Sunday, 28 February 2010

The greatest living Chopin pianist

Why not celebrate the 200th birthday of Chopin (March 1st 2010) by deciding upon who is the greatest living (=active) Chopin pianist?

Vote below (open one week from now) - if your favorite Chopin pianist does not feature, please use the free text or the comments section, and I may add him/her.


8 comments:

yvette said...

I added Jean-Marc Luisada to your list
although I could have voted for E.Kissin! Just because this French pianist is really a fine Chopin performer!

Fryderyk said...

...and where's Garrick Ohlsson, who's been chosen for the honor of PLAYING in Chopin's house on his actual 200th birthday????

opera fan Rosie said...

Woah, that's gonna be a massive honour for Ohlsson....crazy! How nervewracking would that be?!

mostly opera... said...

Talking about nervewracking, I´d rather take Chopin´s house than the sold-out Royal Festival Hall facing Pollini tonight...

But thanks for mentioning Ohlsson, I realize I know too little of his playing.

Anonymous said...

Here in Polanad we are not so sure about Chopin birth date - it may be on March 1st, it may be a couple of days earlier. So we observe it for a week, with final concert today.
I voted for Blechacz, he is very young compared to others on your list, but he is already excellent. And it is such a pleasure to hear him when he speaks about the music (totally oposite to Zimmermann, whou is angry with everything - public, recordings, pianos, Poland).
I really like Dang Thai Son, not so well known, but excellent Chopin pianist.

Anonymous said...

Pogorelich should be deleted from your list, he uses piano but to call it playing..... Pity, I remember him from beggining of 80'.
Coming back to Chopin birtday observance - a week of concerts is coming to the end, a good number of pianists from your list came. Others as well. Others came earlier,others will follow later that year. Real feast. And Chopin competition. Too much ? Not in Poland.

mostly opera... said...

Yes Pogorelich has become extraordinarily odd indeed. I too remember the early 80´s especially his recording of Gaspard de la nuit which is among the best on disc, imho.

dining table said...

Those pianists in your list are all great. I can't pick of one because I know they are all deserve to be the greatest pianist in the world. You have a very interesting topic.

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