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    Default Favorite Bach pianists.

    I'm wondering who you love playing Bach on a modern piano. I was raised on Gould playing Goldberg, but have kind of tired of his very personal style. When I put on Bach these days it's probably Angela Hewitt or Andras Schiff. BUT, I just discovered Roger Woodward playing WTC and think he plays very soulful & beautiful. This subject probably already has a thread somewhere...

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    My favorites include Koroliov, Gould, Woodward, Rubsam, and Gulda. My top pick is Tureck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjetil Heggelund View Post
    I'm wondering who you love playing Bach on a modern piano. I was raised on Gould playing Goldberg, but have kind of tired of his very personal style. When I put on Bach these days it's probably Angela Hewitt or Andras Schiff. BUT, I just discovered Roger Woodward playing WTC and think he plays very soulful & beautiful. This subject probably already has a thread somewhere...
    There’s something very good by Woodward, a live performance of the 6th partita, he was clearly in a good mood that night. On this CD

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    Off the top of my head, Koroliov, Dershavina, Schepkin, and Nikolayeva

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    Gould for me, all the way. I actually like Brendel's version of the WTC on Philips; I agree with his tempi. Most of the Russians I've heard I've liked, from my Great Russian Pianists box sets. Also, I recently heard Marcelle Meyer doing Bach from her big box set, and I was very impressed.

    My favorite Bach performance of all time:
    https://youtu.be/_DcUVZXlFUI

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    I quite like Perahia, particularly his recording of the Goldbergs.

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    Schiff and Hewitt here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    I actually like Brendel's version of the WTC on Philips;
    Did Brendel record the WTC? I've never seen or heard of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Did Brendel record the WTC? I've never seen or heard of it.
    You're right! Good catch. I meant Gulda.

    Bach WTC Gulda Philips 72 dpi .jpeg

    Right now, listening to Marcelle Meyer's Chromatic Fantasy. She does it with more restraint than anybody, and it works.
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    I rarely see Zhu Xiao-Mei's name mentioned, and I wonder why that is. I find her Goldberg Variations especially moving. One performance is available here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbtW4MAFkek

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBee View Post
    I rarely see Zhu Xiao-Mei's name mentioned, and I wonder why that is.
    Well, in my case, it's just because I forgot!!

    In addition to her excellent recordings, I strongly recommend her autobiography "The Secret Piano":

    https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Piano-.../dp/1611090776

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    We had a similar thread here:

    Bach pianists

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    So many... Of the lesser-known ones, I love Sviatoslav Richter's friend, the Soviet virtuoso Anatoly Vedernikov. He doesn't try imitating the harpsichord but his attack is so precise and the tone so transparent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by premont View Post
    We had a similar thread here:

    Bach pianists
    Thank-you for guidance! I decided to leave out cembalo in this thread, although I really love it. I believe that with cembalo, the musicians have almost less to say than the instruments...Is that a crazy idea? A bit like organ, where the instruments really differ in sound according to the church/room they're in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    My favorites include Koroliov, Gould, Woodward, Rubsam, and Gulda. My top pick is Tureck.
    With regard to Rubsam--are you referring to mostly Naxos label or other labels?

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