Notes and Editorial Reviews
Astonishing playing from a man in his nineties, a true poet of the piano.
If I was to single out only one disc from BBC Legends’ buried treasure it would surely be this recital by Mieczyslaw Horszowski. Already in his nineties at the time of these performances, his playing bears witness to a vanished age of poetic eloquence. How his insight and resilience “place” too many pianists of a later generation anxious for “success” at any musical price! His opening to Bach’s C minor Partita is never merely assertive but already richly human and contemplative, and his salty brio in the Courante is as remarkable as his depth of vision in the Sarabande. The Mozart B flat Sonata’s finale is unforgettably perky and buoyant and it is
no exaggeration to say that every bar of this miraculous work seems illuminated by some indefinable but unmistakable light from within. Again, hear the dancing magic Horszowski finds in the enigmatic, folk-inspired wonder of Chopin’s C major Mazurka, Op 24 No 2, or the baleful declamation he achieves in the C sharp minor Nocturne, Op 27 No 1. Finally, few other pianists in my experience have located such underlying melancholy beneath such animated tracery in Debussy’s “Dr Gradus ad Parnassum” or suggested the way the Children’s Corner Suite mirrors both childhood wonder and pained adult experience. This disc is beyond price and should be heard by all lovers of musical greatness.
--Bryce Morrison, Gramophone [5/2007]
Works on This Recording
Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906-1908; France
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