Compare: three extraordinary recordings.

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While I am truly happy that the initial subject digress to an interesting dicussion on the various pianists and their instruments, I wonder whether there is a "single soul" who happened to get interested to listen, let alone to buy, any of the three recordings in question. For example, it would be somehow interesting to know how any forum member(s) find the sound of the Bechstein (of 1921), used by Schiff for his recent Diabelli recording, on ECM, and how different himself sounds on this piano compared to his other recordings, normally performed on more "contemporary" instruments.

Parla

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Sorry Parla for causing a diversion!

The recordings you mention do sound interesting, but I'm not sure these are CDs I'd want to buy without hearing a little: I have quite a few recordings of the sonata already and, as for the Beethoven,  I am not a great enthusiast of Schiff's current playing style. I'll watch out though to see if either that or the Badura-Skoda appears on Spotify.

I do remember, many years ago, hearing Badura-Skoda and Demus playing Schubert piano music for four-hands in Vienna, on a Bösendorfer (and then two Bösendorfers). It sounded delightful on those instruments and I bought the DG LP of the same music. But they didn't use a Bösendorfer for that and the magic was absent!

Chris

 

Chris A.Gnostic

RE: Compare: three extraordinary recordings.

Chris, the "diversion" was quite interesting. So nothing to worry about or apologise for.

The recordings I mentioned are worthy of careful listening, for which purpose I'm not sure whether Spotify will be the most appropriate medium to use, but, since I do not use it, you might know better).

The Ravel discs are a unique case, as far as I can recall, and they were greatly recorded at least, while I have not a particular problem about the playing of the good pianist either.

The Badura-Skoda's ones are a gem, all the way: Superb pianism, musicianship and very detailed and realistic recording to reveal the details of the three magnificent instruments used.

Schiff is a sort of maverick, at least as I see his latest developments on record (in his last recording of the WTC, on ECM, he make no use at all of the pedal and he has a quite extensive essay why he opted for that. However, his playing is great as a different but exciting and meticulous approach of Bach's kaleidoscope of sounds of the "48"). In this Diabelli, you should focus more on the revelation of the sound of two unique instruments (recordingwise at least). Schiff is another "revelation", anyway. Not always, great or pleasant or glorious, but always interesting, daring, sometimes even audacious and inquisitive enough to go further than many others. 

All the above recordings are not the mainstream ones to get to know or simply "enjoy" these works. They are good for indulging in them. For a seasoned listener like you (and quite a few other members here), I trust they could be a listening experience rewarding and informative enough.

Parla

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Parla, I was able to place a library request for both the A. Schiff and the P. Badura-Skoda recordings. It might take a week or so but when they arrive, I'll give them a thorough listen.

Chris, I wish that I could send them to you however the overdue fines might end up being more than the CD's.

goofyfoot

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goofyfoot wrote:

Chris, I wish that I could send them to you however the overdue fines might end up being more than the CD's.

Lovely idea Goofyfoot!  Unfortunately you're right - even without factoring in the famed 'efficiency' of the local postal service!

I'm looking forward to reading your comments on the recordings in due course! 

Chris

Chris A.Gnostic

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