Gregor Benko (founder of the International Piano Archives and friend of the Spanish pianist) has recently reported an incident he witnessed that I share with you.
"In November 1982 she played a recital in New York's Avery Fischer Hall - she was in a particularly virtuosic vein and managed to even overcome, or give the illusion of overcoming, the hall's poor acoustics. The audience was lifted up and she was particularly happy with her performance. In Fischer Hall the artist comes to the greenroom backstage off an elevator, and as she was playing her last encore I rushed to greet her at that elevator door. A few other insiders also were permitted - standing next to me waiting were a couple other friends, as well as Claudio Arrau, John Browining, and Vladimir Horowitz. The elevator doors opened, she came out beaming, and came to us to greet her friends - as she was talking with us (in French, Spanish and her adorable English) she looked up and saw Arrau and Browning and smiled even more broadly, beginning to talk animatredly with Arrau - then suddenly she saw Horowitz. Her whole demeanor changed in an instant, her faced looked as if she were about to be executed - she left off talking and dropped to her knees and kissed the hem of Horowitz's pants! It was an entirely spontaneous and sincere gesture, but it seemed to embarrass Horowitz. One of us had a camera but missed that great shot - the photo that was taken was just after she stood up. It was published in a few journals at the time. Horowitz, by the way, apparently was impressed with what he had heard, but it was a little hard to tell, since he was slurring his words and seemed to be over medicated. His outfit for the evening was also more
than a little bit "off," as one can see in the picture - he looked almost clownish."
"A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking" - AnonymousAlfonso Bertazzi
, amateur pianist.