A selection of great piano music by great pianists

Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2009 02:10 am
I'm putting together a collection of great piano pieces performed by great pianists. At least while we are on the first page, please contribute an example of your own (preferably in embedded video or mp3) so that there's an easy to browse collection for anyone who happens across it later. Here are some of my favorites:

Thelonius Monk - 'Round Midnight

In my opinion, the greatest Jazz standard of all time. I prefer some of Monk's other interpretations of his composition, but this is the best one I could find on the net.

Franz Liszt - La Campanella

This is one of those "frenetic" piano pieces and it's interpreted brilliantly by Evgeny Kissin.

Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata


Played by Daniel Barenboim here but I'll be back later in the thread with other interpretations.

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Robert Gentel
Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2009 02:15 am
George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue

Towards the end of this piece (past the 10:00 mark) is some truly magnificent piano (in case the first part bores you).

Conducted and performed (piano) by Leonard Bernstein here.

Here's a 2-part mp3 of Gershwin's original recording.

This is the original recording of Gershwin's masterpiece, what may surprise many people is that it is an acoustic recording not electric one. This record was released soon after the piece was first performed and was soon replaced by a much more common electrically recorded record.

Part 1:

Part 2:
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Robert Gentel
Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2009 02:44 am
Beethoven - Für Elise

Pianist: Atsuko Seta

Mikhail Kugel - Carmen Fantasie

Pianist: Vladimir Horowitz

Franz Liszt - Mazeppa

Pianist: Boris Berezovsky

Brahms - Paganini Variations Bk. 2

Pianist: Elena Ulyanova
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Robert Gentel
Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2009 02:48 am
Beethoven - Tempest Sonata mvt. 3

Pianist: Wilhelm Kempff

Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata

Pianist: Wilhelm Kempff

Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata mvt 3

Pianist: Wilhelm Kempff

This last piece by other pianists:

Vladimir Horowitz
Atsuko Seta
Murray Perahia
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Robert Gentel
Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2009 03:08 am
Brahms - Paganini Variations Book 1

Pianist: Dimitris Sgouros (at age 14)

Brahms - Paganini Variations Book 2

Pianist: Elena Ulyanova


Mozart - Concerto in F KV 242 for 3 pianos

Pianists: A.Romanovsky, A.Nosè, A.Muzà

Beethoven - Appassionata

Pianist: Daniel Barenboim

Beethoven - The Turkish March

Pianist: Evgeny Kissin
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Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2009 10:25 am

I DID it!!! I was forgetting the blackslash on the second youtube)
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Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2009 10:35 am

This is the one I wanted to post: Rick Wakeman
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Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2009 08:11 pm

this is my absolute favourite recording ever of Tchaikovsky's First piano concerto - (I'll just put up Mvt III - but I and II are available on the same youtube page).

I have this exact recording on vinyl (by the great pianist Van Cliburn from Texas USA - who played in Moscow, 1962. He was accompanied by Kirill Kondrashin.)
I watched this footage of it for the first time tonight - thanks for the opportunity to share it.

As you can see by their reaction at the end - they know its a great recording.

the film below is a short clip from a documentary (1958) that shows how, during a time of suspicion, Russia and America were brought together by Cliburn.

Great stuff

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Robert Gentel
Reply Fri 9 Jan, 2009 12:19 am
@Robert Gentel,
Thelonius Monk - 'Round Midnight

You may see me post this several times more, it's been my favorite piece of any kind of music for a few years now and none of the youtube videos I've found so far come close to some of the versions I have in my library.

This is a longer quartet version but it shows a lot of classic Monk, with dramatic pauses and even use of the elbow to play at one spot. It's a bit sax heavy initially but goes to a Monk's solo halfway through.

Thelonious Monk - Epistrophy

Dave Brubeck - Blue Rondo A La Turk

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Pamela Rosa
Reply Mon 6 Apr, 2009 03:09 am
Gorecki piano sonata, 1st mvt
Roger McVey, pianist
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