HARBETH: User group: Wonderful recordings of Solo Piano

The thread starts: I was just listening (on my C7ES3's) to Andrew Rangell's album Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas, Volume I, and the sound of the Steinway D, is extremely realistic. Recorded at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (upstate New York), world famous for its acoustics, by engineers at Dorian Recordings (now defunct, but Dorian was well-known for their very careful recording and microphone techniques), the recording makes me feel that I'm sitting in row 10 of the music hall, listening to a live performance.

Piano must be very, very hard to record with such realism, the techniques a dark art, because so many recordings of solo piano just do not sound truly real, even those produced by major labels.

Rangell's interpretations are often beautiful, but always idiosyncratic, and as a result his albums have not sold that well, yet the sound created by the Dorian engineers is wonderful.

Any other favorite, particularly realistic, recordings of piano out there?

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