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aimless
Amazing, but perhaps because I'm a baroque snob :) I never really like hearing Bach played on modern pianos...
I find it very hard to relate to the sound of the harpsichord. I like it in ensembles (concertos) but I struggle with solo harpsichord.
 

Firky

The first of the gang
Banned
Like Spinning Plates, played forwards with a backwards melody - lyrics also sung with a backwards melody forwards. Not the prettiest of songs but technically brilliant IMO.
 

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Twelve tone special!

Unsung genius of 20th century music Milton Babbitt

Boulez's second sonata, one of the greatest piano works of all time

Gould playing Webern - he plays it a bit choppy for me but it's still great
 

existentialist

Fabulous shoes
I find it very hard to relate to the sound of the harpsichord. I like it in ensembles (concertos) but I struggle with solo harpsichord.
*nods* I know what you mean - I'd have settled for an original fortepiano recording, but it doesn't look like there are any of those on YouTube (the fortepiano postdates Bach somewhat - the original fugues would have been played on clavichord or harpsichord, or organ).

This is a different fugue being played on a fortepiano - you'll hear that the sound is less "bright" and in your face.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortepiano

ETA: I once went to a recital of Scarlatti harpsichord music at the Wigmore Hall - it's probably the only classical concert in my life where I wanted to bale out half way through, one million pingy little notes in!
 

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aimless
Very nice! Properly woke me up this morning.
That Lutoslawski is amazing, I only wish I could follow the score without getting lost.
 

existentialist

Fabulous shoes
Very nice! Properly woke me up this morning.
That Lutoslawski is amazing, I only wish I could follow the score without getting lost.
Not easy, is it? :) Works for me if I kind of follow it one beat to the bar. But I've a feeling that's the kind of piece you use the music to learn from before you perform it at speed - not something I'd want to sight-read, anyway! (and anyway, playing anything off two staves at once is just unnatural, in my view :) ).
 

existentialist

Fabulous shoes
I know this has a violin accompanying the piano (hem hem hem), but still a beautiful piece of minimalist music - Arvo Pärt, Spiegel im Spiegel.

 

Sirena

Don't monkey with the buzzsaw
He's not considered as cool as some jazz greats but Oscar Peterson was a glorious pianist at his best. Sadly, this tune (his own composition 'Hymn To Freedom') has a little glitch near the end....

 
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