- Audio CD (July 22 2002)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered, Import
- Label: Sme
- ASIN: B00000IWWM
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
|1. Six Sonatas: In A-Flat, Kk. 127, L. 186: Allegro|
|2. Six Sonatas: In F Minor, Kk. 466, L. 118: Andante moderato|
|3. Six Sonatas: In F Minor, Kk. 184, L. 189: Allegro|
|4. Six Sonatas: In A, Kk. 101, L. 494: Allegro|
|5. Six Sonatas: In B Minor, Kk. 87, L. 33: Andante mosso|
|6. Six Sonatas: In E, Kk. 135, L. 224: Allegro molto|
|7. Ballade No. 4 In F Minor, Op.52|
|8. Ballade No. 2 In B Minor|
|9. Waltz In A-Flat, Op. 69, No. 1 'L'adieu'|
|10. Prelude In G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5|
Horowitz is unique, too sensual perhaps, but never dry. Here Horowitz gave his best keeping the balance between mannerism and dryness. Better than most of his middle age recordings. First rate, no question about that. What is more, the audio sound here is excellent. Recommended.
Whatever one's opinion of the sound, the recording captures Horowitz in his autumnal prime in works he was obviously comfortable with. Horowitz almost single handedly ressurected Scarlatti, and his approach to these elusive works consistenly illuminates. He almost never embellished the text, but provides more than enough variety with an endless pallette of tone colors.
Horowitz seemed more at home in Chopin's Ballade #4 than he did in the first Ballade. The phrasing, dynamics, and dramatic build up are just so "right" here, that one can scarcely imagine a better performance--even with the occasional minor slip of finger.
Liszt's Ballade is more bombastic than anything else. Horowitz fills the work with such epic "mad-scientist" fury, one can actually take the work seriously, at least until the track ends.
The Chopin Waltz combines both--very different--editions of Chopin's text, with perhaps a dash of Horowitz' melancholy.
The Rachmaninoff Prelude has a swinging beat that one seldom hears from this piece. The central section is as sexily voiced as a siren's song. The applause at the end is most welcome.