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BRAHMS / TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concertos (Horowitz) (1940-1941)

Composer(s):Brahms, JohannesTchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Artist(s) Toscanini, Arturo, Conductor • NBC Symphony OrchestraHorowitz, Vladimir, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.110671
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Horowitz’s famous wartime Carnegie Hall recording of the B flat minor Concerto has since remained the yardstick by which all subsequent versions have been judged. Somehow the alchemy of the occasion was unique and the result is unforgettable. In spite of the Carnegie Hall ambience, the recording is confirmed and lacking bass, but the Naxos transfer engineer, Mark Obert-Thorn, has achieve impressive results from a single post-war set of 78s in mint condition. Such is the magnetism of the playing, however, that the ear forgets the sonic limitations within moments. Toscanini’s accompaniment is remarkable not only for matching the adrenalin of his soloist (particularly in the visceral thrill of the finale’s climax), but for the tenderness he finds for


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