Is there a recording of this by Aki Takahashi?hatta wrote:Did Yuji perform it as well? I've only heard his sister Aki's take on it. Which is quite good, but not enough to make me stray from the Tilbury.
There are actually two different recordings by Yuji Takahashi. Before the Denon LP, he'd recorded the work for the Swedish label Fylkingen. I haven't heard this one in a long time, but I'm pretty sure that he missed a string or two when he did the preparations. Other than this unusual error, I'm not sure why anyone would consider his recording(s) to be the most famous.
A couple of very good performances of the S&I that don't get the attention they deserve are Darryl Rosenberg's on VQR Digital (which label may not exist any longer) & Louis Goldstein's on is own Offseason Productions label which is at least available from Verge, if nowhere else. Both of these players do a great job of presenting the work's overall architecture: Rosenberg's approach is more sort of "Classical", while Goldstein's could almost be characterized as "Romantic", both terms used rather loosely.
Goldstein also has an excellent performance of Feldman's Triadic Memories on his label that's one of the best recordings of a solo piano I've ever heard. The shimmer of overtones in the fermata-like pauses are incredibly lovely.