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Realistic Recordings of Piano

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  • Realistic Recordings of Piano

    Do you have an album or album track on which the sound of the piano seems particularly realistic? We all have our own preferences, of course, say for the harder sound from next to the piano or the more reverberant sound from the 15th row of a lovely recording hall, but what recordings sound most like a real piano to you?

    I'll start:

    Mozart: Piano Quartets, Beaux Arts Trio
    Horowitz at Home, tracks: the Mozart sonata
    Horowitz at the Met, tracks: Scarlatti sonatas


  • #2
    Herbie Hancock: The Piano, tracks: My Funny Valentine & Blue Otani


    • #3
      ivo pogorelich plays moussorgsky: pictures at an exhibition. incredible CD.

      Harbeth M40.1-Naim NAC52-Supercap-NAP 135-CDS2-XPS


      • #4
        Many of them, these few night and now I am enjoying:
        - Argerich/Abbado/Mahler chamber orchestra beethoven piano concerto 3&2
        - Pires/Abbado/Chamber orchestra of Europe Mozart piano concerto 21&26
        - Argerich/Dutoit/Montreal Chopin piano concert 1&2

        "Bath with Music"


        • #5
          In addition to what Keith has mentioned above, i would like to add this one....Liszt piano concerto No 1...very compelling performance!


          • #6
            Add this too:
            Debussy Preludes & l'Isle Joyeuse by Maurizio Pollini on DGG 458 187-2.
            A well made very natural piano recording, imho.

            "If all else fails, read the instructions"


            • #7
              Add one more album i am listening now:
              - the art of Alfred brendel vol.1 virtouso pieces in Vanguard label featuring chopin polonaise and liszt Hungarian rhapsodies.
              "Bath with Music"