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why is everyone doing so high about horowitz? what has he what other pianist don't have?

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Reputation. And virtuosity.

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but everyone seems to like his playing but I don't :P.

there are so much viruosi and people with a great reputation but everyone you hear; they don't have the level of horowitz. Its always the same and it makes me sick that people going to discus who is better.

I like jonathan oshry very much. He learned bethoven PC 5 in 2 weeks out of his had and performed that. But if you don't know that you can't say Horowitz is better. Most of the people who sais that horowitz is better than.... only knows horowitz and his reputation. I have seen him making lots and lots of mistakes but people don't look at that with horowitz but they burning the other pianist who are making the samemistake off to the ground.

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well for a start Horowitz is a much more romantic pianist whos feeling in his songs can not be compared to any other pianist.
P.S you should see him play, hes the only one who can play that quick with his technique :p :roll:

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I understand what you mean. The first time I heard Horowitz, I also didn't like it too much. He plays with a lot of feeling and dynamiscs sometimes, and sometimes extremely fast. Sometimes I don't like it.

But what is so special about his recordings is that they always shock you, because of the way it's played. It has so many new aspects, suprising people mostly. That's what is so great about Horowitz.

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Horowitz has a control of color and pedalling that is unparalleled. He has mastered the art of sounding amazing, which is much different to just playing fast.


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it also depends on which recordings you have. some are better than others. try his last recording... :shock:


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He also has a power that noone else has or have had. I have never heard anyone produce the sound he does on the lower octaves. Take Rach's 2:nd Sonata for example. It even does not sounds like a grand/piano anymore.

But I like his way of expressions more than his power. Ever heard him play Chopin's mazurka i A-minor from op.17 (no.4)? Incredible! So delicate.

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I got the rachmaninoff sonata in B on cd It's very good and I try to play with that much power on the lower part of the piano. It's so hard to play loud wit much expression and with mo mistakes.

playing soft is very difficult but playing hard is also very difficult because you have less controle! 1cm to far and you have another tone.

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]why is everyone doing so high about horowitz? what has he what other pianist don't have?


Everything.


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He also has kind of a bell sound with is unique. Also, he seemed like a really nice person on the interviews I have seen and heard with him. But he did not do everything good. Kind of spoiled Chopin's 1:st Ballade. Never liked that interpretation.

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He "knows the music ups and down" :shock:


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but that doesn't say youre the one

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if you putt horowitz against alexei sultanov, Who is better?

I think sultanov was because he has very much expression played very good but you like him of you dislike him.

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Take Rach's 2:nd Sonata for example. It even does not sounds like a grand/piano anymore.

If that´s true, it does not really speak in Horowitz´s favour. The kind of playing you describe is typical for him:
he´s more like an athlete or a showman, but not a great musician.


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Watching Horowitz is when you're pulled in by his artistic gravity. Audio alone doesn't do him justice.

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PJF wrote:
Watching Horowitz is when you're pulled in by his artistic gravity. Audio alone doesn't do him justice.

PJF

That is true. He is one of the pianists I enjoy most on video.

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Take Rach's 2:nd Sonata for example. It even does not sounds like a grand/piano anymore.

If that´s true, it does not really speak in Horowitz´s favour. The kind of playing you describe is typical for him:
he´s more like an athlete or a showman, but not a great musician.

A was very clever showman for sure but I think he had a great sence for music as well. But he searched for opportunities in the music to make use of the dynamics he was able to produce.

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Syntaxerror wrote:
robert wrote:
Take Rach's 2:nd Sonata for example. It even does not sounds like a grand/piano anymore.

If that´s true, it does not really speak in Horowitz´s favour. The kind of playing you describe is typical for him:
he´s more like an athlete or a showman, but not a great musician.



horse**** :twisted:

Rachmaninov's 2nd Sonata is a failure as composition imo. It's a lot of pianistic tissue thinly disguised as a Sonata, Rachmaninov himself did not know what to do with it. The second movement is beautiful, the first mvt. is unfocused and confused, the third is OK but kind of repetitive. But it gives a great artist ( and great artists only) a chance to display their wares. If Horowitz was not a great musician than he could not have acheived this feat. I have heard this piece played live satisfactorily or worse by several pianists but only well (or better) on two occasions by one pianist; HOROWITZ. On recordings only John Ogdon can equal or come close to him in this piece.

Why this piece is suddenly popular with pianists is beyond me. Scriabin was a greater master of sonata form than Rachmaninov (concerti excepted) and his sonatas are still underplayed.

Oh well, that's beyond me... :?

But leave Image alone.

Whose interpretation do you like... :roll:


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Let´s see what another world-class pianist had to say about Horowitz; a quote by austrian pianist Friedrich Gulda::
"... I never did like Horowitz much. This tiger-like piano-playing, I have been immunised against it by the school I attended. All serious musicians from Vienna, among them my teacher, always have been watching out not to overrate this kind of piano-playing - as audiences worldwide did it. They said, well , he can thunder Tchaikovsky´s music very fast and very loud, and marry Toscanini´s daughter, but nevertheless unfortunately he does not know very much about the important music. That´s why I always had difficulties taking this man serious. And this showing-off is really disgusting to me, without the appropriate basis. Well, now he´s dead, and you should not run down dead people, but it just didn´t impress me. And then on one occasion I had to hear a sonata of Haydn played by him, and he stood there like a dying duck in a thunderstorm, it was just embarrassing. ..."
(from the book: "Mein Leben ist ein Skandal" ("My life is a scandal"), translation by me)


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I sympathize with Gulda here, even though Gulda himself is a bit of a funny duck and not beyond criticism.

The way Horowitz mauled the Liszt Sonata, trampling over all the great music in there and smashing it to bits, juts put me off him forever, never mind his admittedly unique pianism. It is true what Robert and PJF suggest, you need to see Horowitz to properly appreciate him. But that is not a compliment to his music making, if you think about it.

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I sympathize with Gulda here, even though Gulda himself is a bit of a funny duck and not beyond criticism. [\quote]
Quite true. Gulda himself did some things that could be called embarrassing.... but nobody´s perfect!
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... you need to see Horowitz to properly appreciate him.

I have seen him on the documentary "The art of piano", but I really can´t get what you mean. Seeing him playing some Scriabin etude I feel confirmed in my opinion. He thrusts the chords into the keyboard with absolute ease, sure, but what do I care if it´s so easy for him, when it sounds just terrible. Technique should serve the music, not the other way around.

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[quote="techneut"]I sympathize with Gulda here, even though Gulda himself is a bit of a funny duck and not beyond criticism.

The way Horowitz mauled the Liszt Sonata, trampling over all the great music in there and smashing it to bits, juts put me off him forever, never mind his admittedly unique pianism.


Which recording, 1932 or 1977? The 1977 one is rather disjunct, it sounds like several short pieces rather than large piece with several interconnected episode. The 1932 recording is astonishing, if a bit fast in places. But my favorite interpretation of this work is Alfred Cortot's from 1929 I think.

It is true what Robert and PJF suggest, you need to see Horowitz to properly appreciate him. But that is not a compliment to his music making, if you think about it.

I saw him six times. It was strange, there was not a lot to see. Just this old guy sitting quietly at the piano, in strange contrast to the sounds coming from the piano which were larger than life itself, and I don't mean loud. BTW he sounded the same on record as he did live, no adjustments were made to his tone on recordings. He was able to project everything he played, even miniatures on to a "big screen" if you will, without losing the intimacy or small details in those pieces. His thundering is well known and documented, his other side is often overlooked.

Some commentators point out that his playing was often very self focused and the point of the music could get lost in his interpretations. Sometimes this is true, I've never liked his Chopin g minor Ballade performances for instance, and there's a recording of the Nocturne in c# minor Op.27 #1 from the "50's that I don't care for, there's just something wrong with it, sensitive and astounding playing notwithstanding. His Chopin is often more about Horowitz than Chopin, which would be annoying if a lesser pianist was playing.

But he is one of the greatest interpreters of Rachmaninov, Liszt and Scriabin there ever will be. This is music that fits his pianistic personality, technicolored, supercharged and larger than life. Underrated is his Debussy, of which there is not a lot of examples; There two recordings of "Etude pour les arpeges composes, one from the 30's the other from the early 70's. Amazing. :shock:

A unique artist, probably one of the top ten pianists of all time. A showman (sometimes but this is a sincere facet of his musical personality) yes, but insincere and unmusical no. In fact I don't ever expect to hear playing like that again. Perhaps I will be pleasantly surprised one day.

Anyway when the Horowitz bashing starts I'm always there to defend him. 8) :shock:


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Syntaxerror wrote:
Let´s see what another world-class pianist had to say about Horowitz; a quote by austrian pianist Friedrich Gulda::
"... I never did like Horowitz much. This tiger-like piano-playing, I have been immunised against it by the school I attended. All, among them my teacher, always have been watching out not to overrate this kind of piano-playing - as audiences worldwide did it. They said, well , he can thunder Tchaikovsky´s music very fast and very loud, and marry Toscanini´s daughter, but nevertheless unfortunately. That´s why I always had difficulties taking this man serious. And this showing-off is really disgusting to me, without the appropriate basis. but it just didn´t impress me. And then on one occasion(from the book: "Mein Leben ist ein Skandal" ("My life is a scandal"), translation by me)


Well this is hyperbole worthy of American TV news!

Okay, he doesn't like Horowitz, that's fine. But you can't dismiss him like this. All the talk about "serious musicians from Vienna" and "he does not know very much about the important music" (a backhanded slap at Tchaikovsky:x) gives his hand away and reveals musical chauvinism of the worst sort. And "showing off without the appropriate basis" what does that mean? Gulda's esthetic does not allow "showing off", at least in the Russian "tiger-like" :twisted: 8) manner. I would like to know his correct context for showing off. Heh, I wonder what he thinks of his most famous pupil (Martha Argerich).

I detect pangs of jealousy in Gulda's assesment of Image

"Well, now he´s dead, and you should not run down dead people" Uh, yeah..... :roll:

I had to hear a sonata of Haydn played by him, and he stood there like a dying duck in a thunderstorm, it was just embarrassing. ..."

Listen to Horowitz' recording of Sonata #38 (?) in F major, 1966. It's no dead duck. But I've never liked Horowitz' Sonata #52 in Eb, either recording (30's and 80's).

Regarding Horowitz and the pre-Romantic repertoire, he had his strong points and weak points, like any pianists in any genre or style. Horowitz never made a secret of his basic dislike of and discomfort in Beethoven, but his Pathetique Sonata (1963) is extraordinary, as is a live Bach Toccata in c minor from the 1940's (urtext, not Busoni) but it seems that Horowitz had difficulty relating to German music in general, with the exception of Schumann. This isn't wrong, it's just the way he was, and he should not be criticized for it. His Scarlatti playing is unmatched by any other pianist, and it's devoid of romantic excess. In fact he was largely responsible for the Scarlatti rennaisance in the 1960's. He also championed Clementi, but no one cared; perhaps this has more to do with Clementi (uneven output imo) than Horowitz.

Anyway Mr. Gulda is entitled to his opinion (as we all are) but he really comes off like a snot.

BTW sorry about the horse :twisted:, Syntaxerror, I meant no offense, that was just my gut reaction. Now, here's a snooty opinion;

Gulda's "Jazz" :roll: performances, now there's a dead duck!


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Heh, I wonder what he thinks of his most famous pupil (Martha Argerich).

Very good question! :D
So here´s another quote from the mentioned book:
"...[talking about himself as a teacher]... But there has been a time in the 1950s when I liked to teach.
While touring South America an extremely annoying mother with a "child prodigy" came to me. After some attempts to get rid of her - like I usually did in such cases - I realized it didn´t work in her case.
She was so persistent, so I said "in the name of god, then let´s do something" and we made an appointment. And Mama Argerich really came with her twelve year old daughter Martha. I was looking out for something average and uninteresting. She was very nice and I said "what do want to play", and she played Schubert with a childlike impartiality. I was completely beside myself, she was really something like a child prodigy. She started very early, like a ballerina - with four - and had had a very
good teacher, it was a man called Scaramuzza. Her mother was very pleased of course, the way I reacted, she wanted to collect references and already had one from old Rubinstein, and with these references she wanted to go to europe. So they actually appeared in Vienna, and Argerich was my student for over two years. The lessons were very strange, since the girl already mastered everything, it was insane - with twelve years - , I didn´t know what to teach her. There was nothing to teach regarding the technique, and so I honestly asked her, what she wanted. "Yes, I want to learn from you." "What do you want to learn, you already master everything?" "Yes, but please, I want such classical music and Viennese and so." And then I realized. She wanted to learn more about classical music in the european or Viennese environment. So our Viennese classical music, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms and such, more than you can learn in Buenos Aires, and I found that very sensible. So I tried to teach her something - for free. Taking money from the greatest talent I have ever seen, I wouldn´t have managed. She also won some competitions then. After Rubinstein and Gulda she went to Michelangeli. But I have to say, she´s bonkers. She´s very erratic, not reliable. She is also feared a little, because she often cancels concerts, she´s a wild one, a maniac, not easy to treat and always a certain risk factor. For some time she was married to a swiss conductor, that was her second husband, nothing is known about the first one, but she has a child from him, and she had a lot of pianist friends, with which she also had erotic relationships. She´s totally frank to me concerning that. She tells me everything, if I ask her: "With whom are you sleeping these days?" , she answers candidly, and I know exactly, when she´s happy or unhappy. She´s the little girl, although way over forty by now, but when she looks at me, she looks like little Martha with twelve years. At the moment [1980s] she´s together with a so called Rabinovitch, a russian pianist and composer. One of these dissidents that you have to take serious a bit. I told her that I´m pleased and I think they´re a good match. She talks very much and he says almost nothing. Strangely enough I didn´t give any concerts together with her or made any recordings, even when she was my student. But I am somehow attached to her."


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By the way, does anyone know why the quotations obviously don´t work with me ?

Nope. It does not work for anybody except Robert (but he owns the site :wink: ).

You need to remove the ="name" from the quote then it works. Like this:

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Very strange as it worked fine on the old forum.

I agree with you on Horovitz. We can always tickle arensky into a long defense by saying something nasty about him :lol:

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As it is said in the film "Art of the piano" (qouting a bit from memory). "Perhaps since Paderewski, the pianist who really managed to capture a large audience was the Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz". Somthing like that. Horowitz was a romantic figure (and perhaps the last in line from Liszt -> Paderewski-> Horowitz) and with romantisms comes the dream about the concert pianist. The Vienna "serious" pianists can sit in their miniaturistic worlds and be serious to their graves but if the wide audience don't give a damn, it adds nothing. They just do what thousands of pianists have already done before them. In Sweden we have a saying which translated is "The club for joint admiration". This is the classic elitistic view on classical music which brings it to its grave. It must be opened to the wide public and unless we continue to applaud pianists who give a show that the wide public appreciate, we add nothing to the world of classical music. We must stop and looking at ourselves as people who know music better than pop/rock/whatever fans. We have Horowitz to thank for Rachmaninov being pretty famous in these days. Without him, few people but from us who really are into classical music would know about him.

It is true that he does not move around much and sit pretty still, but it is these few moments of excitment, the small gestures that he makes that really does it. He takes his chances and sometimes plays faster than he really manage. That adds a trill no doubt. Also, he was such a warm hearted person so you can do nothing but love his character. He never thought of himself as the great artist he was and was extremely humble around his own playing. That is quite the opposite to many pianists and probably the reason why it is so easy to like him. But if you just listen to his playing, it does not always make sence. You got to have the entire picture with him on action to fully understand his actions as he really was a concert pianist and not a studio pianist. I have more or less seen all of his video taped concerts (most of them many times) and the reason I can see them over and over again is that I like his personality. I have many other video taped recordings as well which are incredible boring.

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I have seen this entire concert (it is from 1978 when Horowitz was 75 years old) perhaps 30 times as my son Oliver used to love it when he was younger. Not musical his best but it is incredible that he still in such a high age is able to play it like that. The best version of Rach's 3:rd is undoubtebly the 1951 recording.

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Nope. It does not work for anybody except Robert (but he owns the site :wink: ).

I have really tried to understand why but I blame Chris as he installed this "style" of the forum. :o

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Nope. It does not work for anybody except Robert (but he owns the site :wink: ).

I have really tried to understand why but I blame Chris as he installed this "style" of the forum. :o




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The Vienna "serious" pianists can sit in their miniaturistic worlds and be serious to their graves but if the wide audience don't give a damn, it adds nothing. They just do what thousands of pianists have already done before them. In Sweden we have a saying which translated is "The club for joint admiration". This is the classic elitistic view on classical music which brings it to its grave.

From this point of view Gulda and Horowitz agree completely. I don´t know if Horowitz intended to bring classical music to a wider public, but if so, his motives are similar to Guldas. And because of this both of them have been criticised. What Gulda means when talking about seriousness, is his view of being serious to the music, meaning not to distort the music just to reach a wider public (his motto was:"Play each tone as if your life was at stake"). And I think this is what bothered him with Horowitz.


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I have really tried to understand why but I blame Chris as he installed this "style" of the forum. :o

Hehe nice try Stahlbrand :wink:
But I believe it was already broken when we had the Raid skin. At least I briefly switched back (some of you may have noticed) and saw the same behaviour.

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Nope. It does not work for anybody except Robert (but he owns the site :wink: ).

I have really tried to understand why but I blame Chris as he installed this "style" of the forum. :o




...and the civil war begins :o



When quoting someone put their words in italics, it does the job.


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dw, i dont really like horowitz much..i mean, there's so many that worst them him but i have a feeling that its all pretty much show...i have his recording of scriabin's patetico etude in d# minor and there's heaps of mistakes :lol: not that i dont make mistakes and things but..hmmmm interesting...maybe it's live but i'm not sure il have to check :? i guess it probably wouldn't have been obvious to anyone else except for someone like me who has played it


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not a musician!!!!!?? Mate wothcu talkin bout.. he don make the faces dat lang lang makes and others so he aint dat much of a showman he just got the skill too play so damn soft!

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If you want somebody who can play soft you need to hear at recordings of pletnev. That's te soft player. I admire him.

But sultanov in my opinion will be the best for always.

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lol i don know all these random pianists

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http://recitals.alexeisultanov.ru

all his recordings for free
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listen to his etude 25/12 of chopin. It is in the map of cliburn competition

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Random pianists?!

For your information (perhaps you already know), Alexi Sultanov was among the most talented pianists in modern time but passed away in 2005, only 35 years old. You should not only go to his recordings and download these but please also take the time (the guy is worth it) to read his biography at: http://www.alexeisultanov.com/index.html

A bit off topic, I know ;).

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Thanks Robert

Do you know why alexei wasn't so famous?
It irritates me that my musicteacher doens't know the name sultanov.

He didn't know richter :shock: that was a shock for me!

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I belive that your music teacher should spend some time studing great pianists of the twentieth century. It's a friendly advice.

I listened to some Sultanov's performances, mostly Chopin's, and I find it very very good, although sometimes he might sound "feelingless". But what makes them special are improvisations, and some of them are really excellent.


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in the warsaw 1995 map there is the tchaikovsky 1 piano concerto. That's so extremely fast it was shocking me :shock: :shock:

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What I don't understand is why people all admire and admire Horowitz, while they say Lang Lang is just crap.

Their playing definately have something in common. A Dutch newspaper said that Lang Lang's performance in the Concertgebouw let him think of the young Horowitz. Both are virtuoso's, with extreme technique and not afraid to show them. Both are wonderful showmen.

The difference lies in the age I think. If Lang Lang ever chooses to play in a more mature way, he will play in a style somewhat similar to Horowitz I think.

I won't go into further details, because probably many people won't agree with me :P.

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What I don't understand is why people all admire and admire Horowitz, while they say Lang Lang is just crap.

Their playing definately have something in common. A Dutch newspaper said that Lang Lang's performance in the Concertgebouw let him think of the young Horowitz. Both are virtuoso's, with extreme technique and not afraid to show them. Both are wonderful showmen.

The difference lies in the age I think. If Lang Lang ever chooses to play in a more mature way, he will play in a style somewhat similar to Horowitz I think.

I won't go into further details, because probably many people won't agree with me :P.



Lang Lang acknowledges the Horowitz influence in his playing, and it's easy to hear the "Horowitzisms" in his playing, particularly his Scriabin Etudes recordings. In fact he now owns (don't know if he performs on it) one of Horowitz' pianos. Seems to me he is determined to be the next Horowitz. However if you compare Lang Lang to Horowitz' early recordings, I think you'll find that Horowitz is by far the more finished artist, with more subtelty in his playing, and a ppp dynamic ability that I've never heard from Lang Lang. The young Horowitz is far superior is this respect to Lang Landg. Interesting, I think you've put your finger on the heart of the matter; "when Lang Lang CHOOSES to play in a more mature way". Who knows what he will do, but I'm sure he will continue to play no matter what. Having taken Horowitz as a departure point he's making his own style and has already carved a niche for himself in music history. Good for him! 8)


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sultanov is a mad player!!!wah revolutionary etude soo fast and clear, is he more of a technical pianist or emotional??

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jesus_loves_u wrote:
sultanov is a mad player!!!wah revolutionary etude soo fast and clear, is he more of a technical pianist or emotional??


Yes and he has his own thread now you can post about him there... :)


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