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20 Points Max per Entry - 5 Points Max per Pianist

Martha Argerich 81 (+4)
Emil Gilels 81 (+5)
Vladimir Horowitz 55
Arthur Rubinstein 60

Wilhelm Kempff 62 (+4)
Sviatoslav Richter 48
Maurizio Pollini 45
Alfred Brendel 47

Stephen Kovacevich 46 (+4)
Vladimir Ashkenazy 36
Claudio Arrau 34
Radu Lupu 31

Annie Fischer 18
Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
Alfred Cortot 10
Artur Schnabel 8

Hélène Grimaud 9 (+3)
Rudolf Serkin 6
Andreas Staier 4
Alicia de Larrocha 3

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New page and it looks like we're in the final stretch and so another board with updated totals...

The game ends with the first pianist to reach 100 points and they will then be ranked from 1st to 10th and from 11th to 20th.



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Martha Argerich 81
Emil Gilels 81
Wilhelm Kempff 62
Arthur Rubinstein 60

Vladimir Horowitz 55
Sviatoslav Richter 48
Alfred Brendel 47
Stephen Kovacevich 46

Maurizio Pollini 45
Vladimir Ashkenazy 36
Claudio Arrau 34
Radu Lupu 31

Annie Fischer 18
Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
Alfred Cortot 10
Artur Schnabel 8

Hélène Grimaud 9
Rudolf Serkin 6
Andreas Staier 4
Alicia de Larrocha 3

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Martha Argerich 81
Emil Gilels 86 (+5)
Wilhelm Kempff 67 (+5)
Arthur Rubinstein 60

Vladimir Horowitz 55
Sviatoslav Richter 48
Alfred Brendel 47
Stephen Kovacevich 46

Maurizio Pollini 45
Vladimir Ashkenazy 36
Claudio Arrau 39 (+5)
Radu Lupu 36 (+5)

Annie Fischer 18
Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
Alfred Cortot 10
Artur Schnabel 8

Hélène Grimaud 9
Rudolf Serkin 6
Andreas Staier 4
Alicia de Larrocha 3

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Martha Argerich 86 (+5)
Emil Gilels 86
Wilhelm Kempff 67
Arthur Rubinstein 63 (+3)

Vladimir Horowitz 60 (+5)
Sviatoslav Richter 48
Alfred Brendel 49 (+2)
Stephen Kovacevich 46

Maurizio Pollini 48 (+3)
Vladimir Ashkenazy 38 (+2)
Claudio Arrau 39
Radu Lupu 36

Annie Fischer 18
Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
Alfred Cortot 10
Artur Schnabel 8

Hélène Grimaud 9
Rudolf Serkin 6
Andreas Staier 4
Alicia de Larrocha 3

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Martha Argerich 86
Emil Gilels 91 (+5)
Wilhelm Kempff 72 (+5)
Arthur Rubinstein 63

Vladimir Horowitz 60
Sviatoslav Richter 48
Alfred Brendel 49
Stephen Kovacevich 46

Maurizio Pollini 48
Vladimir Ashkenazy 38
Claudio Arrau 44 (+5)
Radu Lupu 41 (+5)

Annie Fischer 18
Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
Alfred Cortot 10
Artur Schnabel 8

Hélène Grimaud 9
Rudolf Serkin 6
Andreas Staier 4
Alicia de Larrocha 3

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Discussion Starter · #46 ·
Updated board with points in descending order -

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Emil Gilels 91
Martha Argerich 86
Wilhelm Kempff 72
Arthur Rubinstein 63

Vladimir Horowitz 60
Alfred Brendel 49
Sviatoslav Richter 48
Maurizio Pollini 48

Stephen Kovacevich 46
Claudio Arrau 44
Radu Lupu 41
Vladimir Ashkenazy 38

Annie Fischer 18
Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
Alfred Cortot 10
Hélène Grimaud 9

Artur Schnabel 8
Rudolf Serkin 6
Andreas Staier 4
Alicia de Larrocha 3

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Emil Gilels 96 (+5)
Martha Argerich 86
Wilhelm Kempff 72
Arthur Rubinstein 68 (+5)

Vladimir Horowitz 60
Alfred Brendel 52 (+3)
Sviatoslav Richter 48
Maurizio Pollini 48

Stephen Kovacevich 51 (+5)
Claudio Arrau 44
Radu Lupu 41
Vladimir Ashkenazy 38

Annie Fischer 18
Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
Alfred Cortot 10
Hélène Grimaud 9

Artur Schnabel 8
Rudolf Serkin 6
Andreas Staier 4
Alicia de Larrocha 3

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Discussion Starter · #48 ·
Note: Post # 47 needs to be disqualified as the member in question (who resides on the east coast of the USA) submitted post #40 - 10 hours earlier at approximately 9:15 am EST and it is now 7:20 pm EST -

The rule is one vote per calendar day.

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Emil Gilels 91
Martha Argerich 86
Wilhelm Kempff 72
Arthur Rubinstein 63

Vladimir Horowitz 60
Alfred Brendel 49
Sviatoslav Richter 48
Maurizio Pollini 48

Stephen Kovacevich 46
Claudio Arrau 44
Radu Lupu 41
Vladimir Ashkenazy 38

Annie Fischer 18
Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
Alfred Cortot 10
Hélène Grimaud 9

Artur Schnabel 8
Rudolf Serkin 6
Andreas Staier 4
Alicia de Larrocha 3

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Emil Gilels 96 (+5)
Martha Argerich 91 (+5)
Wilhelm Kempff 72
Arthur Rubinstein 63

Vladimir Horowitz 60
Alfred Brendel 54 (+5)
Sviatoslav Richter 48
Maurizio Pollini 53 (+5)

Stephen Kovacevich 46
Claudio Arrau 44
Radu Lupu 41
Vladimir Ashkenazy 38

Annie Fischer 18
Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
Alfred Cortot 10
Hélène Grimaud 9

Artur Schnabel 8
Rudolf Serkin 6
Andreas Staier 4
Alicia de Larrocha 3

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20 Points Max per Entry - 5 Points Max per Pianist

Emil Gilels 96
Martha Argerich 91
Wilhelm Kempff 72
Arthur Rubinstein 68 (+5)

Vladimir Horowitz 65 (+5)
Alfred Brendel 54
Sviatoslav Richter 53 (+5)
Maurizio Pollini 53

Stephen Kovacevich 46
Claudio Arrau 44
Vladimir Ashkenazy 43 (+5)
Radu Lupu 41


Annie Fischer 18
Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
Alfred Cortot 10
Hélène Grimaud 9

Artur Schnabel 8
Rudolf Serkin 6
Andreas Staier 4
Alicia de Larrocha 3

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Emil Gilels 96
Martha Argerich 91
Wilhelm Kempff 77 (+5)
Arthur Rubinstein 68

Vladimir Horowitz 65
Alfred Brendel 54
Sviatoslav Richter 58 (+5)
Maurizio Pollini 53

Stephen Kovacevich 51 (+5)
Claudio Arrau 49 (+5)
Vladimir Ashkenazy 43
Radu Lupu 41


Annie Fischer 18
Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
Alfred Cortot 10
Hélène Grimaud 9

Artur Schnabel 8
Rudolf Serkin 6
Andreas Staier 4
Alicia de Larrocha 3

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20 Points Max per Entry - 5 Points Max per Pianist

Emil Gilels 100 (+4)
Martha Argerich 95 (+4)
Wilhelm Kempff 81 (+4)
Arthur Rubinstein 73 (+5)

Vladimir Horowitz 65
Alfred Brendel 54
Sviatoslav Richter 58
Maurizio Pollini 53

Stephen Kovacevich 53 (+2)
Claudio Arrau 49
Vladimir Ashkenazy 43
Radu Lupu 41


Annie Fischer 18
Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
Alfred Cortot 10
Hélène Grimaud 9

Artur Schnabel 8
Rudolf Serkin 6
Andreas Staier 4
Alicia de Larrocha 3

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Discussion Starter · #53 · (Edited)
The End...

"The Great Pianists" - Ranked in order of points received -

1) Emil Gilels 100
2) Martha Argerich 95
3) Wilhelm Kempff 81
4) Arthur Rubinstein 73
5) Vladimir Horowitz 65

6) Sviatoslav Richter 58
7) Alfred Brendel 54
8) Maurizio Pollini 53
9) Stephen Kovacevich 53
10) Claudio Arrau 49

11) Vladimir Ashkenazy 43
12) Radu Lupu 41
13) Annie Fischer 18
14) Tatiana Nikolayeva 15
15) Alfred Cortot 10

16) Hélène Grimaud 9
17) Artur Schnabel 8
18) Rudolf Serkin 6
19) Andreas Staier 4
20) Alicia de Larrocha 3

My thanks to all who played - I hope you enjoyed the experience -

Feel free to add any final thoughts you might have and to offer a personal "Top Ten" if you wish to do so.
 

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Shaunessy, you ran a fine contest, and thank you for doing so! It was fun and certainly, the outcome contained some (big) surprises. I will cogitate on a proper response - but for now - accept my appreciation for orchestrating this. 😊
 
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Good results!

My personal top 10 out of the 20 finalists:

1- Gilels
2- Kempff
3- Lupu
4- Arrau
5- Serkin
6- Argerich
7- Rubinstein
8- Richter
9- NIkolayeva
10- Cortot
 

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Of the 20 finalists, here are my top 10. Each of these individuals - and the semi-finalists - have made unique contributions.

1) Emil Gilels 100
2) Arthur Rubinstein 73
3) Wilhelm Kempff 81
4) Martha Argerich 95
5) Alfred Brendel 54
6) Artur Schnabel 8
7) Stephen Kovacevich 53
8) Maurizio Pollini 53
9) Claudio Arrau 49
10) Sviatoslav Richter 58
 

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I wonder if those who voted Gilels can tell me which recordings informed their choices. I have long known he was good but would not put him in my top 5 list. I know his Beethoven sonatas (very good but there are several pianists who I greatly prefer) and his Brahms concertos (excellent but after living with them for 50 years I rarely play them now, turning to others which I think of as being just as good or better). What have I missed?
 

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I wonder if those who voted Gilels can tell me which recordings informed their choices. I have long known he was good but would not put him in my top 5 list. I know his Beethoven sonatas (very good but there are several pianists who I greatly prefer) and his Brahms concertos (excellent but after living with them for 50 years I rarely play them now, turning to others which I think of as being just as good or better). What have I missed?
My response was based on having worked through the 50 disc "Gilels 100th Anniversary Edition" on Melodiya, and the 24 disc "Complete Recordings on DG". several years back and they've stayed with me ever since.

I can't respond to the extent that I would like to due to time constraints but when I was doing the research for the selection thread I came across this section of his Wikipedia entry and thought that it was spot on - I've looked through it - Can't remember literally everything that I've ever heard but this list of "Notable Recordings" wouldn't receive much of an argument from me.

Notable recordings
 
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