Started by George, December 07, 2010, 08:02:46 PM
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Quote from: Holden on December 07, 2010, 10:11:00 PMHello GeorgeBut far and above all of these is the Perahia LvB PCs. Recorded in the Concertegebouw they are just superlative. OK, they are not solo piano, but the cadenzas alone will be enough to suffice.
Quote from: George on December 08, 2010, 03:20:30 AMThanks guys! I have the Pollini and will keep an eye out in the bins for the Perahia concertos.
Quote from: George on December 07, 2010, 08:02:46 PMI need a list of CDs that you think best captures the authentic sound/tone of a solo piano (or perhaps piano concerto.) I'd prefer the recommendations to be as popular and easy to find as possible. Great performance is a plus, but not required for this thread. I hope any of our resident pianists could weigh in on this topic. I need to find a handful of CDs in my collection of solo piano works (and perhaps some piano concerto CDs) to use for setting up my stereo system. I have found that I am most picky about the sound of a piano and plan to use some CD recordings to determine how well various speaker positions work, but I want to use recordings that are exemplary. I recently made a lot of changes to my system and want to recalibrate it using some stellar piano recordings. Thanks in advance for your help!
Quote from: Scarpia on December 08, 2010, 05:59:54 AMYou will have to decide what the most realistic sounding recording. I see above someone has cited as the best ever the recording that sticks out in my mind as one of the worst audio recordings I have heard, the Pollini late Beethoven set. Klangy, Metalic, sounds like a piano with stainless steel hammers.
Quote from: Todd on December 08, 2010, 06:47:04 AM- Christian Zacharias' MDG recordings of Mozart, Schubert, and Scarlatti- John O'Conor's Beethoven, Schubert, and Mozart recordings on Telarc- Jean Bernard Pommier's Beethoven sonatas, especially the earlier sonatas, on Erato
Quote from: Bulldog on December 08, 2010, 07:36:43 AMThe best piano recording I recall is the Bernard Roberts WTC set on Nimbus; unfortunately, the Roberts performances are not so good.
Quote from: Scarpia on December 08, 2010, 08:29:47 AMNimbus? I normally find their recordings too reverberant, but I don't recall listening to any of their recordings of solo piano.
Quote from: Bulldog on December 08, 2010, 09:14:27 AMYes, that's the general perception and nobody hates a lot of reverberation more than I do. With many Nimbus piano discs, it sounds as if I'm swimming across the Atlantic. However, there was no problem with the Roberts set.
Quote from: Holden on December 07, 2010, 10:11:00 PMOne of the most stunning recordings for piano sound that I have is the Pollini late Beethoven, I can't believe that it was originally analogue.
Quote from: dirkronk on December 08, 2010, 07:36:16 PMQuestion: how can Holden's sonic impression be so favorable when Scarpia and springrite hate the same recordings BASED ON THE SAME CRITERIA? Two possible answers (among others, no doubt): It could be the specific transfers each has heard...
QuoteBack to suggestions for George: as you've been told (on another board...ahem!), the Connoisseur piano recordings by E. Alan Silver are astonishingly good.
QuoteHowever, Moravec wasn't the only pianist recorded by Silver: Ruth Laredo's Scriabin complete sonata traversal (on a Baldwin IIRC),
QuoteGood luck. Audio system set-up can be slow and frustrating, but Oh! the wondrous sounds when you get it right!Cheers,Dirk
Quote from: Antoine Marchand on December 08, 2010, 04:32:23 AMHi, George. I just want to say that I don't share the criteria expressed in your post. If you are recalibrating your system all you need is your preferred recordings, those that you have known for centuries. Listening to those recordings you will easily notice every nuance introduced by the position or the configuration of your system.
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