on 7 September 2007
Horowitz & Toscanini gives deeply romantic & overwhelmingly powerful performances of the both concertos (recorded in 1940&41) with the orchestra playing as strong as the pianist.
Brahms concerto is played with incredible virtuosity and much passion. Very sensitively played slow movement has magical beauty. Tchaikovsky concerto is so intense that you feel exhausted after listening to just the first movement! Some of the fast passages and the octaves in the finale defies belief.
Recording quality is poor but good enough to convey what the pianist and the orchestra are doing.