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Old 02-23-2008, 08:31 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Dax Johnson is my favorite pianist. He makes really good neo-classcal music, which he pours a lot of himself into.
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Old 02-24-2008, 01:01 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Chopin is where it's at. And rare is the case when I can listen to Debussy's Estampes without feeling eternally indebted to the guy.
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:31 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I am glad this post is here, all I knew before this was the rag time music of Scott Joplin
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:35 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Prokofiev.
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:54 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Chopin's - nocturns & mazurkas
Eric Satie - Gymnopedies (compositions especially created for those with limited hand mobility)

I would also just check out Sonatas by great piano composers. Some obvious ones are Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Debussey
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Matt Bellamy of Indie/electronica band Muse. unbelievable musician and a fluent pianist.
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:12 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Alfred Brendel performing Mozart piano concertos.
Arthur Rubinstein performing Beethoven piano concertos.
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Old 06-01-2008, 01:16 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Some people are listing great pianists. Others are listing great COMPOSERS of piano music. Here is my two-cents' worth:

Great pianists:
Glenn Gould
Philippe Entremont
Rudolph Serkin
Van Cliburn
Rubinstein
Horowitz
Rachmaninoff

Great COMPOSERS of piano music:
Bach (Okay, it wasn't invented yet, so shoot me.)
Scarlatti
Haydn
Mozart
Clementi
Kuhlau
Beethoven
Schubert
Chopin
Brahms
Schumann
Grieg
Liszt
MacDowell
Ives - have ear muffs handy
Debussy
Ravel
Gershwin
Prokofiev
Rachmaninoff
Bartok
Messaien
Barber
Zez Confrey
Scott Joplin
David Lanz

I'm sure I missed a few great ones, but those are the ones that came to mind off-hand.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:39 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Sviatoslav Richter should be on that list. I'd mention Richter and a few others way before dropping Van Cliburn.

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Gottfried worked in Strasbourg in the shop of his brother Andreas, also a noted builder, before moving to Freiberg in 1710. There he made spinets, clavichords, and harpsichords and experimented in pianoforte construction. Two of his pianos were played by J.S. Bach, who criticized their construction; Silbermann thereafter improved the instruments, and eventually Bach even acted as Silbermann’s agent in selling a piano. Silbermann became court organ builder in 1736, the year of Bach’s visit, and his reputation spread widely. -Britannica
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:36 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I absolutely agree with Sviatoslav Richter belonging on the list! Can't believe I did not think of him, since I have several of his recordings.

Interesting note on Bach and the piano. I stand corrected.

Oh, and I mention Van Cliburn partly because I thinks he deserves to be on the list. But he also comes to my mind because I got to meet him once, right after hearing an outstanding performance of the Grieg concerto. And it is hard to beat his recording of that one little tune by Tchaikovsky.
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