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    Brendel Plays Bach. Completely natural and expressive playing. Bach himself might have loved it. A personal favorite. Other tracks can be found online. What a shame that Brendel didn’t record more Bach. He plays him as music and not stuff, regimented, or mechanical. Joyous and uplifting. I doubt if Bach would have cared what instrument it was played on: “It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    Just my view of some of the pianists mentioned in the past couple of days:

    Tureck - fantastic.
    Gould - almost fantastic.
    Rana - same as Gould.
    Schepkin's Goldbergs - obsessed with trills. Much prefer his WTC.
    Perahia - average.
    Hewitt - better than average.
    Koroliov - sensational WTC
    Based on these, I'd say that you and I have very, very different taste in Bach pianists. I do like Koroliov's Bach, though.

    As for Schepkin, have you heard his Goldberg remake? Much as I enjoy the first one, the second one is a better performance and better recording. Hard to find, though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Based on these, I'd say that you and I have very, very different taste in Bach pianists. I do like Koroliov's Bach, though.

    As for Schepkin, have you heard his Goldberg remake? Much as I enjoy the first one, the second one is a better performance and better recording. Hard to find, though...

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    No, I haven't heard it. Yes, our tastes are quite different and are fortunately accommodated through a wealth of recorded interpretations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    No, I haven't heard it. Yes, our tastes are quite different and are fortunately accommodated through a wealth of recorded interpretations.


    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Based on these, I'd say that you and I have very, very different taste in Bach pianists. I do like Koroliov's Bach, though.

    As for Schepkin, have you heard his Goldberg remake? Much as I enjoy the first one, the second one is a better performance and better recording. Hard to find, though...

    Schepkin-S-K13a[King-CD].jpg
    There’s a pianist I’ve been interested in recently, maybe you can get him on NML, see what you think - Risto Lauriala, He did AoF and Goldberg Variations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    There’s a pianist I’ve been interested in recently, maybe you can get him on NML, see what you think - Risto Lauriala, He did AoF and Goldberg Variations.
    He is on NML and I just finished listening to his Goldbergs. The aria was very slow and comforting, giving me no idea how energetic and vibrant he would be in the rest of the work. I liked the performance greatly and found it life-affirming. My sole quibble is that he had a little tendency to bang away at the piano; the only time it bugged me was in the second section of variation 30.

    Thanks for the reference. Because of demands on my time, I'll have to hold off on the AoF for a couple of days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    There’s a pianist I’ve been interested in recently, maybe you can get him on NML, see what you think - Risto Lauriala, He did AoF and Goldberg Variations.
    I don't have access to NML, and his Goldbergs aren't on Spotify, but his recording of the Partitas is. I'm listening right now, and enjoying it - very imaginative playing. The snippets of the Goldbergs on Amazon are very tempting, but the CD is a little rich for my wallet.

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    Mandryka--Thanks for the introduction to Finnish pianist Risto Lauriala. I checked out his web page on You Tube, and on first impression think his Bach playing is fantastic--he really allows you to hear the full contrapuntal dialogue, which, as you know, is a big plus in my book (he's also done a Naxos CD of Bach Transcriptions--wonderful stuff):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT3g5fDkruE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbzL...&frags=pl%2Cwn

    Two more excellent Bach piano recordings that I forgot to mention in my lengthy post above: from pianists Martha Argerich and Elena Kuschnerova:




    I like Argerich's Bach playing, but she has such a heavy, forceful piano touch at times, maybe too much so for Bach? What do others think?


    https://www.amazon.com/Bach-Italian-...ova+bach+orfeo

    Elena Kuschnerova also has a slightly heavier touch for Bach than some of my favorite Bach pianists (such as Fray, Bacchetti, Aldwell, & Black)--but again, I think her Bach playing is very good, nonetheless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josquin13 View Post
    Mandryka--Thanks for the introduction to Finnish pianist Risto Lauriala. I checked out his web page on You Tube, and on first impression think his Bach playing is fantastic--he really allows you to hear the full contrapuntal dialogue, which, as you know, is a big plus in my book (he's also done a Naxos CD of Bach Transcriptions--wonderful stuff):
    Best free music samples of Goldberg & Partitas at Presto UK, Tidal streaming fortunately has both releases in lossless CD quality

    Agree very worthy, played with brio the tempos are rather swift (especially compared to Tureck) and nicely sprung without feeling rushed, very refreshing I would buy these if cost were reasonable, but these CDs seem to be oop currently......better than Beatrice Rana without the hype

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    I like Tureck's recording of the Partitas on EMI from the late fifties. And Gould's French Suites from the early seventies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    Without any Gould mentions here are my top piano Bach selections:


    WTC - Feinberg, hard to find as retail CD best to get Pristine XR download or disc, recorded in mono 1959-62





    Goldberg - Derzhavina, she is a russian music professor that rarely records or performs in public, masterful insights

    Two russians so far, let me think more about Fench & English suites plus the partitas.....

    FYI - Derzhavina also released the best Haydn keyboard sonata set using piano

    Wow! That's incredible. And I thought no one else had ever heard Derzhavina's Goldbergs, which are beautifully recorded, and (dare I say this) the best I have ever heard (OK let's say, equal to any one of Gould's three epic renditions)!

    Feinberg's WTK Bk 2 ..... well.... what can you say? Never been equalled in the raw pianism, go-for-it, no-holes-barred category. I could listen to it over and over, all day long. (Sure, the intepretation is hardly for purists. I have to make that proviso, or I'll be eaten alive.)

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    I have just discovered the entire set, Bks 1 and2, recorded with something like an ipad, but quite wonderful.

    Nathan Carterette. Don't know him, but these are EXCELLENT, I think!

    bk 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UHmGF8lCao

    bk 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhe-rSJJQ8w

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