Beethoven

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COMPOSERS: Beethoven
LABELS: Minuet
ALBUM TITLE: Beethoven
WORKS: Piano Sonatas Nos 10, 21 & 23
PERFORMER: Vladimir Horowitz (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 428405 (1956/59)

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Horowitz’s first ever stereo recordings of 1959 supplemented by his 1956 Waldstein, but he’s not an instinctive Beethovenian. An air of studied self-consciousness prevails, and the narrative cogency is fitful. Paul Riley