Who are your favorite pianists working?

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I listen to piano music more than anything else in 2011 - it takes me quickest to the places I want music to take me, and keeps me there longest. Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Scriabin (thanks ilm for my new obsession!!), Ravel, and Prokofiev whose piano repertoire is in my opinion vastly underpraised...this is the stuff that is defining my year & making me wish my piano-playing hands were less like clubs. Who are some pianists that seem to reach the higher/deeper levels?

five gone cats from Boston (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 17:22 (six years ago) Permalink

argerich, aimard, pollini

Some other race (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 17:24 (six years ago) Permalink

the next lot.....andsnes, kocsis, schiff, uchida

Some other race (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 17:24 (six years ago) Permalink

For me, it's Mitsuko Uchida for sure, incredible on Debussy & Mozart, but I discovered Freddy Kempf totally by accident - he records for Bis which seems like a pretty scattershot imprint to me but his Prokofiev is RIDICULOUSLY good. I have him doing some Liszt too which I haven't spent significant time with yet, but I tend to favor a lighter touch on Liszt whereas I think a lot of pianists use L. as their "here's where I really turn on the fireworks" composer (which to be fair was probably how Liszt played his own stuff). And finally Evgeny Kissin I think is spectacular but then again I am kinda helpless before Russian virtuosos.

Also tangentially of interest is that while I reject any claims by Genesis fans of Genesis having any formal connections to classical music, Kempf was involved in The Genesis Suite, which evidently treated a lot of mid/early-latter (...and then there were three) period Genesis as classical - he played on "Ripples" & "Entangled," LOL imo, but his technique cannot be faulted as far as I'm concerned

five gone cats from Boston (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 17:29 (six years ago) Permalink

P I A N U S

goole, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Professor Longhair is dead

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:41 (six years ago) Permalink

and you only want European classical players?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:42 (six years ago) Permalink

Jerry Lee Lewis is still alive. He's my answer

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:44 (six years ago) Permalink

and you only want European classical players?

That's what I' m wondering. Until I hear the answer I'm posting this cat that I finally caught live last week:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkmb7ll-mKg&feature=related

under the pollcano (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:45 (six years ago) Permalink

Eddie Palmieri

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Cecil Taylor

Funky Mustard (People It's Bad) (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:49 (six years ago) Permalink

I'd second Eddie Palmieri

under the pollcano (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:51 (six years ago) Permalink

That's what I' m wondering. Until I hear the answer I'm posting this cat that I finally caught live last week:

man I was really really hoping James had posted Keyboard Cat here

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:53 (six years ago) Permalink

Sorry, Dan, missed that meme.

Tried to get this thread started once jazz d-bag sick piano chops youtube thread but two of those guys have passed since then.

under the pollcano (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu (whose Brahms intermezzi are beautiful)

Crappy live recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1DEyOoQEVc

Bill Higgins, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 18:58 (six years ago) Permalink

Marilyn Crispell

nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 19:13 (six years ago) Permalink

also a second for Cecil Taylor

nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 19:15 (six years ago) Permalink

McCoy Tyner

nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 19:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Lupu is great for sure. Also I love saying "Radu Lupu"

I'm thinking mainly of classical piano, if people wanna talk jazz piano that's fine too, it's not like jazz dudes have lesser chops than academy dudes - however there is this big gulf in that many jazz pianists are also composing their own material, which means a whole diff. relationship between the material & the player -- i.e., if you like Cecil Taylor's music, odds are you're going to consider him a good pianist. Radu Lupu for all I know could be the worst composer in the history of the world, it wouldn't make a difference - it's all about the playing in the classical world. (Or mostly. Michael Hersch is an amazing pianist who also composes.)

five gone cats from Boston (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 19:31 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

the delicate filial bond between an italian intellectual and his homonculus is relayed through four greats of the modernist piano repertoire

no xmas for jonchaies (nakhchivan), Friday, 13 May 2011 13:27 (six years ago) Permalink

maria lettberg is a monster imo

Steven Tyler the Creator (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 13 May 2011 13:58 (six years ago) Permalink

Call me a corny ECM fuXor but I really like Tord Gustavsen.

http://youtu.be/20-IPIsG4cI

Per Yngve's having his brain out (MaresNest), Friday, 13 May 2011 15:19 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Hamelin is a fave among virtuosity dorks but don't hold that against him

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WhiteAmericanFolks.jpg (nakhchivan), Monday, 6 June 2011 13:22 (six years ago) Permalink

John Tilbury

erschloraque, Monday, 6 June 2011 14:04 (six years ago) Permalink

no audiophile sound feast no credibility

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WhiteAmericanFolks.jpg (nakhchivan), Monday, 6 June 2011 14:07 (six years ago) Permalink

Ian Pace is someone who never just rests on his brill technique - he's the one I always feel is doing much more and really using the piano as a way to think. Probably unfair to others; know it sounds awkward but its the best I can manage right now.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 7 June 2011 20:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Tilbury seconded. Saw him with AMM in 2000, absolutely stunning.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 7 June 2011 20:16 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I know in itself it's a neutral observation, but Matthew Shipp has one of the most absolutely immediately recognizable piano sounds around, among contemporary pianists I've heard.

redress control number (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 9 November 2012 22:03 (four years ago) Permalink

But I forgot this thread had a classical slant.

redress control number (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 9 November 2012 22:05 (four years ago) Permalink

Also the Matthew Shipp Trio album from this year is excellent, though Shipp completely sits out some tracks, as far as I can tell.

redress control number (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 9 November 2012 22:09 (four years ago) Permalink

OTM re: Shipp's sound.

Also, Boston's Eric Zinman has been doing amazing, amazing things for a couple of decades.

5-Hour Enmity (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 10 November 2012 01:31 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

ha, I came here to say Matthew Shipp

welltris (crüt), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 14:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Saw this guy playing some late pieces by Elliott Carter a couple of years ago, pretty spectacular technique:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Hodges

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 14:58 (two years ago) Permalink

I am also a fan of Matthew Shipp. wish more jazz dudes would pull a Jarrett and make a Shostakovich disc or something. I don't love Jarrett's Shostakovich (I think he did Bach too, I forget) but I love it as an idea

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 14:58 (two years ago) Permalink

like those old jacques loussier records?

feargal czukay (NickB), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 15:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Mark Knoop has carved out quite a presence in the last couple of years or so around London.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 15:10 (two years ago) Permalink

At the time of writing there are a couple of perfs coming up:

http://www.markknoop.com/performances/from/2015/to/2016

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 15:11 (two years ago) Permalink

Shipp's recent Duke Ellington tribute is very good, I love piano trios but haven't heard a modern one I like as much as this before.

xelab, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 15:40 (two years ago) Permalink

hamelin obviously

Aleix Salmonid (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 16:06 (two years ago) Permalink

who is better out of ian pace and nicholas hodges

Aleix Salmonid (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 16:11 (two years ago) Permalink

Now that Moravec has passed away this is a tough question. It's definitely not Hamelin for me. I can think of the active pianists who have made definitive (to me) recordings of certain pieces... Andsnes in a Schubert sonata, Frederic Chiu in Ravel's miroirs, lubimov in the Debussy preludes. Arnaldo Cohen in that Liszt recital on Naxos.

banned on ixlor (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 21:08 (two years ago) Permalink

chris abrahams

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 21:16 (two years ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/YUwq63OIPtk

john tilbury - winter trees (terry jennings), w/additional field sounds.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 22:42 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah i recommend that

andsnes is excellent in liszt and bartok, lubimov i know only from his der bote elegies recital which is fine, that cohen lp i have also certainly recommended before

Aleix Salmonid (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 22:48 (two years ago) Permalink

my favourite recent piano find is a couple of lps by michele campanella

http://www.allmusic.com/album/liszt-on-his-favorite-piano-mw0002165068
http://www.allmusic.com/album/wagners-piano-mw0002409739

Aleix Salmonid (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 23:04 (two years ago) Permalink

tania giannouli

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 9 September 2015 03:37 (two years ago) Permalink

your mom works my pianist very well indeed

mattresslessness, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 03:45 (two years ago) Permalink

kris davis

massaman gai, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 07:07 (two years ago) Permalink

oh i guess i should try & sell kris davis to you. check "waiting for you to grow" or "save your breath" or the "SKM" or "RIDD" discs - they're all on the clean feed label. davis also brings a lot to ingrid laubrock's anti-house, & is an equal partner in paradoxical frog w/ laubrock & tyshawn sorey.
dumb reviewers say things about cecil taylor, but no, Davis maybe be fleet of finger, but she has a little more variety than taylor's irresistible extemporised bartok/ellington/scriabin/jellyroll morton testimony.
dizzying giddiness abounds.
go sample an mp3 somewhere.

massaman gai, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 07:34 (two years ago) Permalink

Alex von Schlippenbach

schlep and back trio (anagram), Wednesday, 9 September 2015 08:39 (two years ago) Permalink

"Save Your Breath" is so good, I have heard at least a dozen clean feed releases this year but somehow missed this one up till now.

xelab, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 15:05 (two years ago) Permalink

aw shoot, sten sandell, of course. kinda humourless, dubious proclivity for throat singing,largely refuses to "sit back" in his own trio, but dang!

massaman gai, Thursday, 10 September 2015 04:01 (two years ago) Permalink

http://counterflows.com/evan-parker-sten-sandell/

Saw this performance by Sandell and Evan Parker earlier this year, where Sandell was playing the organ in the Glasgow University Chapel - not entirely successful - Sandell was up in the rafters, Parker at the other of the church, so it often felt like two separate performances - but Sandell did coax some extraordinary sounds out of the organ, inc. some farty noises that cld be described as 'humourous'

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Friday, 11 September 2015 11:00 (two years ago) Permalink

despite parker being a braniac & giving us all the terry riley as a seagull circular squawking that we need, he sometimes brings some hokey "call and response" tricks to situations where they just reek like gorgonzola (see braxton & morris duets)

massaman gai, Saturday, 12 September 2015 08:50 (two years ago) Permalink

tick.jpg

http://www.discogs.com/Massimiliano-Damerini-Piano-XX-Vol-2/release/1761957

nakhchivan, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 19:50 (two years ago) Permalink

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0001/146/MI0001146120.jpg?partner=allrovi.com

I am no expert but have just been listening to the preludes disc off this Debussy complete works set, this dude can play and then some.

xelab, Thursday, 24 September 2015 13:43 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah

his lp of the stravinsky works for piano and orchestra is highly rated

nakhchivan, Thursday, 24 September 2015 14:21 (two years ago) Permalink

I love Bavouzet's rendition of the Preludes. The very modern full frequency sound picture activates my tinnitus so I can't listen to it very often though (not Bavouzet's fault, almost all piano recordings of the digital era do this).

For recent recordings of the Preludes (my all time favorite music by anyone as I've said tiresomely often on here) Bavouzet is excelled only by Lubimov on ECM.

Bavouzet's Liszt recital on MDG is just as good, a must-have with great repertoire selection.

I think he has an early disc of Ohana works, I keep forgetting to hunt for that.

I have the first volume of his Beethoven but I have to admit I haven't spent much time with it.

banned on ixlor (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 24 September 2015 14:56 (two years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Chucho Valdes can play a lot, I really love his Bele Bele en La Habana album at the moment

calzino, Thursday, 5 May 2016 22:54 (one year ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX7E8zSb0Sw

calzino, Thursday, 5 May 2016 23:03 (one year ago) Permalink

saw matt shipp last night solo, he really is consistently amazing

adam, Thursday, 5 May 2016 23:13 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm kind of anxious to see this. Hope it's posted soon!

I have also been to Maine and, briefly, Nebraska (doo dah), Thursday, 5 May 2016 23:25 (one year ago) Permalink

It's online now!

I have also been to Maine and, briefly, Nebraska (doo dah), Friday, 6 May 2016 13:16 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I currently keep listening to Chano Dominguez's brilliant Over The Rainbow release, which is a recording of a mesmerising performance from a couple of years back in Barcelona. I'm not really technical enough to competently describe what is so incredible about it, but I knows + feels it when someone has magic in their hands, oh yes!

calzino, Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I only opened up to this self-absorbed dead eurocentric elitist shit fairly recently, but Rudolf Buchbinder's Beethoven stuff really tickles my brain.

And this, which for some reason seems to be very controversial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zucBfXpCA6s

sonderpop, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 11:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Angela Hewitt

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:23 (two months ago) Permalink


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