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    Arthur Rubinstein - 97
    Idil Biret - 76
    Garrick Ohlsson - 66
    Krystian Zimerman - 64
    Ivan Moravec - 60
    Maria João Pires - 54 (+4)

    Reminder: you have 10 points, max 4 per pianist, game ends at 100 points

    Martha Argerich - 53
    Daniil Trifonov - 46 (+4)
    Vladimir Horowitz - 37
    Claudio Arrau - 17
    Jorge Bolet - 22 (+2)
    Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - 12

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    Arthur Rubinstein - 100 (+3)
    Idil Biret - 80 (+4)
    Garrick Ohlsson - 69 (+3)
    Krystian Zimerman - 64
    Ivan Moravec - 60
    Maria João Pires - 54

    Reminder: you have 10 points, max 4 per pianist, game ends at 100 points

    Martha Argerich - 53
    Daniil Trifonov - 46
    Vladimir Horowitz - 37
    Claudio Arrau - 17
    Jorge Bolet - 22
    Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - 12

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    The top ten with our favorite interpreters of Chopin's music is:

    1. Arthur Rubinstein
    2. Idil Biret
    3. Garrick Ohlsson

    4. Krystian Zimerman
    5. Ivan Moravec
    6. Maria João Pires
    7. Martha Argerich
    8. Daniil Trifonov
    9. Vladimir Horowitz
    10. Jorge Bolet


    I was rather surprised by numbers 2 and 3 but I can't say they didn't work hard to reach the podium. Both have recorded the complete piano music of Chopin (Naxos, Arabesque/Hyperion).

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    I was also surprised by the strong showing of Biret and Ohlsson. Although I didn't give Biret any points, I think highly of her Naxos cycle.

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    Three of my favourites (Pires, Trifonov and Bolet) have made the top ten. Iddo Bar-Shai has not, but I understand that he is not that well-known. However, his album of Chopin mazurkas on Mirare is outstanding.

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    As a fan of Biret and Ohlsson, I must say even I did not expect these results. But of course I`m thoroughly delighted!

    I own Biret`s Naxos box and have attended quite a few of her (mostly) Chopin recitals. Much to my surprise, her live performances were very different from her studio recordings. Some might say she is a bit pedantic in some of her recordings which is not a bad thing per se but in concerts she often displays more panache and can seek faster tempi even in her advanced age without any fear of making mistakes. I think she plays at least an encore by Chopin in all of her recitals in addition to recording his whole œuvre. So her advocacy for Chopin`s music is indubitable and imv her position in this strong field is justified.

    Ohlsson is an old winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition thus I don`t think he needs further vindication.

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    A worthy set of winners. Rubinstein is my go-to Chopin pianist, and his Nocturnes, as well as those by Maria João Pires are my go-to recordings for my favorite set of Chopin works. I am slightly surprised by how well Idil Biret and Garrick Ohlsson have placed, but I have thoroughly enjoyed many recordings by them over the years. This game made me go back and listen to some of my recordings by Idil Biret recently. Excellent!

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    I adore Idil Biret -- such a musical genius. This documentary is well-worth watching.


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