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Very interesting compilation.

They're all super-excellent (and beyond), although to my taste Furtwängler's Brandenburg cadenza is so draggy that it makes this magnificent historical musical moment into a painful bore. grin
This cadenza is to me one of the most crowningest and movingest moments in all of music, and although we have to say he plays it "well," IMO he makes it unbearable.

But back to the main thing, which is how interesting this is and how excellently they play:
With the possible exception of Bernstein who was pretty active as a pianist and so this is no surprise, it maybe shows how being an excellent pianist depends less on practicing and "technique" than we might suppose. When you're a great musician and you really know the music, maybe it comes pretty naturally to play even very difficult piano music.

Or.....maybe these guys came into music mainly as pianists in the first place, and were at it from an early age and never lost it....

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I'd hate to speculate on what Furtwängler's tempo would have done to one of Lenny's Young People's Concerts, given the amount of "bored coughing" the adults engaged in for Furtwängler. laugh (I do like F's magisterial use of dynamics.)



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Other possible additions could be Solti, Britten. Nezet-Seguin may be included on that type of list one day. Barenboim too, but he was a famous piano prodigy. Ditto Ashkenazy.

They all would have a phenomenally sensitive ear for phrasing and dynamics.

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Hi

I'd add Andre Previn, not only a conductor of note, but also a terrific Jazz Pianist.

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I was impressed by the quality of the Mahler roll transfer, so i looked into it. It appears that the recordings were made in 1905 on the Welte-Mignon rolls. The transfer has been sponsored by Gilbert Kaplan, who was a fortunate amateur conductor. He recorded quite successfully the 2nd of Mahler.

One can buy the CD of Mahler recordings. Most often second hand.

https://www.discogs.com/release/11511079-Mahler-Mahler-Plays-Mahler-The-Welte-Mignon-Piano-Rolls


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The Furtwangler version is indeed boring to death. Karajan is also equal to himself, applying his usual sound aesthetic to all composers.


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