The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD

Started by George, December 07, 2010, 08:02:46 PM

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snyprrr

That's a great list. I know there's a Thread already here we could get stacked on, but I can't find it.

Pollini/Boulez 2/Prokofiev 7
Pogo/Prokofiev 6
Kocsis/Debussy (Ph.)

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Paul Lewis' Beethoven, which allowed me to like this music for the first time.

Roberto

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There was an interesting conversation about Pollini's Beethoven. I have it on DGG "Originals" and it is really a very good sounding disc for me. And Pollini's playing is involving, powerful and technically superb. I had it on DGG LP also but when I compared it to the CD release I didn't notice any difference.


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Mandryka

Quote from: Todd on December 08, 2010, 06:47:04 AM
I agree with Scarpia regarding different philosophies of piano recording.  Do you want an up-close or more distant recording?  For my money, more distant recordings tend to sound more realistic, but I often prefer an up-close perspective.  Anyway, some recordings, usually of the more distant variety, that sound especially realistic include:

- Christian Zacharias' MDG recordings of Mozart, Schubert, and Scarlatti

- Russell Sherman's recordings of Beethoven (GM Recordings) and Schubert (Albany)

- John O'Conor's Beethoven, Schubert, and Mozart recordings on Telarc

- Robert Silverman's Diabelli Variations (Stereophile) and Mozart (IsoMike), though both have background noise

- Jean Bernard Pommier's Beethoven sonatas, especially the earlier sonatas, on Erato

- Arcadi Volodos' solo recordings of Schubert, Liszt, and the recent Vienna recital

- Gerard Willems' Beethoven (though the Stuart and Sons piano sounds rather different than normal)

- Francine Kay's Debussy Preludes on Audio Ideas

Thanks for this very good list. And it helped me to discover the Francine Kay (and to regret the absence of a Book 2)

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Quote from: Mandryka on September 19, 2022, 01:00:53 AMThanks for this very good list. And it helped me to discover the Francine Kay (and to regret the absence of a Book 2)

Audio Ideas has both books.  Analekta has Book I only. 
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Mandryka

Thanks.

I've just been listening to a fabulous Preludes Bk 2 from Pollini in concert in Amsterdam in 1974. When Pollini's on form, he's impressive.
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Hi Premont, In internet forums, I have always seen it used as "to the top," another way of saying bump. Like here, in this thread, posted above:

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I just thought of a new recording for the thread, Wasowski's Chopin Nocturnes. Gorgeous sound and playing.

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Todd

Gianluca Cascioli's digital recordings from the last decade or so all sound amazing.  (His analog Debussy recording does not fall into this category, though it sounds about as good as a contemporary analog recording can.)  His 900 recording focusing on Austrian and German compositions remains perhaps the best sounding piano recording I have heard.
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Quote from: Todd on November 24, 2022, 07:25:43 AMGianluca Cascioli's digital recordings from the last decade or so all sound amazing.  (His analog Debussy recording does not fall into this category, though it sounds about as good as a contemporary analog recording can.)  His 900 recording focusing on Austrian and German compositions remains perhaps the best sounding piano recording I have heard.

Thanks, Todd!
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Mandryka

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Quote from: Mandryka on November 25, 2022, 02:45:20 AMhttps://open.spotify.com/album/7jmxIIoH5zCt8iRwGzynjP

Oh yes, that is an awesome sounding recording.  Some other Decca Italy recordings also sound magnificent - eg, some from Maurizio Baglini.
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