An introduction to the greatest classical pianists and their best recordings, featuring Martha Argerich, Vladimir Horowitz, Igor Levit and Maria João Pires

The greatest classical pianists make even the most familiar music seem freshly composed in the moment and their recordings continue to inspire new generations of listeners for many decades.

We've chosen 50 of our favourite pianists for this list and could have easily chosen dozens more, yet we feel sure that there are enough life-changing recordings here to act as a good beginner's guide to the world of classical piano music. The list is arranged alphabetically and we have only recommended recordings that are widely available today.

Leif Ove Andsnes (b1970)

The Norwegian pianist came to prominence following his debut in Oslo in 1987 and ...


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