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These two CDs contain some of the most impressive piano playing ever commited to disc and are a must for every pianophile’s collection. They capture the young Horowitz just after his sensational arrival in the west and, apart from a few 78s made in the previous two years in the US, they are his earliest solo recordings. Though most of the chosen pieces were short enough to fit onto a 78rpm side Horowitz did record the Liszt Sonata, a performance which quickly achieved a legendary status. Unique to APR is the originally unissued performance of the the first movement of Chopin’s Sonata in B flat minor, all the remains of a projected recording of the complete work. The Prokofiev Toccata was also originally unissued and is not otherwise
- Appian Recordings
"Self-respecting pianophiles will already have most of these seminal recordings. But, compared with earlier issues, APR reveal a fuller, richer piano sound where every nuance is crystal clear and in a judiciously-enhanced ambience...APR's presentation, as usual, leaves its peers standing, fully worthy of the great artist enshrined in these magical recordings."
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