Wilhelm Kempff (Beethoven)
    Brendel (Mozart)
    Richter (Brahms, Prokofiev)
    Radu Lupu (Schubert)

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    Gotta be Martha for me.

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    Josef Hofmann, anybody?
    Last edited by YsayeOp.27#6; Aug-13-2008 at 19:47.

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    Hi guys.New to the board.
    I admire Argerich,Richter,Arrau,Brendel,Michelangeli,Gould, Serkin,Gilels,Pollini,Cziffra and Lupu deeply but if i have to pick only one pianist it would definitely be Wilhelm Kempff, because of his unique balance in expression.He is always at the top of emotionality but never drags to sentimentality.

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    Gulda was a quintessentially 20th century pianist, and I mean that in the best sense. He retained all the classical Viennese virtues and showed how they also illuminated Chopin and even more convincingly Debussy. Gulda's conflicts about playing "museum" pieces led to bizarre behavior (I don't mean his jazz riffs - nothing wrong with that) but there was nothing bizarre about his musicianship. And of course Argerich, a very different pianist, speaks of her teacher with awe -- rightly so.
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    Let me give this some thought...

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    Wouldn't Kissin and Hamelin be more accurately described as 21st century pianists? I know they both had careers in the 20th, but I would think their prime would be in this century.

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    composer-pianists: Rachmaninoff, Scriabin
    pianists: Richter, Horowitz
    full stop

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    Good list, I choose Richter and Gould, but what about Krystian Zimerman? Anyone else a fan?

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    I chose Rachmaninoff, Argerich and 'other', which in this case means Vladimir Ashkenazy.

    Argerich is probably my favorite of the three I mentioned. Her playing has the flare and lyricism that I love about classical music. I especially admire her Prokofiev interpretations, along with her marvelous Shostakovich C minor concerto.

    Rachmaninoff's recordings of his own piano concerti (and other works as well) are without equal in my opinion. If only the quality was a bit better...

    I like Ashkenazy equally much as a pianist and as a conductor. His Rachmaninoff preludes are magnificent, and I enjoy his interpretation of the Shostakovich preludes and fugues too.

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