The A-Z of the piano

We celebrate the world's most popular instrument with a look at 26 of its greatest features

O is for Ovation: the greatest pianists of all time

In August 2010, BBC Music Magazine invited 100 concert pianists to vote for their top three favourite pianists whose playing has been recorded. The contentious results – and the number of votes cast for each (in brackets) – were:

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1. Rachmaninov (24)
2. Rubinstein (22, left)
3. Horowitz (21)
4. Richter (17)
5. Cortot (15)
6. Lipatti (13)
7. Schnabel (11)
8. Gilels (10)
9. Argerich (10)
10. Michelangeli (9)

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