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    Your reference piano recordings

    Let's start a thread on this. Here is the only album I could find in my collection that qualifies as my reference, and I have used it for about 15 years now (and what I demonstrated for Frantz at Goodwin's during his Spectral/Q7 audition).



    If your system cannot accurately reproduce this piano you have work to do, as I do. If you are not startled by many of the tracks, like track #5 @6:33, you have work to do; thankfully, no problems there for me.

    Nojima Plays Liszt on Reference Recordings RR-25 would be my second-best.

    So what are your reference piano recordings?
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    Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack
    Clean Cuts ‎ CC 705

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    Without a shadow of doubt this will have to be:

    Mirror canon on the 2L noridc sound label (in MCH SACD)

    http://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Canon-H.../dp/B0016OODEI

    Nothing else I have on piano is even close, including other highly regarded SACD recordings.

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    Keith Jarrett...what can you say,I think he is one of the best ever. His Carnegie concert is just wonderful. I read he tunes his own piano,the recording captures all of his artistry and I never tire of this album.

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    Oscar Peterson - Tracks

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    If by "reference" you mean solo piano and excellent recording, the one I use is this one on MA Recordings:

    http://www.marecordings.com/main/pro...6fdd6532f5f638

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    Amina Claudia Myers Tribute to Bessie Smith- the piano has weight and lot's of overtones- i find the voice overloaded on recording but the piano sound is sublime. You need to get the original Leo records pressing the 'audiophile' reissue sounds dead and lifeless.

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    FIM 32-bit Remaster Ltd Edition: Loussier Plays Bach
    Angela Hewitt Beethoven Piano Concertos
    Glenn Gould Bach Goldberg Variations...NOT a superb recording, but one I know well and have been surprised how great it can really sound
    Occassionally:
    - Oscar Peterson Recordings (many, many, incl the FIM Remaster of We Get Requests)
    - MA Recordings Goldberg Variations
    - Chopin Nocturnes Moravec
    - Scarlatti Sonata - Pletnev
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    Quote Originally Posted by LL21 View Post
    - MA Recordings Goldberg Variations
    I think that the high-rez of this is superb, but the Bulgarian Piano Blues was better. I'm hoping that Todd will release Bulgarian Piano Blues in high-rez soon.
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    Another solo piano I played today while flipping through my solo piano recordings:

    Dick Hyman plays Fats Waller direct to CD. The story is pretty interesting:
    http://www.technofileonline.com/texts/hyman-rr90.html

    Because they recorded a Bosendorfer 290SE reproducing piano, they could edit Hyman's playing before "recording live".
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