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5.0 out of 5 stars The maestro at the height of his maturity., 10 May 2005
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This review is from: Horowitz - Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings [BOX SET] (Audio CD)
This 6-CD set contains all the recordings that Vladimir Horowitz made during the last five years of his life, including the historic concert he did in Moscow in 1986, three years before his death in 1989. Truly at the height of his maturity, these recordings breathe love, consolation, compassion, vitality, and many other feelings you'd associate with true artistic heights. At this budget price, this is excellent value for money. There's even a Mozart concerto he recorded with an orchestra in 1986. From the first track, the Bach prelude, to the last track, a live performance of the Schumann Kinderszenen, this virtuoso performances are mesmerising and healing to the soul.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless Horowitz, 3 Dec 2010
This review is from: Horowitz - Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings [BOX SET] (Audio CD)
No 20th Century pianist has such a unique hallmark as Vladimir Horowitz, no one is so incomparable, so supremely self-indulgent, so divinely soaring above all the pianistic "rules", nowadays considered necessary to make a decent playing. Sudden changes of rhythm and tempo, unintentional lapses, frolics and whims,unexpected persussion explosions in the bass, incredible silver glitter in the treble, naive simplicity or amazing virtuosity - and whatever he made, he always made it the right way, and always, like a cat, landed on all four feet, in an artistic glory, seldom heard (and seen)!
Horowitz' whole register is exuberantly demonstrated by the six CDs of this box: "Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon", all produced after his magnificent return to the concert hall in the 1980s. Mozart is, perhaps a bit astonishingly, in the center, in relaxed, humble and distinctly perfect interpretations: the Concerto No 23 in A major (with a very discreet, almost pedestrian accompaniment from Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala under Carlo Maria Giulini, tenderly considerate behind the matchless piano maestro), three Sonatas (one of them is doubled, Horowitz rarely played identical versions), one Adagio and one Rondo, all of it solely worth the price of the box. Also Schubert is generously represented - with - among other things - the great Sonata in B flat major D960 in an unforgettable and unparalleled version, and so is Schumann - both "Kreisleriana" and "Kinderszenen" are extremely enjoyable highlights here. Furthermore, of course Chopin, and Liszt (Valse oubliée No 1 makes a stupendous impression!), and Russian composers like Rachmaninov and Scriabin, and some sonatas by Scarlatti, and a Bach/Busoni. A tremendous offering, indeed!
Horowitz is often and rightly called a magician, but after all he was a dreamer too, and a mystic, devoted to that particular mysticism of music and art.
Though comparatively modern, these recordings are like a pleasurable journey back to those times when pianists didn't hide themselves behind a flawless rendering of the scores and a revering obeisance for the composer, but appeared as the natural focus of the performance, generously and spontaneously inviting you to listen to music in their own private sanctuary. The personality of the pianist was the catalyst, illuminating the composer (whoever he was) and the score (how expressionless it was in itself). Maybe modern pianists should learn a little from Horowitz and button up their immaculate coats a shade more...
This box is of inestimable value and a bit beyond the five-star scale, discs you will return to for ever and ever, and never cease enjoying.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horowitz the Master of the Keyboard, 10 Feb 2004
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Jack Sprat "Lobo" (Waddington, Lincolnshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Horowitz - Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings [BOX SET] (Audio CD)
Horowitz always surprises and amazes with the mastery of his rendition. This collection of his expertise is a delight to listen to. I believe it is a very worthwhile addition to anyones collection of keyboard mastery. However, I remain amazed at the impudence and lack of thought so called enthusiasts display when they have the nerve to cough through his recitals. This is particularly noticeable during the Schuman Kinderszenen on disc 6. Naturally, during any live performance there is an element of risk, but these interuptions go beyond the pale. However, despite this, the collection is a joy to listen to, and a sad reminder of true genius lost to us. I recommend the set, excellent playing throughout.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 23 Mar 2011
This review is from: Horowitz - Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings [BOX SET] (Audio CD)
A must for any serious lover of piano music.
Magnificent playing and interpretation, there are few if any that are equal or better.
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