Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
The most significant new release for the middle of August 2013 appears as the free cover-mount CD of BBC Music magazine. Really? Read here on Sinfini.
No mention of the absolutely cataclysmic performance of Chopin’s G Minor Ballade, in which one can actually hear VH struggling to find the bass octaves in the A major section? Lang Lang also plays within a ‘bubble of impermeable subjectivity’, and at least the notes are there, regardless of one’s opinion of the result…
I vividly remember how disappointed I was at that performance of the Chopin g minor ballade, when I was listening to that recital live on TV from Vienna, where I was a student at the time. I found the recital overall very disappointing. So did my colleagues and teachers I spoke with.
I far prefer Horowitz’s recordings from the 60s as well as some of his late ones.
One of the worst concerts of Horowitz’s career, when he was under the influence of anti-depressant medication. The only reason it’s being trumpeted in BBC Music Magazine is because the concert took place in London.
As for Lang Lang: the notes may be there, but not much else.
Is this the same recital that is on Youtube “Horovitz in London” he starts with God Save The Queen.
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