New reply from leglover
<p>Horowitz's demonic playing of Scriabin's Op. 8, No. 12 is unmatched in pianist annals (even by Horowitz himself!): youtube.com/watch?v=7ClDFmFmr0k<br /><br />If you like Baroque composers, perhaps you have not heard of Giuseppe Tartini. He is worth checking out.<br /><br />In the Classical era, I don't lean toward Mozart, but his 39th, 40th, and 41st (<em>Jupiter</em>) Symphonies are astonishing. Nor am I an opera fan, but <em>Don Giovanni</em> is the exception that proves the rule. <br /><br />Further to that, many may not be familiar with Beethoven's <em>Archduke</em> trio, which is, to my non-chamber-music mind, the finest piece of chamber music ever written, positively thrilling: youtube.com/watch?v=5mrfy_D9JVE (this has Kempff on piano, and no one, simply no one, played Beethoven on piano like Kempff, and hence, if you are looking for the complete sonatas, look no further than Kempff (I believe his earlier recording is considered superior)).<br /><br />I, myself, cannot stomach Schumann, but a remarkable man, composer, entrepreneur, (almost) baseball player, president of Julliard and more, the 20th-century modernist William Schuman (one "n") wrote many compositions of note, but none is better than his <em>Symphony No. 3: </em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKxnQ0thmGI">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKxnQ0thmGI</a> (conducted by Bernstein). I enjoy of all Schubert's symphonies.<br /><br />Back to the Romantic Era, one cannot exceed Horowitz when it comes to Liszt, but I particularly recommend the <em>Piano Sonata in B minor; </em>and the 7th and 12th Hungarian Rhapsodies, as well as <em>Danse Macabre</em>. As far as Chopin is concerned, Ivo Pogorelich ignited the greatest controversy in the history of the famed Chopin Competition when he didn't win in this iconoclastic, visceral <em>Piano Sonata No. 2 </em>(<em>Funeral March</em>): <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0GVaJq_CTM">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0GVaJq_CTM</a>. Listen–watch!–this version, not his later ones. There is also his <em>Piano Sonata No. 3</em>, a titanic piece, here also performed by Pogorelich in his youth: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFYsSzek_4g">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFYsSzek_4g</a>. In my view, there is no Chopin pianist at his peak who is the measure of Pogorelich. His early performance of Prokofiev's <em>Sonata No. 6</em> is also breathtaking. The <em>Sonata No. 7</em> is also very worthwhile for those who accept musical dissonance.<br /><br />Stravinsky's <em>The Rite of Spring</em>, which others have mentioned, is nonpareil. Nothing like it ever had been nor will be.<br /><br />For Rachmaninoff, where again, the standard is Horowitz (even Rachmaninoff himself said so), you must turn to Richter for the <em>Piano Concerto No. 2,</em> as there is no Horowitz recording of it. But for the <em>Piano Concerto No. 3</em>, the monstrously difficult <em>Sonata</em>, and the thrilling Etude-Tableau in D Maj., Op. 39, No. 9 (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PctEvvRL9sU">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PctEvvRL9sU</a>), Horowitz cannot be topped (although Volodos here and with Liszt gives him a run for his money). <br /><br />Surprisingly, perhaps, because it is so beautiful and melodic, I am very partial to Copland's <em>Appalachian Spring</em>. <br /><br />John Adams, the modernist composer, has a couple of works I'd particularly recommend. First would be the pianistic <em>tour de force</em> of <em>Phrygian Gates. </em>Pianist Mack McCray commissioned this and there is no finer version, but I can't find it online (I did, however, see him perform it!), but there are many extant versions on YouTube. Second, yet entirely different, the beautiful violin/piano duet<em> </em><em>Road Movies: </em>youtube.com/watch?v=F3zYhjlavKo<br /><br />Keith Emerson's Piano Concerto No. 1 is also a favorite of mine. </p>
Original Post by emergingessence
Do you like classical music?
<p>Are there any Composers you would recommend listening to?</p>