"The Naxos single disc in its 'Great Pianists' series may contain 1932-4 recordings endlessly celebrated down the years but they, too, provoke a constant sense of rediscovery. Where else can you hear such feline Scarlatti, every nuance minutely gauged in the B minor Sonata, or the playing of a scarcely credible brilliance and vivacity in the G major? Horowitz's tonal translucence and tireless caprice in his Chopin is beyond compare, and his Liszt Sonata remains among the greatest of all recorded performances. Passages laboured [sic] over by others are tossed aside with a feather-weight leggierisimo. He takes a free and easy way with the score, altering a rhythm here, reinforcing a bass line there - the results are of their time, but they also suggest an authentic Lisztian freedom...the sound of Horowitz's piano, its glassy treble and resonating bass making Neville Cardus's description of 'the greatest pianist dead or alive' a vivid and persuasive possibility rather than mere hyperbole."
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