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    There are other pianists who haven’t made a great show of Beethoven piano sonatas. Argerich is one.

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    In both cases it is not the mere absence of sonata recordings or performances. But that Zimerman made highly regarded recordings of the concertos and Argerich played also 3 of them and mOst of the chamber music with piano. So it cannot be that they dislike Beethoven's music.

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    He has released another complete set of Beethoven piano concerti with Rattle even though he already recorded a very good one with Bernstein (albeit somewhat hampered by Lenny’s indulgent tempi). Why? There is so much other repertoire in which I would love to hear his sterling perfectionist style - Rachmaninoff, Bach, Schumann, and, yes, Beethoven sonatas. Oh well - I’m not the one making millions, so who am I to say. The Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, and Brahms that he has given us is very special and should be treasured.
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    It would be worse if he recorded Beethoven Sonatas merely for the sake of recording them.

    One must feel an inspired connection to create a meaningful interpretations.

    He has many wonderful recordings, lamenting what he "hasn't recorded" seems a little strange.

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    I’ve heard that he has his own recording studio. Maybe he’s constantly trying to play some works again and again and recording it in order to be able to improve his playing. I don't konw, it's just a fantasy that i have that some day, we will hear Krystian’s private recordings…

    More seriously, does someone know why he censored his brahms recordings ? I can’t think of a better interpretation of these pieces… Richter and Gould have made awesome recordings of the sonatas and the ballads, respectively, but, zimerman is just mesmerizing. Is there an interview where he says the reason of his decision ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dominiquevilain View Post
    I’ve heard that he has his own recording studio. Maybe he’s constantly trying to play some works again and again and recording it in order to be able to improve his playing. I don't konw, it's just a fantasy that i have that some day, we will hear Krystian’s private recordings…

    More seriously, does someone know why he censored his brahms recordings ? I can’t think of a better interpretation of these pieces… Richter and Gould have made awesome recordings of the sonatas and the ballads, respectively, but, zimerman is just mesmerizing. Is there an interview where he says the reason of his decision ?
    Philips tried to reissue them for their Great Pianists series, but he refused, saying that he wasn’t satisfied with the sound engineering.
    Last edited by Mandryka; Jul-06-2021 at 18:39.

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    Thanks for this answer !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubens View Post
    Every other great pianist has recorded at least one Beethoven sonata, even those whose styles were not the most suitable for his music (e.g., Gould, Horowitz, Cortot).
    I get what you're saying in a way, stylistically, but it is worth pointing out that Gould really sticks out in your example, since he actually recorded the great majority of Beethoven Sonatas, (twenty-two of them).

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