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Also, just a bit ago i found another one you are probably familiar with that is more than a little worth mentioning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xudZ3J4E ... 1D&index=2


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Lukecash wrote:
Also, just a bit ago i found another one you are probably familiar with that is more than a little worth mentioning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xudZ3J4E ... 1D&index=2


I am indeed familiar with that one. Positively the definitive recording of that Scriabin etude IMHO. :D I have heard others make admirable efforts, but in this case they simply don't measure up. ;)

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I think that out of most of the things he played, he really did own that piece.


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I came across this and thought it was another strong testament that Horowitz could take even a piece that seemed easier to interpret and inject staggering genius into it. A very, very sensitive playing of Medtner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va1VF-eZaIw

While listening to the beginning I was getting ready to change my not-too-high opinion on Horowitz. This is indeed very perceptively done, and show that he did have the measure of this music when he wanted to. But soon, once the music gets more extrovert, he's up to his usual idiosyncrasies again - it's like listening to Olli Mustonen. So, hmmmm....

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techneut wrote:
Lukecash wrote:
I came across this and thought it was another strong testament that Horowitz could take even a piece that seemed easier to interpret and inject staggering genius into it. A very, very sensitive playing of Medtner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va1VF-eZaIw

While listening to the beginning I was getting ready to change my not-too-high opinion on Horowitz. This is indeed very perceptively done, and show that he did have the measure of this music when he wanted to. But soon, once the music gets more extrovert, he's up to his usual idiosyncrasies again - it's like listening to Olli Mustonen. So, hmmmm....


Not knocking your opinion, but I guess I don't hear any of his idiosyncrasies in this particular recording. I thought it was rather tastefully done. It really wasn't until the mid to late 70's that he started to experiment too much. Some call it his "mad scientist" period. :D

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Some call it his "mad scientist" period. :D



I call it his downfall.

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Some call it his "mad scientist" period. :D



I call it his downfall.


Lmao, that's a little harsh... He was a bit older at that time. In my opinion, you have to learn for yourself what is actually ridiculous before you understand a piece and it's parameters. Maybe we can call it the very long practice period?


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juufa72 wrote:
Horowitzian wrote:
Some call it his "mad scientist" period. :D



I call it his downfall.


But he picked himself up again, and kicked the meds, no? ;)

Some of his finest performances came from the period of 1985 through his death. 8)

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