About quality of performances:
As a relative noob, I don't feel qualified to even express a preference for one of the upper-echelon pianists. For instance, I've heard about 5 recordings of Chopin's 1st Piano Concerto recently; I hear differences, of course, but whether It's Michelangeli, Pires, Aurrau, etc., I think preferences here mostly boil down to difference of taste and superficialities like recording quality. I guess it's best to judge ad-hoc. Feel free to prove otherwise.
Other, more intimate pieces seem to be more prone to 'wrong' approaches; e.g. Debussy's Douze Etudes
- compare, for instance, Ushida's performance (Philips) vs. that of Thiollier (Naxos).
Anyone familiar with the pianist "Solomon" ? A few weeks ago I heard a recording of his playing of a late sonata of Beethoven, and Liszt's "transciption" of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in A minor for organ.
And what is your opinion about it?
Never heard about him before, but I'll be checking this
out some time.