I have a very good pal from Uni days who has bravely been battling breast cancer for 16 years which is sadly terminal. She is a very gifted classical pianist and will be coming to visit me later this month. She is keen to hear my recently significantly upgraded system especially the new ATC’s and I thought it might be nice to have some exceptionally well recorded piano pieces to play for her while she is here.
My taste is broad encompassing rock, folk, pop and some classical while hers includes classical, melodic rock and folk.
I’d welcome any recommendations for pieces that provide a real ‘piano in the room’ experience from anyone here as my current piano recordings while decent aren’t exceptional.
We both love Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 for sentimental reasons as I saw her perform it back in 1989 and it put tears in my eyes with its intensity and beauty so any exceptional recordings of that would be especially welcome.
She’s an incredible lady and continues to live her life to the full and still performs and plays at many piano festivals and competitions (which she very often wins!) She’s played at Eisteddfod amongst other performances on TV, indeed no less a talent than Noriko Ogawa is a big fan. She was nominated by Breast Cancer UK to carry the Olympic torch for the London Olympics.
It’s always a joy to hear her play when she visits even on our lowly Casio Celviano digital piano, but it always amazes me that she can make even that sound so good!
One day I dream of finding a way to have her professionally recorded on a suitable concert grand so that her music can live on beyond her.
Anyway, all recommendations are welcome!