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post #1 of 16
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After I got my AKG Q701's, I re-discovered classical music and basically fell in love with the soundstage and subtle detail well recorded pieces show.

Is there an artist/group that have well recorded piano music?
I know what you're thinking, but I'm not looking for too much Beethoven or Bach. (But holy heck Moonlight Sonata's imaging and depth!)

If it's music that could be found in HDtracks.com, even better!

Here's a sample that got me hooked into piano recordings, (the muddy mids of the piano is what kills it for me though, yes, even through the raw cd recording)


post #2 of 16

Im just getting into this as a crossover from electronic...but I've been mesmerized by Nils Frahm lately.  I don't know if its "piano" necessarily, but hes keys based.  Take a listen...really unique, and great song building.



post #3 of 16

There's more to classical pianism than Beethoven and Bach although both wrote legendary pieces for the keyboard. Try Chopin (the most obvious suggestion, but he's one of the absolute best composers for the piano), Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and Debussy. All these composers had substantial output of solo piano music.


If you wanna get "wowed" by sound quality, you have a better chance of achieving that through classical recordings as they are usually excellent in that department.


I am at work and can't really listen to the YouTube link but I also have a fair bit of knowledge on anime soundtracks if you are into those.


An example of an awesome Debussy piece (rather unknown): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l7oldFl8pY


Underrated Scriabin Sonata written during his burgeoning years (not my favorite recording but still good): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Hi0XRFyr54


And something that might be completely off the mark. You might like this (pretty exciting for what would usually be categorized as newage: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x869vq_matsu****a-nao-f_music

Edited by Brian Rin - 1/2/14 at 6:52am
post #4 of 16

Aside from his solo concerts, you might like Keith Jarrett's:



No End


One of my favorite albums of the last year is:  Trios by Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, and Steve Swallow

post #5 of 16

John Cage - In a Landscape


Mauricio Kagel - An Tasten (1/2)


Maurice Ravel - Gaspard de la Nuit


Gabriel Fauré - Après un rêve (Piano & Cello)


César Franck - Violin Sonata in A Major


Anthony Davis - Beyond Reason


Christian Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Cendre


Steve Reich - Piano Phase


Cecil Taylor - This Nearly Was Mine

post #6 of 16

Rainbow Seeker by Joe Sample


post #7 of 16

You might want to try out Jon Schmidt, especially his 'All of Me':



post #8 of 16
David Benoit's solo work on the GRP label back in the 80's is good (it's not classical though)
post #9 of 16

This one is brand new and already a personal favourite I have listened to it for everyday for 2 weeks,and the music is still amazing.

Bobo Stenson Trio:Indicum(ECM)

post #10 of 16
Originally Posted by vertical View Post

David Benoit's solo work on the GRP label back in the 80's is good (it's not classical though)


I like playing his "Major Dreams, Minor Lies" piece.



I've got the sheets for it...

post #11 of 16

Ludovico Einaudi.


My favourite artist of all time!

post #12 of 16
Originally Posted by chicolom View Post

I like playing his "Major Dreams, Minor Lies" piece.

I've got the sheets for it...

post #13 of 16

Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert and Bruce Hornsby's solo piano works may be just what you want.

post #14 of 16

Highly dynamic and powerful stuff from Scandinavia :


His "Lost Heroes" is my favorite


More moody, inspired by the landscapes of Brittany (France) :


My favorite here "Molene"


Jazz - Rock :


"Tribute to the Past" is a solo piano album


and finally

not solo but phantastic piano playing & vocals :


Her "Blue Mind" is one of the best recordings I have heard so far and this is music & sonics coming together and creating an intimacy that borders on scary.


Happy listening

post #15 of 16

Lots of anime series have amazing piano pieces:





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