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egcc113
06-12-2011, 01:49
So, I've recently been looking into solo piano recordings, and, since I'm completely new to this genre, I have no idea what I'm doing. :P Basically, I'm looking for some recommendations to get me started. I know the genre of "solo piano" is quite large and varied, but the kind of stuff I'm looking for is the inspirational, fast-paced stuff you get in movies when somebody really gets in to playing. The only example I seem to be able to come up with is from the movie Penelope - the piece Max/Johnny (James McAvoy) plays in the empty restaurant before he gets interrupted.

That's a horrible description/example, I know. But if you've got even a vague idea of what I'm talking about, please just throw a couple names at me to get me started. :)

Thanks a bunch!
Elisabeth

Jerome
06-12-2011, 01:52
http://michaelnyman.com/

http://youtu.be/hdWLwRexMRA

egcc113
06-12-2011, 02:17
Thank you, that was fast! Nyman sounds amazing :) I will definitely research him!
Thanks again!
Elisabeth

Jerome
06-12-2011, 02:55
Also if you get the chance, watch the movie 'Shine'.

egcc113
06-12-2011, 04:14
Will do!
Elisabeth

CRAZY-HORSE
06-12-2011, 04:45
Also if you get the chance, watch the movie 'Shine'.

Shine is brilliant Jerome....the pianist it is based on(David Helfgott) still performs here in a Perth hills suburb of Rolystone several weeks a year...only seen him do his thing once, he has similar looks to Geoffrey Rush and rush's manerisms in the movie are almost spot on!

Jerome
06-12-2011, 18:49
I agree - fascinating film. Did not realise he is still active and playing. You learn something every day......

centermez
06-12-2011, 19:29
This isn't quite solo piano- but running along what I see people have posted you might want to look into The Penguin Cafe Orchestra. It has strings and winds, but definitely this type of feel... Although Silver Star of Bologna is a solo piano piece you should check out.

SteveO
06-12-2011, 22:59
Welcome aboard MD, Centermez ! I will have to check out PCO ! ..sounds interesting !
This isn't quite solo piano- but running along what I see people have posted you might want to look into The Penguin Cafe Orchestra. It has strings and winds, but definitely this type of feel... Although Silver Star of Bologna is a solo piano piece you should check out.

centermez
07-12-2011, 00:04
Oh man. So good. Composer Simon Jeffes decided he needed to take a visceral approach to music after he got sick and had a series of waking dreams. Check out the history and stuff at their website if you're interested :) http://www.penguincafe.com/#mythology

gryphon
07-12-2011, 10:35
Penguin Cafe Orchestra is a relatively unique experience within Popular music ...................Jeffs took some of his influences from the Cage and Stockhausen theatres and developed them in his/their own way so if you want to go down this route I would suggest this.

Pierre Henry (http://www.discogs.com/artist/Pierre+Henry) Variations For A Door And A Sigh as a starting point !

This is not really piano solo music but it does have the inventive and ground breaking feel that you are looking towards:cool:

chamightlike
03-01-2012, 08:37
I've found a lot of great recommendations from the solo piano channel over at sky.fm. The best thing about it is that they always tell you the name and title of the track.