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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for a reference quality recording for my S.O. I think she likes the Nocturnes, Etudes, and Sonitinas - anything that really conveys they sound of the Piano would be appreciated.


Edited by M3NTAL - 7/25/12 at 12:16pm
post #2 of 28

Refrerence quality in terms of audio or performance? If performance, I've yet to find a complete set better than Ohlsson (I link to Amazon.FR because they have, by far, the best price I found). The audio is good as well, and the fact that Ohlsson uses a Bösendorfer may seal the deal.


Edited by TheGhostWhoWalks - 7/25/12 at 12:50pm
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 

Reference in terms of audio quality.

 

(BTW. Thanks for the suggestion - I am checking that one out)


Edited by M3NTAL - 7/25/12 at 1:34pm
post #4 of 28

For sound I'll make one more suggestion of Sudbin on BIS. I really wish BIS and Pentatone would release more Chopin... maybe others can be more helpful on that front, but I haven't heard a lot of reference-audio quality Chopin recordings.

post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 

Thank you for that one. She does not have a SACD player unfortunately, so I'm left with 16/44.1 for physical or flac for for digital.

post #6 of 28

Present her with :thumb: Mari Kodama from HDTracks.

post #7 of 28
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Present her with :thumb: Mari Kodama from HDTracks.


Thanks. I'm sampling it now. I think I would like something more focused on the solo pianist rather than an Orchestra piece.

post #8 of 28
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Present her with :thumb: Mari Kodama from HDTracks.


Thanks. I'm sampling it now. I think I would like something more focused on the solo pianist rather than an Orchestra piece.

 

Hopefully, they'll have some for her (Kodama) in the catalog...

post #9 of 28

Rubinstein owns Chopin as far as I'm concerned. He didn't do all of the etudes, I don't think but he did most everything else. His nocturnes have never been bettered. There is a great RCA box set of all of his Living Stereo Chopin recordings. Sound doesn't get better than that.

post #10 of 28
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I'll check that one out! I picked up the Ohlsson box set - I'll see if I can find the Rubenstein set.

post #11 of 28

If a DVD interests you, Rubinstein performed in Moscow in 1961. They televised it in primitive B&W with just two cameras, but it is the most poweful and amazing live piano concert ever captured. Rubinstein is in his 70s, but he plays at a white heat. I got this DVD a couple of weeks ago and I can't stop watching it. He is like superman.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Archive-Rubinstein-Legendary-Recital/dp/B001IMFHVG/

post #12 of 28
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I added it to my netflix, I'll give it a watch. Are any of the other Rubinstein DVD's worth checking out?

 

post #13 of 28
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If a DVD interests you, Rubinstein performed in Moscow in 1961. They televised it in primitive B&W with just two cameras, but it is the most poweful and amazing live piano concert ever captured. Rubinstein is in his 70s, but he plays at a white heat. I got this DVD a couple of weeks ago and I can't stop watching it. He is like superman.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Archive-Rubinstein-Legendary-Recital/dp/B001IMFHVG/

 

Thanks for the contribution. You just expanded my horizons. Will seek the first of August.

post #14 of 28
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I added it to my netflix, I'll give it a watch. Are any of the other Rubinstein DVD's worth checking out?

 


The two DGG DVDs are great too. Rubinstein may have been the greatest pianist who ever lived. He didn't have a huge repetoire, but what he did, he did perfectly. Especially Chopin. I bought the box set of his complete recordings. It had a documentary on his life made by his son. I can't tell you how astounded I am at what he accomplished. I hope I'm as vital and alive in my older years as he was.
post #15 of 28

You might also take a look at Alexandre Tharaud's Valses on CD.  Wonderful in both sound and performance.

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