The volume 3 of Horowitz Complete Masterworks consists of the recordings from the memorable 1965/66 Carnegie Hall recitals. Tn the booklet commentary, Byron Janis writes;
'Listening to these magnificent recordings, one soon realizes that Horowitz was passing through a very special period in his career, very different from when he had last appeared before the public in 1953. Since then everything had been re-thought, re-felt, re-lived. What I hear in these performances is a purity, a kind of innocence that gives such a natural beauty to his singing phrases.'
Yes, there is a purity and a divine simplicity in his playing that penetrates to the heart of each work recorded here - the ethreal beauty in Scriabin's Poem Op.32, the exquisite tonal shading in Scriabin's late Sonatas, the delightful account of Haydn' F major Sonata played with the magical lightness, the dazzling and towering performance of Schumann's Fantasie in C, the deeply poetic account of Chopin's Ballade, to name but a few. All these performances display the pianist as a supreme poet of the instrument communicating with the audiences in such intimacy and immediacy.