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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond-Dantes View Post
    Well, at the moment, I'm obsessed with La Campanella. XD
    Ouch, THAT song is painful.

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    LOL. I'm going to assume you mean, "Painful to play." XD
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    Chopin: Nocturnes

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    My favourite long piano piece is Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. He seems to stretch the instrument to the limit, much like Beethoven did in his late sonatas. I feel that the Mussorgsky is more immediately accessible, though.

    Someone above has mentioned the less travelled piano works by Sibelius. To this, I would like to add Janacek's superb piano output, which includes his Sonata "From the Street, 1 October 1905" & also On the Overgrown Path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    My favourite long piano piece is Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. He seems to stretch the instrument to the limit, much like Beethoven did in his late sonatas. I feel that the Mussorgsky is more immediately accessible, though.

    Someone above has mentioned the less travelled piano works by Sibelius. To this, I would like to add Janacek's superb piano output, which includes his Sonata "From the Street, 1 October 1905" & also On the Overgrown Path.
    I was the one who mentioned Sibelius...

    Ah, Pictures. I agree. Mussorgsky takes advantage of all the instrument has to offer. Never before had the piano sounded so "orchestral." Perhaps Beethoven also was capable of an orchestral sound, too.
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    Piano concertos in general. This is, for me, essention of classical music. I started with piano concertos, and they're still most important part of my collection. My favourite are those by Brahms (No. 1 especially) and Beethoven (No. 4 especially).

    I love almost everything by Chopin (Heroic polonaise is one of my drugs), Schumann and Mozart. I also liked Liszt and Schubert stuff, but I still don't know them as good as I should, so I can't say which works are my favorite. So far, I loved Schubert's piano trios.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    I love almost everything by Chopin (Heroic polonaise is one of my drugs), Schumann and Mozart. I also liked Liszt and Schubert stuff, but I still don't know them as good as I should, so I can't say which works are my favorite. So far, I loved Schubert's piano trios.
    I like that you mention Chopin pieces as a drug. I feel the same way. Hypnotic and mesmerizing. Scriabin and Rachmaninov included as well.

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    I very much like Saint-Saen's piano concertos. They're beautiful, with so much colour. In terms of strictly piano solo, I've explored mostly Chopin and Liszt, and love them both. I've recently been finding out about Alkan, which I find very interesting.
    Bach's WTC books and Mozart and Beethoven sonatas are also extremely enjoyable, but I'd say you really need to look deeper to get a feeling of their music, as opposed to just listening and thinking "oh that was nice".
    So many to choose from, really!

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    I'm into so many things, but here are some of the favourites:


    Bach's WTC (especially no.13 in F sharp major)
    Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit
    Beethoven's 17th sonata (the tempest)
    Chopin's Waltzes and Ballades
    Bartok's microcosmos

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    Beethoven sonatas...

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    My two favourite piano pieces of all time are Debussy's Passepied from Suite Bergamasque, and Liszt's La Leggierezza.

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    I like all Chopin piano music, also Rachmaninnof's Prelude in C sharp and Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. Debussy's Claire de Lune is nice too

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    I support with pleasure both Tapkaara's and Andre's posts about Sibelius and Janacek. How many lovely masterpieces have been forgotten and out of recitals' repertory for so long time even by famous pianists, because they just don't give any chance to show a super virtouse-technique !

    P.S. I can't simply name my favorite piano music ... Well, Maybe Schumann's Kresleriana ... But the list is really unlimited !
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    Chopin's "Nocturnes"!

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    Just off hand, some of my favorite pieces include: Beethoven's 32 Variations in C minor along with most of his sonatas and, of course, the five concerti...many of Mozart's pieces although what comes to mind now is his concerto for two pianos and the kv466. Also, the Etudes from Chopin, opus 10 performed by the late master Earl Wild. Earl also is master to some of the best known concerti from Chopin's to Tchaikovski and Rachmaninov and the Grieg. Wow, if I don't stop now I think this answer can go on forever! Cheers

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