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post #16 of 18
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Bartok Piano Concertos are dark, emotional, and still cutting edge (even though they are 80+ years old). This is very different from what has been mentioned so far... try before you buy :-)

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

if you like it, I'd recommend this recording

 

 

 

Another recommendation in emotional contemporary piano would be Ligeti

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVimTS6t0C8

the youtube excerpt is from Aimard "reference" recording 

 

 

 

Also I can't resist mentioning my favorite piano piece (actually my favorite music piece), which happens to be very emotional but not dark at all

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndv73B-pVas

This is Pollini playing the Arietta from Beethoven last sonata. It does not get any better than this!

I happen to love Bartok but I find that one youtube piece/clip to be a bit sparse?

 

It is definitely darker though...

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by kwitel View Post

I happen to love Bartok but I find that one youtube piece/clip to be a bit sparse?

 

It is definitely darker though...

 

I confess I did not listen through the entire youtube video, just checked that it had a good soloist (Kocsis) and acceptable sound, so I can't comment on that performance, but

"sparse" is an interesting way to describe the piece itself, google dictionary defines sparse as

Adjective
  1. Thinly dispersed or scattered.
  2. Austere; meager.

 

I don't think Bartok himself would object to that...

post #18 of 18

I notice you already got great suggestions...so I just came here to express how mucho i love Rahmaninov...

Thie much!

 

 

The piano concerto no. 2 is very accessible and is one of my favorite compositions for piano (an instrument I tend to find boring). Unfortunately, for my tastes Rachmaninov himself was the best but his recordings are old and sound old. My favorite non-Rach pianist who play his work is Helene Grimaud but Zimerman's, Leif Ove Andsnes', and Lisitsa's are more than decent and offer good and modern sound quality. I tend to gather Rach's work from random CDs I find and generally are not even in the same league. 

 

Bartok is tricky as you guys say. Deustche Grammophon has lots of Bartok high quality recordings and you can find lots of them in spotify. 

 

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