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|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz [Vienna] Schubert, Franz Liszt|
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Joseph B. (joebellanca) from MALVERN, PA
Reviewed on 9/11/2009...
Horowitz is always almost perfect!
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Fine Late Period Horowitz
Hank Drake | Cleveland, OH United States | 03/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Toward the end of his career, Vladimir Horowitz had distilled his art to the bare essentials. Gone were the leonine fortissimos and occasional hysteria of the 1940s, replaced with a new simplicity. This recording, taped in the living room of his New York townhouse in 1989, is an excellent example of Horowitz's late period. The Mozart selections recall the fabled clarity of his Scarlatti playing. Horowitz, 85 at the time of this recording, may not thunder as powerfully as he did during his youth, but he is as in command of his fingers than ever. Although Horowitz has been referred to as a Romantic pianist, his performance of Mozart's Adagio in B Minor is classical in its simplicity.
The Schubert/Liszt Standchen is be one of the greatest piano recordings ever made. Horowitz' control of dynamics and shading make it sound as if the piece was being played on three pianos at once. The two Soirees de Vienne are a virtuosic delight, and the perfect conclusion to a wonderful recording.
True piano lovers should buy it without hesitation!
Hank Drake | 10/22/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Horowitz's playing in his last years was beyond any comparison and very different from his earlier playing, and this DG recording, with "Horowitz in Moscow," should be the first CD to recommend to people who haven't loved Horowitz's playing! Horowitz's greatest Mozart playing is here. It's simply magical and irresistible. I listened to the delightful performance of the Sonata with a smile on my face until the end! The other pieces are also played with great mastery and beauty."