I am extremely fond of Murray Perahia's:
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 27 - Perahia (analog - converted to DSD)
Sold out and very much in demand, but can be found for a reasonable price if you are lucky and persistent, or get the Japanese edition which I think is still available. The sonics are vastly better than the CD version ... far more natural and warm and exciting. Just listen to the thrilling opening of No 20 on SACD ... stunning.
* Perahia Bach Italian Concerto 2nd mvmt (solo piano) (Sony DSD recording)
with Concerto in A minor for Flute, Violin & Piano BWV 1044, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 BWV 1050
I usually prefer the Brandenburg with Harpsichord rather than piano, but doing it on piano (as here) does make for a change. But the sonic splendour of the SACD is the piano solo of the second movement of the Italian concerto.
* Prokofiev Cinderella Suite 2 Pianos - Argerich and Pletnev: Deutsche Grammophon - try track 2 (24 bit 96kHz)
Stunning bass, brilliant performance
For an outstanding recording of piano solo, try the Russian label Caro Mitis (pure DSD recording):
* Schnittke (late 20thC) Piano Sonatas with Igor Tchetuev - Caro Mitis (DSD recording) - perhaps the best sounding piano on SACD
... if you are prepared for something a bit more avante-garde. Real demo disc.
In Chamber music, with piano, I would highly recommend, from new modern recordings:
* Beethoven: String Trios Op.9 Trio Zimmermann BIS (24 bit, 88.2 kHz)
* Mendelssohn Piano Trios with Julia Fischer, Gilad and Müller-Schot: Pentatone (DSD recording)
.. for starters.
Edited by rapunzel - 3/26/13 at 9:16pm