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Johann Sebastian Bach

Rank: 1 | My Play Count: 6543 | Scrobbled: 50162558 times | Total listeners: 1525920

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Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations, and vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. The Bach family already counted several composers when Johann Sebastian was born as the last child of a city musician in Eisenach. Read more on Last.fm

Tags: Classical baroque instrumental composers german

Martin Stadtfeld

Rank: 2 | My Play Count: 5903 | Scrobbled: 132677 times | Total listeners: 11921

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Described by Die Zeit as "exceptionally talented", the German pianist Martin Stadtfeld was born in Koblenz in 1980 and made his concert debut at the age of only nine. He was thirteen when he began to study with Lev Natochenny at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt. The list of his competition successes begins with the "Jugend musiziert" Competition organized by the German Federal government. In 1997 he won the Nikolai Rubinstein Piano Competition in Paris and in 2001 caused a sensation as finalist in the Busoni Competition in Bolzano. Read more on Last.fm

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Bill Evans

Rank: 3 | My Play Count: 4020 | Scrobbled: 12328071 times | Total listeners: 618553

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There are at least three artists with this name: a jazz pianist, a jazz saxophonist and a banjo player. 1.) Bill Evans (born William John Evans; 16th August 1929-15th September 1980) was one of the most famous jazz pianists of the twentieth century. Along with McCoy Tyner and Oscar Peterson, he was the force behind the biggest evolution in jazz piano since Art Tatum and Bud Powell. His use of impressionistic harmony, his inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire Read more on Last.fm

Tags: jazz jazz piano piano bebop Fusion

Glenn Gould

Rank: 4 | My Play Count: 3294 | Scrobbled: 12940021 times | Total listeners: 303523

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Glenn Gould (Toronto, Canada 1932-1982) was a Canadian pianist most known for his interpretations of baroque keyboard music, particularly the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Gould's first performance to receive widespread attention was his 1955 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. His speed, dexterity and tone revolutionized the understanding of this piece and it became inextricably linked with Gould for the remainder of his life. His final recording Read more on Last.fm

Tags: Classical piano baroque Bach Canadian

The Economist

Rank: 5 | My Play Count: 2675 | Scrobbled: 825004 times | Total listeners: 20507

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The Economist is a weekly news and international affairs publication owned by The Economist Newspaper Ltd edited in London, UK. It has been in continuous publication since September 1843. The aim of The Economist is "to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress". Read more on Last.fm

Tags: podcast News economics analysis Business

Michael Franks

Rank: 6 | My Play Count: 2478 | Scrobbled: 1351661 times | Total listeners: 119634

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Michael Franks (born 18 September 1944 in La Jolla, California, USA) is a smooth jazz singer and songwriter from the United States. He has recorded with a variety of well-known artists, such as Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Art Garfunkel, and David Sanborn. His songs have been recorded by The Manhattan Transfer, Patti Labelle, Carmen McRae, Diana Krall, Shirley Bassey and the Carpenters. Franks grew up in southern California with his father Gerald Read more on Last.fm

Tags: Smooth Jazz jazz vocal jazz easy listening contemporary jazz

James Taylor

Rank: 7 | My Play Count: 1894 | Scrobbled: 13438356 times | Total listeners: 953884

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James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single "Fire and Rain" and had his first No. 1 hit the following year with "You've Got a Friend", a recording of Carole King's classic song. Read more on Last.fm

Tags: folk singer-songwriter acoustic classic rock rock

Weather Report

Rank: 8 | My Play Count: 1768 | Scrobbled: 4214807 times | Total listeners: 349392

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Weather Report was an influential jazz fusion band of the 1970s and 1980s, one of the bands that defined the genre. Their initial style was collectively improvised free jazz with a strong rhythmic pulse and Latin influences; moving into more funk-oriented rhythms. The sound also developed from an acoustic lineup to increasingly synthesised textures as keyboardist Joe Zawinul embraced successive generations of technology. The band was founded in Read more on Last.fm

Tags: jazz Fusion jazz fusion instrumental funk

Art Garfunkel

Rank: 9 | My Play Count: 1753 | Scrobbled: 1806085 times | Total listeners: 290967

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Art Garfunkel (born Arthur Ira Garfunkel on 5 November 1941 in Forest Hills, Queens, NYC, USA) is an American singer and actor, best known as half of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. He is of Romanian Jewish ancestry. He met his future singing partner, Paul Simon, in the sixth grade. Between 1956 and 1962, the two had performed together as Tom & Jerry. Garfunkel ("Tom Graph") chose his nickname because he liked to track, or "graph" hits, on the pop charts. Read more on Last.fm

Tags: folk singer-songwriter pop 70s rock

Milton Nascimento

Rank: 10 | My Play Count: 1655 | Scrobbled: 4021182 times | Total listeners: 218347

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Milton Nascimento (born 26 October, 1942) is a Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist, who is considered one of the foremost icons of Brazilian popular music. His work spans a multitude of genres, from contemporary folk to jazz, and is often rooted in the traditional and indigenous music of the country. Nascimento was born in Rio de Janeiro, and grew up in Três Pontas, Minas Gerais. His mother was the maid Maria do Carmo Nascimento. When he was just a few months old Read more on Last.fm

Tags: mpb brazilian brasil brazil world

Keith Jarrett

Rank: 11 | My Play Count: 1481 | Scrobbled: 6502054 times | Total listeners: 394637

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Keith Jarrett (born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA) is an American pianist and composer. He is considered one of the most important jazz pianists, renowned for his elaborate solo improvisations. As well as recording under his own name, he has recorded a number of albums as the Keith Jarrett Trio. In 2003, Jarrett received the Polar Music Prize, the first (and to this day only) recipient not to share the prize with a co-recipient, and in 2004 he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. Read more on Last.fm

Tags: jazz piano jazz piano contemporary jazz ECM

Pat Metheny

Rank: 12 | My Play Count: 1406 | Scrobbled: 6016037 times | Total listeners: 338863

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Patrick Bruce Metheny (born 12 August 1954 in Lee's Summit, Missouri, USA) is an American jazz guitarist and leader of the Pat Metheny Group. Metheny's musical contexts separate into many branches: the Pat Metheny Group plus various collaborations, duets, solo works, and other side projects. He first made it big in the jazz world with the famous vibraphonist Gary Burton. Throughout the late 70's, 80's, and 90's, Metheny established himself as one of the leading jazz guitar players in the world. Read more on Last.fm

Tags: jazz Fusion guitar jazz guitar jazz fusion

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Rank: 13 | My Play Count: 1372 | Scrobbled: 253426 times | Total listeners: 20414

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard (born 9 September 1957) is a French pianist. He was born in Lyon, where he entered the conservatory. Later he studied with Yvonne Loriod. In 1973, he was awarded the chamber music prize of the Paris Conservatoire. In the same year he won the first prize at the international Olivier Messiaen Competition. In 1977, at the invitation of Pierre Boulez, he became a founding member of the Ensemble InterContemporain. Aimard has collaborated with conductors such as Pierre Boulez Read more on Last.fm

Tags: piano Classical contemporary classical french classical piano

Sviatoslav Richter

Rank: 14 | My Play Count: 1245 | Scrobbled: 1243869 times | Total listeners: 88136

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Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter (Святослав Рихтер; March 20, 1915 - August 1, 1997) was a Soviet pianist. Sviatoslav Richter was widely recognized as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He was well known for his vast repertoire, effortless technique and poetic phrasing. Richter was born in Zhitomir, Ukraine but grew up in Odessa. Unusually, he was largely self-taught although his organist father provided him with a basic education in music. Read more on Last.fm

Tags: Classical piano russian classical piano Virtuoso

The Beatles

Rank: 15 | My Play Count: 1224 | Scrobbled: 516092470 times | Total listeners: 3668355

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The Beatles were an iconic rock group from Liverpool, England. They are frequently cited as the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in modern history, with innovative music, a cultural impact that helped define the 1960s and an enormous influence on music that is still felt today. Currently, The Beatles are one of the two musical acts to sell more than 1 billion records, with only Elvis Presley having been able to achieve the same feat. Read more on Last.fm

Tags: classic rock rock british 60s pop

Simone Dinnerstein

Rank: 16 | My Play Count: 1185 | Scrobbled: 300867 times | Total listeners: 16966

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Simone Dinnerstein is an American classical pianist, born in New York City, USA. Her father, Simon Dinnerstein, is a painter. She studied in the precollege program at the Manhattan School of Music with Solomon Mikowsky. She later attended The Juilliard School of Music and was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied in London with Maria Curcio. In addition to her solo recital work, she has been a featured guest artist at the Bard Music Festival Read more on Last.fm

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Lee Ritenour

Rank: 17 | My Play Count: 1163 | Scrobbled: 1892225 times | Total listeners: 185200

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Ritenour was born January 11, 1952 in Los Angeles, California. He played his first session when he was 16 with the Mamas and the Papas. Nicknamed "Captain Fingers", he (along with Larry Carlton) was a sought-after session guitarist by the mid-1970s. He is noted for playing his red Gibson ES-335 and his Gibson L5 guitars. One of his most notable influences is the pioneering jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. In 1976, he released his first solo album, First Course. Read more on Last.fm

Tags: jazz Smooth Jazz Fusion guitar jazz guitar

Ludwig van Beethoven

Rank: 18 | My Play Count: 1137 | Scrobbled: 34316283 times | Total listeners: 1834503

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Ludwig van Beethoven (16 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German pianist and composer of the transitional period between the late Classical and early Romantic eras. He is often regarded one of the most brilliant, prolific and influential composers of all time. Beethoven is widely regarded as a master of musical construction, sometimes sketching the architecture of a movement before he had decided upon the subject matter. He was one of the first composers to systematically and consistently use interlocking thematic devices Read more on Last.fm

Tags: Classical instrumental composers romantic classic

Paul Simon

Rank: 19 | My Play Count: 1129 | Scrobbled: 27188041 times | Total listeners: 1322120

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Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He first gained world-wide recognition as the writing talent behind the popular American folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel formed with fellow musician Art Garfunkel. When Simon & Garfunkel split in 1970, Simon quickly began his solo career with the release of the self-titled album, Paul Simon. This was followed by There Goes Rhymin' Simon and Still Crazy After All These Years Read more on Last.fm

Tags: singer-songwriter folk classic rock acoustic rock

Suzuki

Rank: 20 | My Play Count: 1117 | Scrobbled: 30193 times | Total listeners: 761

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