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obi1kenobe
2007-06-19, 04:40
I've noticed over recent months that i've developed an appreciation of Piano Solo's (from listening to Meatloaf, Elton John etc and strangely from a recent episode of Frasier!!) I'd love to acquire some good Piano music to listen to but haven't a clue where to start.

Does anyone know af any good CD's that i could buy??

adamslim
2007-06-19, 07:53
Schubert Piano Sonatas. I have the Wilhelm Kempff:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Schubert-Piano-Sonatas-Franz/dp/B00004SA8A/ref=sr_1_15/203-6283451-9149513?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1182264140&sr=8-15

And there's always Mozart, of which I have Uchida's:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mozart-Complete-Sonatas-Wolfgang-Amadeus/dp/B00005QDYG/ref=sr_1_1/203-6283451-9149513?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1182264301&sr=8-1

Chopin:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chopin-Complete-Piano-Fryderyk-Franciszek/dp/B0000041KB/ref=sr_1_4/203-6283451-9149513?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1182264435&sr=1-4

I'm less into Liszt. Can't find the one I have.

These 'complete works' are a good place to start, although collecting multiple sets by different performers is kind of addictive! Have fun!

Adam

amcluesent
2007-06-19, 09:59
Glenn Gould's 1955 performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations

Philip Glass, Solo Piano

obi1kenobe
2007-06-19, 23:54
Thank you guys, i'll check these out.

peejay
2007-06-20, 05:33
By Wim Mertens, more piano than you can handle ;-)

vrobin
2007-06-20, 09:58
Wim Mertens has good contemporary piano works, nice suggestion.

Furthermore I can highly recommand you
Beethoven favourite piano sonatas by Alfred Brendel

Nothing more than a must have!

Mendelssohn's "Songs without words" by Barenboim are also a nice disc.

You also could try Erik Satie (every known pianist playing well known gymnopédies, morceaux en forme de poire, gnosiennes)

Or Chopin's Nocturnes

RalphO
2007-06-20, 11:33
[QUOTE=amcluesent;209817]Glenn Gould's 1955 performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations

I have to second that nomination. It is a real classic of piano playing. I also think that it is greta that you can Glen Gould making noises in the background. It makes the performance so real.

vrobin
2007-06-20, 12:04
About Gould Goldberg variations, IMVPHO, it could somehow be a bit harsh for someone not really used to this kind of music...

ceejay
2007-06-20, 13:17
Oscar Peterson.

Tchaikovsky Seasons.

9dk
2007-06-21, 21:00
Beethoven's 32 sonatas should be included in classical collection. I would suggest Kempff, Fischer or Arrau's versions.

Also, Brahm's piano sonata 1&2 by Richter - actually anything by Richter is amazing and worth a listen.

There's also chopin's nocturnes, Etudes,



For non-classical, You should check out Tori Amos (her first album is the best)

PhilNYC
2007-06-21, 23:13
I recently discovered a couple of classical CDs from the Steinway Legends collection. Go to Amazon.com and do a search on "Steinway Legends"....excellent performances and extremely well-recorded...

Havoc
2007-06-22, 12:32
Beethoven, the master of the piano in my opinion.
Field can also be nice at times.
Schumann is less demanding but just as nice.
Hummel, Moscheles, Mendelsohn, Fuchs are maybe less know but not to be missed.

Winston if you like new age.

Bach on a piano is an abomination by any standard.

Almost forgot Schoenberg if your into that genre.

Brian Ritchie
2007-06-22, 19:15
Bach on a piano is an abomination by any standard.

Not by mine! Angela Hewitt's recordings of the 48 are near the top of my piano list, as are her and Schiff's first (?) recordings of the Goldbergs. (I've yet to hear Schiff's recent ECM set.)

Talking of Goldbergs, I recommend Robin Holloway's Gilded Goldbergs (for two pianos), a rather more modern (and often fun) set of variations.

However, the OP seemed to be referring to piano solos in a rock/pop context. What springs to mind for me are two Bowie albums: Rick Wakeman's contributions to Hunky Dory, and Mike Garson's to Aladdin Sane. I'm finding it harder to think of more modern examples, though I'm sure there are plenty. I'm always impressed by Tori Amos' piano playing (when she chooses to do so).

-- Brian

PhilNYC
2007-06-23, 06:05
Bach on a piano is an abomination by any standard.


On of my favorite jazz piano performances is Oscar Peterson Live! The Bach Suites...

sbjaerum
2007-06-23, 08:30
I think Jan Johansson's jazzification of old folk songs is excellent:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Johansson

haunyack
2007-06-26, 09:54
Suzanne Ciani - Pianissimo.

http://www.amazon.com/Pianissimo-Suzanne-Ciani/dp/B0000000K2

Nice piece of work.

.

kfritz
2007-07-06, 22:08
I'm more of a jazz, guy, so I'll suggest in that direction:

Dave Brubeck -- just about anything, start with Take Five.
Oscar Peterson -- Night Train.
Art Tatum -- Anything, though there's not much with good sound quality.
Thelonious Monk -- Monk Alone for solo work. Anything else is good too!
Bill Evans -- I enjoy Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Keith Jarret -- Koln Concert -- a must have.

9dk
2007-07-08, 23:55
Not by mine! Angela Hewitt's recordings of the 48 are near the top of my piano list, as are her and Schiff's first (?) recordings of the Goldbergs. (I've yet to hear Schiff's recent ECM set.)

Talking of Goldbergs, I recommend Robin Holloway's Gilded Goldbergs (for two pianos), a rather more modern (and often fun) set of variations.

However, the OP seemed to be referring to piano solos in a rock/pop context. What springs to mind for me are two Bowie albums: Rick Wakeman's contributions to Hunky Dory, and Mike Garson's to Aladdin Sane. I'm finding it harder to think of more modern examples, though I'm sure there are plenty. I'm always impressed by Tori Amos' piano playing (when she chooses to do so).

-- Brian

I second the Hewitt's recording of Goldbergs. It definitely worth having as a second set after Gould's '55 recording.

Thelonious - everything he recorded during his stay at Riverside is excellent.

bephillips
2007-07-11, 20:03
McCoy Tyner. Changed the face of modern jazz piano. There is a recording of a recent solo acoustic concert in San Francisco torrenting here
http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=146054
grr. Why does this forum truncate URLs? That would be torrent #146054 at www.dimeadozen.org

Tom McDermott for New Orleans and Brazilian flavored piano stylings.

hunta
2007-07-13, 05:45
Keith Jarret -- Koln Concert -- a must have.

I jumped on to this post specifically to add this in. I'm glad someone has already.

Part I is all you'll ever need from a piece of music.

Videodrome
2007-07-13, 12:46
Phineas Newborn, Jr. (Jazz): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSUp7FeEM0E

Erik Satie's Gymnopédies are a classic

stevo
2007-07-20, 17:33
I picked up Keith Jarrett from eBay after reading these posts - brilliant! Thanks.

I quite like Cyrus Chestnut - The Dark Before the Dawn.

stevo

agentsmith
2007-07-22, 18:35
I know Glenn Gould's 1955 version of Goldberg is considered his best. But my very personal favorite is his 1982 version performed not long before his death.

lyteroptes
2007-08-08, 04:39
[QUOTE=amcluesent;209817]Glenn Gould's 1955 performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations

I have to second that nomination. It is a real classic of piano playing. I also think that it is greta that you can Glen Gould making noises in the background. It makes the performance so real.


I'm glad you hear those too - my wife doesn't so I was beginning to think it was just me. Personally I could do without them though.

TiredLegs
2007-08-08, 08:07
Frank Zappa's "Shut Up 'N Play Yer Piano" (Oh, wait a minute...)

peejay
2007-08-09, 20:46
Beethoven's 32 sonatas should be included in classical collection. I would suggest Kempff, Fischer or Arrau's versions.

Also, Brahm's piano sonata 1&2 by Richter - actually anything by Richter is amazing and worth a listen.

There's also chopin's nocturnes, Etudes,



For non-classical, You should check out Tori Amos (her first album is the best)

I fully agree with the Tori Amos recommendation ('Under the Pink' is her first album), and check out Theo Bishop, a jazz pianist (slightly smooth in style, and I cringe every time I support one of the members of this genre on this forum because I get beaten up every time...but I'm a glutton for punishment). He's well worth a listen.

Brian Ritchie
2007-08-11, 17:40
I fully agree with the Tori Amos recommendation ('Under the Pink' is her first album)

Nope; her first was 'Little Earthquakes' (unless you count 'Y Kant Tori Read', which by all accounts you shouldn't!) 'Under the Pink' was her second.

-- Brian

peejay
2007-08-12, 01:39
Quite right Brian, I was referring to her 'best' in my opinion, as opposed to her first....although Scarlet's walk appeals to me equally, but for other reasons.
Thanks for the correction.


Nope; her first was 'Little Earthquakes' (unless you count 'Y Kant Tori Read', which by all accounts you shouldn't!) 'Under the Pink' was her second.

-- Brian

moley6knipe
2007-08-15, 04:32
And at totally the other end of the piano spectrum I can heartily recommend Ben Folds, especially if you get a chance to catch him live.

Very much from the "frustrated guitarist" school of piano playing!

Personally I'd start with the Ben Folds Five album "Whatever & Ever Amen" and his first solo album "Rockin' The Suburbs"

IMO not only some great piano work, but also some of the best song-writing in my collection.

mattbrown521
2007-12-08, 10:51
Back to the classical piano stuff, Vladimir Horowitz's Favorite Encores CD is a good variety of good stuff, help get your feet wet with what composers you like.

)p(
2007-12-09, 04:15
My favorite piano pieces at the moment are Ligeti's piano etudes book 1 and 2. I prefer the performance by Ullen over Aimards that most people seem to prefer.

http://www.amazon.com/Ligeti-Invention-Bagatelles-Chromatische-Phantasie/dp/B0000016NT

Peter

inguz
2008-01-01, 18:23
One of my favourite records of the year: Paul Cantelon, "Point No Point". Great music, wonderfully recorded (with a classic Blumlein stereo pair, if you care).

http://www.greatbigisland.com/detailpointnopoint.htm

Khuli
2008-01-02, 03:14
If you're a Genesis fan, you should check out Genesis for Two Grand Pianos (http://www.amazon.com/Genesis-Grand-Pianos-Yngve-Guddal/dp/B00006IRKG)

Mnyb
2008-01-02, 04:31
I liked this Monty Alexander record :

Live! Montreux Alexander
http://www.amazon.com/Live-Montreux-Alexander-Monty/dp/B0000046OQ/ref=pd_bbs_8?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1199272967&sr=8-8

With all the usual supects mentioned like Keith Jarrett, btw You should realy have Live in Tokyo '96 it's very good.

E.S.T "Esbjörn Svensson Trio" Winter in Venice

SumnerH
2008-01-02, 04:31
Beethoven's 32 sonatas should be included in classical collection. I would suggest Kempff, Fischer or Arrau's

All good choices, I'd add Jando. And Barenboim just for the 1st movement of the Moonlight.

morris_minor
2008-01-02, 05:02
Check out Eddie Thompson's "Memories of You".

Some great stuff here, including two un-Monk-like takes of 'Round Midnight - one with a Bach D-minor Toccata feel to it.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Memories-You-Eddie-Thompson/dp/B000001MDQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1199275060&sr=1-1

http://www.hepjazz.com/bios/eddiet.html

Enjoy!
Bob

Weystoner
2008-01-05, 11:19
For Classical, I'd go for Beethoven's Emperor and Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand, plus possibly Grieg's Lyric Pieces.

For Jazz, where to begin? Koln Concert certainly; Dave Grusin's score for 'The Firm'; maybe Bill Evans 'Live at the Village Vanguard'. But for me, it has to be Chick Corea. Very patchy, but when he hits the sweet spot for your particular taste.... Try Morning Sprite; Children's Song No. 6; Brazil; Fingerprints.

For me it all started a long, long time ago with a track from ELP's Brain Salad Surgery, where Keith Emerson did a solo piano thing - Toccata, maybe? Still have the LP in the loft, but alas no means of playing it now. On second thoughts, perhaps that's a good thing...

Dave