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12/06/2009 11:37:09 PM · #1
I would definitely try Yiruma. Look him up on YouTube.....absolutely phenominal pianist and plays some of the best stuff out there. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!
12/06/2009 11:25:43 AM · #2
Originally posted by bvy:

Originally posted by Mephisto:

I have an upcoming gig next Friday for a german Jazz Pianist:
Maria Baptist Trio


Not bad. The opening track there develops slowly and thoughtfully. From the photo of her on the right (yours?) I was expecting a flashy powerhouse, but she moves at her own relaxed pace. Nice.


I haven't met her in person yet, and I'm still collecting ideas of how to transform her music and personality into a representative Album cover...

Message edited by author 2009-12-06 11:26:46.
12/06/2009 11:04:32 AM · #3
Originally posted by Mephisto:

I have an upcoming gig next Friday for a german Jazz Pianist:
Maria Baptist Trio


Not bad. The opening track there develops slowly and thoughtfully. From the photo of her on the right (yours?) I was expecting a flashy powerhouse, but she moves at her own relaxed pace. Nice.
12/06/2009 09:31:18 AM · #4
I agree that Art Tatum was a great Jazz pianist. I also love Mary Lou Williams in that category.

Mike

Message edited by author 2009-12-06 09:32:02.
12/06/2009 09:31:13 AM · #5
Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by mindbottling:

Perhaps I missed it, but no one has mentioned THELONIOUS MONK?


Ah, that makes two. :)


Monk. Yes.

I waited 3 years to say that but you guys beat me to it.
12/06/2009 09:17:02 AM · #6
You could try your luck with Stravinsky. His piano arrangement for 4 hands of The Rite of Spring (especially Spring Rounds) is pure, classic, dark magic. I can also listen to the Moderato from The 5 fingers (Les qing doigts) for hours (also Stravinsky). Just barely a minute song that goes on forever and ever if you set in on repeat.

If your into other keyboard likes (or any other here are) check out "Alle Menschen Mussen Streben" of Max Reger (the recording with Iver Kleive is particularly good). That piece of music is... in lack of better expression: *ucked up, but truly beautifull if your into that kind of music.
12/06/2009 09:01:05 AM · #7
Originally posted by strangeghost:

Do you like jazz? Piano trios, duets and quintets (drums, keyboards, bass, etc.) have some legendary talents. Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, etc. Smooth, classic jazz. Gotta love it.


I have an upcoming gig next Friday for a german Jazz Pianist:
Maria Baptist Trio
12/06/2009 08:40:08 AM · #8
:)
12/06/2009 07:59:01 AM · #9
If you like jazz, Art Tatum surely had the fastest fingers out there...
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjSpmyVWiCE
(sound only)

And I recommend Gonzales aka Jason Beck for modern classicalesque compositions, eg.
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT6z1o2Iv4U

Message edited by author 2009-12-06 07:59:59.
12/06/2009 07:38:47 AM · #10
George, thanks for the youtube links. Anything Rachmaninoff is generally good piano music. Can be depressing as hell, but good!
12/06/2009 07:07:11 AM · #11
Originally posted by BobsterLobster:

There's a very badly filmed youtube clip of me playing some Rachmaninov here...
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNN2dNBqyRE


Bravo!
12/06/2009 07:03:25 AM · #12
Schubert's Impromptus and Moment Musicaux
Yiruma's A River Flows in You
12/06/2009 06:33:40 AM · #13
This is all stuff I really like.

Slow stuff:
Chopin - Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2
Liszt - Liebestraum Op. 62, No. 3 ("A Love Dream")
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 14, Quasi una Fantasia (1st Movement) Duhhh everyone knows this. Also called "Moonlight Sonata" because this first movement had been compared to moonlight.
Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2, Mvt. 2 I actually found this recently... it's very moody.
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2, Mvt. 2 (see below for link)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours Written for "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence." This piano version is hauntingly beautiful.

Fast stuff:
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 14, Quasi una Fantasia (3rd Movement) Third movement of "Moonlight Sonata"... not so moonlight-y.
Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu
Liszt - Rigoletto Paraphrase Liszt did this piano reduction of a quartet from Verdi's Rigoletto
Prokofiev - Diabolical Suggestion I love this, but it's not for everyone. Kind of dark, kind of dissonant...
Liszt - La Campanella This is from a set of studies on Paganini called "Grand Paganini Etudes." It can get annoying after a while, but it's cute.
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2, Mvt. 3 (see below for link)

Concerts, Rhapsodies, etc (these are usually for piano & orchestra):
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 - The first six videos in the playlist. This one's truly epic when you listen beginning to end, but both the 2nd and 3rd movements are masterpieces by themselves (I listed them in the "slow" and "fast" sections above as well).
Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 - The whole playlist. I personally like the intro a lot, the rest not so much... but others love the whole thing.
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue This is a lot of fun, and you definitely know it. Also has plenty of piano-only versions, with anything from one to four pianos.

Links are to YouTube videos and playlists. I'll keep updating this post as I think of more.

Message edited by author 2010-05-11 22:42:37.
12/06/2009 05:17:12 AM · #14
Schubert sonata in B flat
Clifford Curzon
Decca

A whole heap of his stuff.

Aural lacework.
12/06/2009 03:19:45 AM · #15
Originally posted by salmiakki:

I know this is a really old thread, but I'm quite partial to this guy.

Ludovico Einaudi


Great choice Sarah - I saw him in London last month.

He does some wonderful music.
12/06/2009 02:48:58 AM · #16
I know this is a really old thread, but I'm quite partial to this guy.

Ludovico Einaudi

Message edited by author 2009-12-06 02:49:19.
12/06/2009 02:35:28 AM · #17
There's a very badly filmed youtube clip of me playing some Rachmaninov here...
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNN2dNBqyRE
12/06/2009 12:10:38 AM · #18
Originally posted by mindbottling:

Perhaps I missed it, but no one has mentioned THELONIOUS MONK?


Ah, that makes two. :)
12/06/2009 12:04:07 AM · #19
Check out Paul Halley, Pianosong.

I'm also a fan of others already mentioned: Liz Story, Susan Ciani, David Lanz, Rick Wakeman...

Also: for some incredible Classical Oriented Rock piano, listen to the album "Emerson Lake and Palmer" (group and album name). I love those old ELP albums, but the other day I listed to that one while working, and it dawned on me how much of it is mainly piano.

And then there's Renaissance (the one with Annie Haslam). I can't think offhand which is the best intro to them and piano, but if you start with Prelude, you can't go wrong.

Oh, almost forgot some jazz greats: Chic Corea, Keith Jarret!
12/05/2009 11:56:04 PM · #20
Originally posted by Jutilda:

If you like jazz, Brad Meldau is great. He has solos plus with his trio. But you can't beat Oscar Peterson for some of the best jazz piano ever. Ellis Marsalis also plays great jazz piano, many times with his famous sons, Winston and Branford.

I have a newfound respect for you, Judy. Mehldau is great -- I have one called Places which I like a lot.

Vince Guaraldi sounds good this time of year, but all the Charlie Brown stuff aside, he was a capable West Coast pianist and could swing like mad.

Dave Brubeck - Jazz Goes to College ("Souk" is an AMAZING piece of pianism!)

Herbie Hancock, Jacky Terrasson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Simon Nabatov, Andrew Hill... Monk, of course. I could go on for days.

Originally posted by Zigomar:

Keith Jarret anytime.

Few people realize Jarrett's a capable classical pianist as well. I absolutely love his reading of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues.

Message edited by author 2009-12-06 00:06:28.
12/05/2009 11:54:39 PM · #21
well to pour cold water on the piano you could try Gil Dech with " Rememberence " and "Robins Return" truly awful!!!!!
They used to play it on the request sessions years ago and unlike good wine it has'nt aged well
12/05/2009 11:41:12 PM · #22
Ummm you said you like soundtracks too im sure youd love the "the legend of 1900"
I suggest the movie as good flick
03/14/2009 10:31:38 PM · #23
Perhaps I missed it, but no one has mentioned THELONIOUS MONK?
03/14/2009 10:26:36 PM · #24
Originally posted by shanksware:

not strictly piano, but classically trained Rick Wakeman is probably one of the best keyboard players on the planet. Hasn't put out an album in quite a while now. Don't know what he's doing.

Probably know of the mega-group YES. He was the keyboardist. Put out at list 6 of his own albums.


I was just gonna say, The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Rick Wakeman has some incredible music.
03/14/2009 10:10:31 PM · #25
Keith Jarret anytime.
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