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  • Vladimir Ashkenazy

    3 6.82%
  • Martha Argerich

    17 38.64%
  • Ivo Pogorelich

    3 6.82%
  • Krystian Zimerman

    12 27.27%
  • Grigory Sokolov

    7 15.91%
  • Radu Lupu

    5 11.36%
  • Mitsuko Uchida

    8 18.18%
  • Emmanuel Ax

    1 2.27%
  • Idil Biret

    2 4.55%
  • Maurizio Pollini

    9 20.45%
  • Mikhail Pletnev

    2 4.55%
  • András Schiff

    10 22.73%
  • Murray Perahia

    11 25.00%
  • Maria João Pires

    3 6.82%
  • Other

    7 15.91%
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    Default Who do you think is the greatest living pianist?

    This sequel to the 20th-Century Pianist poll comprises of legendary pianists who have had long and illustrious performing histories and are still performing today or have retired recently—as opposed to the living pianists who still have quite a ways to go in their career.

    I will be limiting this poll to living pianists born before 1960.

    Edit: Before someone mentions Pierre-Laurent Aimard, I had no clue that he was born before 1960. This is a big mistake on my part and I would've added him in place of Pletnev. Another honorable mention would be Barenboim, whom I don't personally enjoy but admittedly had an illustrious career as a performer.
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    Brendel ought to be in the conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnescuCvartet View Post
    Brendel ought to be in the conversation.
    Brendel was covered in my last poll.

    Even though he is currently living, his last concert was in 2008. So the vast majority of his career was in the 20th century while many of the pianists on this poll still have considerable stage presence as of 2021.
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    I voted for Sokolov because he is my overall favorite and in my view excels in everything he does. Never heard a Haydn sonata like his before for instance. But there are others I really enjoy and that are just especially wonderful with certain composers like Maria Joao Pires (Mozart), Mitsuko Uchida (Schubert), Murray Perahia (Bach). And if Marc-André Hamelin would have been born just one year earlier he'd deserve a spot in this list too.

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    Martha Argerich, although I prefer the repertoire of Schiff and Perahia.

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    SOKOLOV GANG

    Best Chopin préludes recording ever, by a lot

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    Kovacevich for me. Although I like Ashkenazy's breadth of repertoire, I feel Kovacevich dominated (or one of the dominates) the field in whatever he played, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok.
    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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    Sokolov is impressive in concert, the sound he gets to come out of the thing is distinctive and special. Zimerman is also impressive in concert, but in my opinion he’s a pianist’s pianist - I mean his excellence is to do with the quality of his playing rather than the imagination of his interpretation. I’ve only ever seen Pletnev once and that was disappointing - Scarlatti only concert. Same for Pogorelich - it was a concert in 2013 I think, too late. Aimard was excellent, world class, in Stockhausen once, but he’s really a circus act, bravura and not a deep thinker. That being said, on record his op 110 and Mozart PC 27 are not without interest.

    I’ve seen Pollini many times and same for Uchida and Perahia, but they weren’t in the premier league IMO - though Uchida came close years ago in a Schoenberg concert.

    I’ve never seen Argerich, but she’s got a good rep. Never seen Lupu either.

    I think Volodos should be in the running, and why not DemiD? But in my opinion the world’s greatest pianist is someone who has missed the boat - Leon McCawley.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Kovacevich for me. Although I like Ashkenazy's breadth of repertoire, I feel Kovacevich dominated (or one of the dominates) the field in whatever he played, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok.
    You can’t be the greatest living pianist if you’ve recorded the whole of Beethoven. It is such appalling bad taste at worst, or a cynical way of generating some dosh from a gullible and ignorant public at best, that these piano players are excluded on principal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    You can’t be the greatest living pianist if you’ve recorded the whole of Beethoven. It is such appalling bad taste at worst, or a cynical way of generating some dosh from a gullible and ignorant public at best, that these piano players are excluded on principal.
    This may be just me, but I prefer to believe that this post is meant ironically, whatever that means.
    Last edited by premont; Apr-04-2021 at 17:24.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Kovacevich for me. Although I like Ashkenazy's breadth of repertoire, I feel Kovacevich dominated (or one of the dominates) the field in whatever he played, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok.
    Kovacevich is one of my favorite Beethoven interpreters. He probably could have found a spot on the poll but then who would I have to take off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    You can’t be the greatest living pianist if you’ve recorded the whole of Beethoven. It is such appalling bad taste at worst, or a cynical way of generating some dosh from a gullible and ignorant public at best, that these piano players are excluded on principal.
    Aw, come on! Some of my favorite pianists have been Beethoven cyclers. Sure, sometimes it's a gimmick (like in the case of Lisitsa whom I wouldn't trust anywhere near Beethoven), but what about an already established great like Arrau doing the cycle just because he wants to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    I think Volodos should be in the running
    He is still in his 40s!
    Last edited by chu42; Apr-04-2021 at 17:26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammeredklavier View Post

    You keep on posting Kastle like he's some sort of punchline

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammeredklavier View Post
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    Is it true what he says about Liszt or is it a marketing gimmick? I can't decide if I find his tone and 'vibe' annoying - in some ways it seems more Lisztian than most contemporary concert-goers might like to admit. Anyway his professions of 'reclaiming authenticity' seems suspect in light of the fact that Liszt himself would've regularly deviated from his own scores...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    But in my opinion the world’s greatest pianist is someone who has missed the boat - Leon McCawley.
    You can always be counted on to spark discussions with opinions like this...

    Naturally I'd never heard of him but I'm listening now to his Kinderszenen and not hearing whatever it is that makes him stand out - but of course I have so little experience in this - would be curious to hear more on your thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheregi View Post
    Is it true what he says about Liszt or is it a marketing gimmick?
    As a pianist myself who has performed a lot of Liszt, everything that comes out of Kastle's mouth is absolutely a marketing gimmick. I doubt he actually believes that no one can perform the Hungarian Rhapsodies correctly.

    And there are certainly much harder works by Liszt that have been performed, such as this monstrosity:

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