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The comical side of Horowitz
on 12 November 2010
When I was learning the piano back in the 50's my teacher was a fan of Horowitz and frequently played some of his 78's to illustrate something. However, not till much later did I find his penchant for playing his personal transcriptions of famous pieces. I'm not sure what she thought of such goings on as she never mentioned them.
My image of Horowitz as a very serious player - see some of his video footage - was shattered when I first heard his take on Carmen. What a revelation but it took the skills and determination of Volodos to transcribe them and make them available to other players. He makes light work of all of the pieces and as a consequence what with the improved quality of the recording it makes this CD an absolutely masterpiece.