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Posted on Apr 1, 2012 8:55:57 AM PDT
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Piso Mojado says:
Moiseiwitsch is good in the scherzos, especially the third; and Michelangeli's later take on the first shcerzo really surprised me. It's very nice to see Maryla Jonas mentioned for her extraordinary mazurkas. I don't think very many collectors remember her.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2012 2:08:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2012 3:03:41 AM PDT
Mandryka says:
I know this isn't very helpful but I really think that Sokolov's records -- the Amsterdam preludes, the third sonata and the Op 25 etudes -- are very interesting. It's not much help because they're not commercially available, except for the Op 25. Andother interesting recital record is Sofronitsky's 1948 Tokyo concerts. And Cortot's Munich preludes. And Michelangeli's Prato CD with the intense, rapt second sonata. And Pletnev's almost debussy-like performance of the third sonata, on DG. And Arrau's Prague Spring Preludes. These are a few of my favourite things.

I don't much like fast and furious approaches to the Scherzos. If I had to pick a set it would probably be Pletnev's or Moravec's or Rubinstein's very earl;y records, where each scherzo had impressive integrity. Of course I like Sofronitsky and Michelangeli in the first too. But it's the third scherzo which interests me the most, just because of the way the chorale is cut off, like a sort of holocaust. Here Van Cliburn seems to me very special.

Another work which interests me is the Barcarolle, partly because I'm interested in non representational ways of playing impressionist music. PLetnev seems to me absolutely peerless in that music. And Sofronitsky too.

I hope you all heard the wonderful Richter Ballade 4 here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k45IKm9gxaM&feature=player_embedded

I like Arrau's live performance of this on an Ermatage CD too. But I think Richter's achievement here is unsurpassed.

What do you all think of the Op 39 scherzo in Gekic's Tokyo recital?

Have you heard Flier's Mazuraka record, George? If not, you should. And Lubimov's Berceuse.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 8:09:22 PM PDT
Larkinfield says:
Anyone familiar with this recording? I'd like to know
who the pianist is. TIA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDU2UkwT3so

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 8:12:12 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Larkenfiedl

I am guessing Artur Rubenstein.

Take care-John
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 11:08:47 PM PDT
D. M. Ohara says:
John & Lark,
Certainly not Rubinstein!
Presumably the work of the poster: otherwise why not name the pianist?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 1:47:48 AM PDT
Mandryka says:
It's alright, that Solomon performance, Dan, but he's never been a pianist I've clicked with, either in Beethoven or Mozart or Chopin or Liszt or Schumann. Have you heard Sofronitsky's 1949 Chopin Fantasie -- it's probably on youtube? It's demented paranoid dark manic. These are traits I don't really hear in Solomon's -- it's probably me.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 7:20:31 PM PDT
Larkinfield says:
Thanks so far but I probably wouldn't have guess R. It has some slight technical imperfections that he migbt not have approved. I'm inclined to assume a Spanish pianist because the performance has a certain fire. Anyway, thanks again.
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