A living legend in a way that only pop stars are now . . . DG has reissued all of its Horowitz holdings in an eight-disc box, but this budget-priced, two-CD-plus-DVD set collects all the essentials.
Record Review / Bradley Bambarger, Star Ledger (Newark) / 28 October 2003
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CD 1: Liszt: Valses-Caprice No.6 - Standchen - Valse oubliee No.1 Chopin: Mazurka No.13 in A minor Op.17 No.4 Scriabin: Etudes for piano, Op.8 No.12 - Etude op.2 No.1 Schubert: Impromptu in B flat, D.935 No.3 - Military March Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K.135 Bach-Busoni: Chorale Prelude Rachmaninov: Prelude in G, Op.32, No.5 & 12 Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca Chopin: Mazurka No.21 in C sharp minor Op.30 No.4 Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 Rachmaninov: Polka de W. R. CD 2: Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K.511 Liszt / Horowitz: Ehemals (No.10 from Weihnachtsbaum Suite, S.186) Schubert: Moments Musical in Fminor, D.780 No.3 DVD 3: Horowitz plays Mozart A recording session of the Piano Concerto No.23 in A major
I don't know what to say about this CD, but music like this needs no detailed comments anyway. When it comes to tone control and pedaling, Horowitz is absolutely peerless and leaves every other pia.........