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After talking with a colleague of mine one day recently, I decided to make a bracket so we could choose our favorite performances of Ravel’s Tzigane. He and his wife, both of whom are players, took it quite seriously, and it occurred to me that this might be something entertaining for Maestronet. Here’s how to “play:” 1) Listen to the opening cadenza as played by each performer. Everyone on the bracket is searchable on YouTube. 2) Go through the bracket and pick your favorites. 3) Share your selections in this thread. I can tabulate the results to see which player is the most popular overall, however I don’t expect there to be much consensus. I don’t think there is a true “winner,” as personal preferences will vary, and all performances are by accomplished players. Disclaimer: I have my reasons for setting up the bracket the way I did, but please don’t take this too seriously—it’s just intended as a way to see what everyone likes. I’m much more interested in seeing what the choices are than trying to find an ideal. There are other performances that could fit into this bracket very well, but I chose ones that were immediately accessible on YouTube and limited the number to fit into a standard tournament bracket. Any players excluded from my bracket are only excluded as a result of limited parameters, not a judgment against their performances! Addendum: Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s name was clipped by the form.