Solo piano.

JHC

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Eric is it Chopin that you are applauding or the Pianist Valentina Lisitsa?
 
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ericwood992

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Definitely Chopin! I have heard it played better, but I can't find one I would recommend on YouTube. I prefer the solo piano version to the orchestral version you see. Valentina is quite sweet though.
Best wishes,
Eric.
 

JHC

Chief assistant to the assistant chief
You really are into Kissin, one recording that I came across well over 20 years ago was Mussorgsky- Exhibition played by Yefim Bronfman - Piano it has become my favourite version of that work The Ravel orchestration is fine but .......
 

ericwood992

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I also enjoy the piano transcription far more than the orchestral original. I guess I just really enjoy solo piano, but some works lend themselves to this perfectly I think. Although I prefer the orchestral originals, I like the Liszt transcriptions of Wagner very much, especially the Horowitz versions.
 

JHC

Chief assistant to the assistant chief
Perhaps I misunderstand you Eric regarding transcriptions if so I apologise, Pictures at an Exhibition was a Piano composition later to be orchestrated by other composers, Ravel being the most well known, The Bronfman recording was from Mussorgsky's original score, I have noted that Kissin has also recorded this but I have not heard it.
 

JHC

Chief assistant to the assistant chief
I discovered Helene Grimaud only a couple of years ago when one of our stores had a sale of Cds @ NZ$4.95 I just picked a selection that were new to me and she featured on one of them. This clip is a bit jerky.

 

ericwood992

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Apologies for my delay - CHRISTMAS!!

Hello JHC,
Re your "Perhaps I misunderstand you Eric regarding transcriptions if so I apologise, Pictures at an Exhibition was a Piano composition later to be orchestrated by other composers", no, you didn't misunderstand me! It was my error during one of my many "senior moments" - I meant to say "piano version" and not piano transcription. I had transcriptions on my mind.
Your clip of Helene Grimaud is lovely and a great talent.
BTW, have you heard this lovely young lady? Yuga is another great talent and one of my current favourites - she will go far!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaWUPra8xog
Have a great New Year!
Eric.
 

JHC

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She is great Eric and another unknown for me I must post this clip of her with Rachmaninoff’s 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] so she can handle the big stuff too eh.
 

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I discovered Helene Grimaud only a couple of years ago when one of our stores had a sale of Cds @ NZ$4.95 I just picked a selection that were new to me and she featured on one of them. This clip is a bit jerky.


Uh-oh, the "Wolf-Lady" Helene Grimaud - She has some wolves in a big open-air enclosure behind her house in some rural area of the northeast coast of the US.
 

JHC

Chief assistant to the assistant chief
Uh-oh, the "Wolf-Lady" Helene Grimaud - She has some wolves in a big open-air enclosure behind her house in some rural area of the northeast coast of the US.
Aha that rings a bell, I must do some more research Thanks CD
 

JHC

Chief assistant to the assistant chief
I prefer Piano to Harpsichord much to the disgust of my music friends, I have 4 or 5 Goldberg variations with one Harpsichord CD "Trevor Pinnock" and find it a bit jingly jangly this is at odds to my normal preference of Period instruments, just thought you might like to rubbish me! and I will add that the groaning of Glenn Gould puts me right off.
 

Dorsetmike

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I think both have their strengths and weaknesses, a lot depends on the work being performed, Bach and Scarlatti sound far better on harpsichord, whereas Chopin is better on the piano. Some of Bach's organ works when played on harpsichord can be a new experience, not necessarily better but not worse either - especially if it's a pedal harpsichord.


Crisp and clear on pedal harpsichord

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W69b4-TJn4k

Majestic on a fine organ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F51uHpH3yQk

Piano just doesn't do it justice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwagbWOEMu0
 

JHC

Chief assistant to the assistant chief
Well, we will disagree on this mike I prefer the Fortepiano over the Harpsichord every time
 
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Dorsetmike

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Chacun á son gout.

Probably also has something to do with our preferences for particular music periods, baroque for me, gone off these modern chappies like Beethoven and Mozart etc.
 
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