2017-08-06 09:11:03 UTC
For example it surprised me to find that Maria Grinberg recorded Bartok's Out of Doors
Yes she played quite a lot of modern music (Sviridov, Weinberg, Prokofiev), but Bartok, though somewhat mainstreamed because of how his PCs have been taken up by so many pianists--always strikes me as a specialty. I think she sounds great though.
Another surprise--to the downside--would be any romantic repertoire by Hamelin. I don't understand why people obsess about this pianist. To me he flatlines in anything romantic or requiring wide dynamics (in sound and emotion).
Gieseking playing Rachmaninoff is a great surprise if you ask me. Unique expressions, the sort that open more thought about the work.
I drifted into the obvious (Gieseking & Hamelin), but I had in mind less often heard about surprises (Grinberg). If you have some I'd like to hear them.