Vladimir Horowitz

Horowitz Rediscovered

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All Horowitz fans will instantly love this recording from Carnegie Hall on November 16, 1975. They will gaze at the marvels of his Schumann, gasp at the miracles of his Liszt, and gape at the wonders of his Rachmaninov. His Chopin will astound them, his Debussy will amaze them, and his Moszkowski will astonish them. Jon Samuels' arduous editing will gratify them and RCA's assiduous sound will satisfy them. For all Horowitz fans, this release will be immensely welcome. For non-Horowitz fans, there is not much in this to love. Horowitz's tone is more clanging than clangorous, his technique more miss than hit, his interpretations more bathos than pathos. For non-Horowitz fans, his Serenade to a Doll will be merely pleasant, his Träumerei will be eccentric and affected, his Étincelles will be dippy and daffy, and his closing Etude-Tableu will be heard to have more dropped notes than a first-year piano recital. For non-Horowitz fans, this recording will demonstrate that the old wizard had turned into an old fraud.

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