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5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure trove - but quite confusing, 28 Oct 2011
Amazon Customer "Music loving Les" (Southend-On-Sea, Essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
As reviewers have commented on the various CD versions of the Horowitz "Original Jackets" sets it is not at all clear what the contents are. At just over 7 hours, the MP3 edition probably doesn't correspond exactly to any of these and although titles are given, composers aren't. It is thus only by listening that you discover that the two "Sonatas No. 2 in B flat minor" are those of Chopin and Rachmaninov. From the music I could identify - probably about two thirds of it - the best represented composers in terms of quantity are Schumann and Chopin, with also a dozen or so absolutely superbly played sonatas by Scarlatti. I am not particularly fond of Chopin's music but if anyone were to change my mind Horowitz certainly would. There are a number of Etudes which only the opus numbers tell me can't be Chopin - early Scriabin perhaps? There are also Scriabin's ninth ("Black Mass")and tenth sonatas. Whoever the composers are (with some Bach, Debussy and Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata also included) this is bewitching and totally convincing pianism throughout. Although original release dates for the whole set range from 1962 to 1971 (mostly studio recordings but with a couple of pieces evidently from live concerts) the full, rich sound quality only very rarely shows its age. It helps that the pianos used (I am guessing there must be more than one) are excellent instruments. Whether, like me, you would find some fascinating puzzles in this Aladdin's cave, or you have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the music included in Horowitz's evidently huge repertoire you are sure to enjoy this.
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