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GREAT PIANISTS OF YESTERYEAR (The "Golden Age" of Piano)


Film and audio of Camille Saint-Saëns playing his Valse Mignonne, Op.104 (silent film of Saint-Saëns,
made by Sacha Guitry in 1914, synchronized with the composer's audio recording of 24 November 1919)


This category features video footage and audio recordings of great pianists of the later 19th century to the later 20th century from the great artists of the pre-WW2 era, like early Arrau and Horowitz, to the great artists who rose to prominence in the post-WW2 years, like Richter and Gilels. Listening to and studying the playing styles of the great pianists of yesteryear (often referred to as the "Golden Age of Piano") is fascinating and rewarding, which is indispensable to anyone aspiring to become a "well-rounded" pianist. Below is a list of many of the great pianists of yesteryear (arranged chronologically according to birth dates):  

  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1935-1921)

  • Teresa Carreño (1853-1917)
  • Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941)
  • Moriz Rosenthal (1862-1946)
  • Eugen d’Albert (1864-1932)
  • Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938)
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
  • Josef Lhévinne (1874-1944)
  • Josef Hofmann (1876-1957)
  • Alfred Cortot (1877-1962)
  • Olga Samaroff (1880-1948)
  • Myra Hess (1880-1965)
  • Rosina Lhévinne (1880-1976)
  • Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948)
  • Artur Schnabel (1882-1951)
  • Wilhelm Backhaus (1884-1969)
  • Edwin Fischer (1886-1960)
  • Artur Rubinstein (1887-1982)
  • Benno Moiseiwitsch (1890-1963)
  • Clara Haskil (1895-1960)
  • Walter Gieseking (1895-1956)
  • Wilhelm Kempff (1895-1991)
  • Maria Yudina (1899-1970)
  • Robert Casadesus (1899-1972)
  • Vladimir Sofronitsky (1901-1961)
  • Solomon (1902-1988)
  • Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989)
  • Claudio Arrau (1903-1991)
  • Rudolf Serkin (1903-1991)
  • Grigory Ginzburg (1904-1961)
  • Clifford Curzon (1907-1982)
  • Art Tatum (1909-1956)
  • Shura Cherkassky (1909-1995)
  • Nikita Magaloff (1912-1992)
  • Rudolf Firkušný (1912-1994)
  • Jorge Bolet (1914-1990)
  • Rosalyn Tureck (1914-2003)
  • Earl Wild (1915-2010)
  • Sviotaslav Richter (1915-1997)
  • Emil Gilels (1916-1985)
  • Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950)
  • Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995)
  • György Cziffra (1921-1994)
  • William Kapell (1922-1953)
  • Abbey Simon (1922- )
  • Alicia de Larrocha (1923-2009)
  • Richard Farrell (1926-1958)
  • Julius Katchen (1926-1969)
  • Paul Badura-Skoda (1927- )
  • Jörg Demus (1928- )
  • Leon Fleischer (1928- )
  • Alexis Weissenberg (1929-2012)


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