Schumann’s Kreisleriana was a Horowitz speciality. The interpretation here is freer, looser structurally than his 1969 recording. For me, the earlier version is still unmatched in its concentration and the laying bare of Schumann’s duality–in my opinion it remains Horowitz’s finest solo recording. But this 1985 version also has a lot going for it–the tempos are so flexible, without losing the basic meter; and the phrasing is just so “right.” Thus is it with the rest of the recording. This is some of Horowitz’s most romantic Scarlatti playing, almost as if Scarlatti were a baroque Chopin–not as outlandish as it seems, as Chopin adored Scarlatti’s music. The Liszt Valse Oubliee was another Horowitz specialty, he recorded it at least three times officially, this one is my favorite. Horowitz captures Liszt’s mystical eroticism in a way few others have matched. The Impromptu from 1872 is rarely played, and hearing it one understands the comment that Horowitz can get forty colors from a piano by striking two keys.
Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Schubert, Alexander Scriabin, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.37 GB