Reference for Students: Famous Pianists for Recordings

March 30, 2012

For those of you who have no idea who to listen to when choosing recordings for the pieces that you are working on as reference, here are some names of famous pianists you can look for on YouTube/CD stores:


BACH
András Schiff
Murray Perahia
Angela Hewitt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj05JyBCbqY
Glenn Gould
Myra Hess

Alfred Brendel
Dinu Lipatti
Rosalyn Tureck
Wanda Landowska
Ivo Pogorelich
Andre Previn
Maria Tipo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m08rs5QLlAY


BEETHOVEN
Sviatoslav Richter
Rudolf Serkin
Claudio Arrau
Wilhelm Backhaus
Daniel Barenboim
Artur Schnabel
Wilhelm Kepff
Walter Gieseking
Josef & Rosina Lhévinne
Emil Gilels
Alfred Brendel
Josef Hofmann
Clifford Curzon
Edwin Fischer
Krystian Zimerman
Solomon Cutner
Arthur Rubinstein


MOZART
Mitsuko Uchida
Dinu Lipatti


CHOPIN
Alfred Cortot
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Alicia de Larrocha
Krystian Zimerman
Byron Janis
Martha Argerich
Arthur Rubinstein
Jorge Bolet
Maria Joao Pires
Mikhail Pletnev
Maurizio Pollini
Leon Fleisher
Samson Francois
Dinu Lipatti
Earl Wild


SCHUMANN
Martha Argerich
Clifford Curzon
Vladimir Horowitz
Wilhelm Kempff
Claudio Arrau


DEBUSSY
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Pascal Rogé
Walter Gieseking
Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Alfred Cortot
Sviatoslav Richter
William Kapell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2cRxvpT4x8
(“The Snow is Dancing” is particularly amazing)


BRAHMS
Radu Lupu
Andre Watts
Alexis Weissenberg
Krystian Zimerman


LISZT
Gyorgy Cziffra
Marc-Andre Hamelin
Alexis Weissenberg
Earl Wild


SCARLATTI
Vladimir Horowitz
Ivo Pogorelich

Aldo Ciccolini
Maria Tipo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m08rs5QLlAY


Prokofiev
Ivo Pogorelich
Sviatoslav Richter


Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Alexis Weissenberg
Mikhail Pletnev


Scriabin
Marc-Andre Hamelin
Vladimir Horowitz



Note: This list is in no way complete. It is just a very short list of some of the great pianists for those who wants to learn to listening to great piano recordings. I will add more to this list later on with more pianists and more composers. Readers can comment and raise suggestions to whom I am missing and I should add.



Teresa Wong

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