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Post by Thomandy on Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:34 pm

endre wrote:Nice topic, it gives some ideas. Smile
I don't know classical to be honest so it'd be tough, but I just "found" some 25 CDs worth of classical piano music on the Internetz in .flac format (meaning good quality) so I'll know a bit more, hehe.

For now...
- I found something I seem to like a lot. Chopin, Waltz op 62 no 2 (c# minor). Kinda current favorite...
People play it very random but I like this guy's interpretation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WpDH5zbhIk
- I like Canon, the George Winston version. Seems kinda much more.. living than the original.
- Indeed I need to check on some Vivaldi, I remember the four season being real nice but didn't hear it since a long, long time...

Too bad I don't have a proper sound system, classical music really requires some proper quality.

Hehe... Its funny to see how you discribe it Smile : "... but I like this guys interpretation" Smile
Nothing wrong, but thats Artur Rubinstein, maybe 20centerey nr 1 pianist! So I just thought it was funny he was refereed to as "this guy" Smile hehe

You are right, this is one of my favorites! Smile So distinct Smile
And strange thing is that I stumbled upon this video yesterday, and now you post it here Smile ...

I can recommend more Chopin and others:

Nocturne Op9 No1


Nocturne Op48 No1


Nocturne in F# minor


Nocturne "Libestraum n3"
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Post by endre on Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:01 pm

Hehe... well I think I wrote that intentionally, I mean I seen several interpretations of this peace on youtube and they are all so different. There's been other good pianists too but for this particular piece I think Rubinstein's was that I liked most.
It must not be the same with all pieces he ever played, who knows Smile

I seen some stuff from Horovitz and he's kinda good, too Smile
For example
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFvqvZOtCF0

Maybe a bit off topic to talk about performers so I'll say I also like this piece, Chopin Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53, but I think it depends so much upon the interpretation... funny.

Will check your suggestions, too, thanks.

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Post by Thomandy on Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:31 pm

endre wrote:Hehe... well I think I wrote that intentionally, I mean I seen several interpretations of this peace on youtube and they are all so different. There's been other good pianists too but for this particular piece I think Rubinstein's was that I liked most.
It must not be the same with all pieces he ever played, who knows Smile

I seen some stuff from Horovitz and he's kinda good, too Smile
For example
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFvqvZOtCF0

Maybe a bit off topic to talk about performers so I'll say I also like this piece, Chopin Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53, but I think it depends so much upon the interpretation... funny.

Will check your suggestions, too, thanks.

Yeah Smile I see Smile
Well let me know what you think of them =)

Yeah, its the Heroique is Awesome!! Love that one! Smile - Yeah, Interpretations is Essential Smile Not strange at all in my book. Every man and women that play piano can play every single piece thats ever written... But will they all play all the pieces good? Not, because this is the main/hard part about music Smile Even La Campanella is playable if you play it at 1BPM right? But it wont sound good until you get it up to speed and play the notes in a beautiful way Smile
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Post by Lanxil on Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:21 pm

hmmm favourite pieces ... Some examples:
F.Chopin Nocturne no.20 Opus post. in cis sharp minor from the film the pianist ^^
F.Chopin Fantasy(/ie) Impromptu Op.66 is in my opinion a very nice piece
F.Chopin Ballade no.1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR7eUSFsn28 Zimerman is my favourite xD)
J.S.Bach Toccata and Fug(u)e in d minor
F.Liszt La Campanella
that`s pretty much it from my point of view (of course I could post more, but I think that would be way too much xD)
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Post by Piano_Mangaka on Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:43 pm

I know a lot but I forgot the names of most of them. Here are a few I remember.
1. Heart & Soul
2. The River Flows In You by Yiruma
3. Moonlight Sonata 1st, 2nd, and 3rd movement
4. Fur Elise
I just started playing piano so I don't really know how to play them... it is kind of hard trying to teach yourself. confused

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Post by Thomandy on Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:08 pm

Piano_Mangaka wrote:
I know a lot but I forgot the names of most of them. Here are a few I remember.
1. Heart & Soul
2. The River Flows In You by Yiruma
3. Moonlight Sonata 1st, 2nd, and 3rd movement
4. Fur Elise
I just started playing piano so I don't really know how to play them... it is kind of hard trying to teach yourself. confused

Hi Smile yeah, might be useful to get a teacher Smile
If you cant, then just stay dedicated Smile The results will come, just try to gather lots of theory and info so you dont do things the wrong way from the beginning ^^ The forum is great for that, as well as Andrews videos Smile
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Post by The-Zeronaut on Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:23 am

Beethoven - Sonata Op 57 "Appassionata" Mov3
Beethoven - Moonlight sonata Mov 3
Chopin - Nocturne in C Sharp minor opus posthumus
Nobuo Uematsu - "Julia", "To Zanakard", "Final Fantasy VII Main Theme", and a lot more >.<

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Post by zielarz999 on Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:35 am

Beethoven- Appassionata Mov.1 and Mov. 3; Moonlight, Mov.1 and Mov.3, Scherzo from Sonata op.2 no.2

Chopin- Every scherzo, every ballade, Nocturne op.48 no.1,
op.9 no.1,2,3
Polonaise A flat op. 53. Barcarolle F# Major op. 60, "Spring" op.74 no.2, Piano Concertos, Polonaise E flat op. 22 and many, many other

Mozart- "Coronation" Concerto

Schubert- Impromptus op.90 no. 2,3,4 and op.142 no.3 in B flat.

Liszt- Sonata B minor, La campanella, Liebestraum

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Post by Klavier on Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:08 pm

Beethoven's Moonlight, Appassionata but most of all Pathetique.
The darker Chopin works like Op. 55 no 1 in F.
Mozart's Rondo in A minor, especially the start and Lacrimosa.
Rachmaninoff's Op.25 no. 5 in G minor.
Lots of Nobuo Uematsu works, mainly from FFIX like Vamo' Alla Flamenco.

Seems I like either very happy stuff or very sad stuff, with very very little in the middle. Surprised
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Post by Elishia on Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:27 pm

This!!!! Most beautiful song ever!
Trio of piano, violin, cello. I really like the the melody of the piano Smile

& another trio of piano, violin, cello. Where the piano is more background music and the violin takes the lead.

& a piano solo which I just love! I hope I can play it someday in my life.


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Post by aendym on Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:40 pm

Oh yes! This is fantastic!!! Good pick Elishia! I like the third one most!
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Post by ROBIN on Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:40 pm

i agree with aendym a very nice selection elishia ...and welcome to forum Smile

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Post by Dibalias on Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:05 am

My favorite composition : Chopin - Ballade No.1 in G minor


It's a kind of supernatural beauty. I have begin piano thanks to this composition.

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Post by aendym on Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:15 pm

supernatural is the way he plays it with so much feeling! It gives me goosebumps!
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Post by Katarzyna on Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:34 pm

Chopin- Nocturne op.9 no.2
Chopin- Revolutionary Etude
Chopin- Polonaise in A major op.53
Chopin- Prelude no.4
Chopin- Piano Concerto in E minor
Beethoven- Piano Concerto no.3
Beethoven- Fur Elise

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Post by RinoaGriever on Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:08 pm

Hum....

1. To Zanarkand - Final Fantasy X
2. Ballade pour Adeline - Richard Clayderman
3. Melody of life - Final Fantasy IX

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Post by jazzylady on Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:44 am

My favourites are anything by george gershwin , i think he was a genius . I like a couple of pieces by chopin , straus too . Laughing

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Post by LauraaRose on Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:19 pm

Für Elise - Beethoven
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart
Chariots of fire - Vangelis

That last one is definely my favourite
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Post by Kentz on Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:31 pm

Transcendental Etude No.4 Mazeppa.
No.10
No.11

Hungarian rhapsody no.2
La Campanella
Rachmaninoff Prelude 23 opus..5?
Oh and Hungarian Rhapsody 19
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Post by endre on Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:22 am

Then maybe you heard this recording...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqKsCGNq6R8
My favorite La Campanella version Smile

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Post by Phenyxx on Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:01 am

1- Beethoven Sonata op.27 no.2 Moonlight
2-Chopin op.9 no.2 Nocturne
3-Chopin op.28 no.15 Raindrops
4-Chopin op.66 no.4 Fantaisie Impromptu

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Post by KeyboardGal on Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:17 pm

I love playing the piano but found it was too hard to name my favorites ...there are so many. So I thought I'd just list my favorites by JS Bach:
French Suites: No 2
English Suite No. 2
Goldberg Variations (I managed to memorize No 1, 18, 19 -- still working on learning the theme by heart)
Partita No. 4

It's not that I don't like other composers -- I love Brahms and Beethoven, Chopin and Mendelssohn, Grieg and Debussy to name just a few. But for me, I guess, it's Bach, Bach and more Bach. Very Happy

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Post by Matthieu Stepec on Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:46 pm

I love Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit (Ondine and Scarbo)

I also like Messiaen's music (Here is an example)

Schubert's first impromptu is nice too.


And this rendition of the Schubert sonata in A is amazing.

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Post by Alistair123 on Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:30 pm

The rachmaninoff piano concerto no. 3. All three movements are beautifull but the first movement has the most epic, adrenaline filled moments in it in all of music history Exclamation
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Post by Stride Piano on Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:06 am

A few of my favorites pieces are:

1. Hobson Street Blues by Bob Zurke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5HJpbvaf54
2. Greenwich Witch by Zez Confrey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj_MeGaKBKw
3. Charleston by James P. Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzIaWcnThp8&feature=related
4. King Porter Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2FRFXSHM54
5. Smashing Thirds by Fats Waller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX_G3NvHvSY&feature=related
6. Alligator Crawl by Fats Waller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6lo0vbm-mw&feature=related
7. The Crave by Jelly Roll Morton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaI6QtorIL0&feature=related
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