Notes and Editorial Reviews
Mieczyslaw Horszowski was in his late-80s when he recorded Book I of Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues for Vanguard. His technique is remarkably solid and controlled for a pianist of any age, as his fleet and light-fingered accounts of the D and G major Preludes and Fugues easily prove. The pianist applies subtle nuances of accent and tempo fluctuation that reveal slower fugues like the C-sharp, E-flat, B-flat, and B minor in a less severe light than is often the case. The often-dragged G minor Fugue also benefits from Horszowski's bouncy, gavotte-like treatment. What is more, Horszowski achieves his insightful results and spins out his dulcet, singing tone with virtually no help from the sustain pedal. Some listeners may prefer Angela Hewitt's
ornamental elaboration, Evgeni Koroliov's rhythmic thrust, or Glenn Gould's riveting individuality, but the special qualities of Horszowski's artistry sink in through repeated hearings. Vanguard's somewhat dry sonics further enhance the intimacy, relaxation, and gentle authority Horszowski conveys in this beautifully remastered, highly recommendable recording.
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