Sunday, January 9, 2011

#9 The Smell of Strictness

Fascinating composition and fascinating recording. Recorded for the first time–25 years after Horowitz's American debut–at Carnegie hall. Soon, Mr. Horowitz announces his withdraw from public performances (he'll be back in 12 years; his final recital will take place when he's 84 years old).

Playful, yes; dancing, dignified, grandiose. Well calculated, very focused. It's not a strict piece of music. But the smell is there.

Composer: Franz Liszt, arr. Horowitz
Work: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Recording: Vladimir Horowitz, RCA Victor, 1953

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