How did this Horowitz recording of the Brahms beloved Intermezzo Op 117, No 2 escape the recognition that it deserves? Well, you know, Horowitz could not really understand the music of Brahms. So he is placed in a certain drawer marked Mindless Virtuoso. (There are a few other pianists that have been placed in that drawer that, in my opinion, should not be there). There are many drawers in that cabinet and what disturbs me is that so many are willing to define certain pianists by what they have read in a book or by what their teacher told them , or what a famous pianist (perhaps with some issues?) has said.. Or maybe, they just dont like the way the pianist looks. Really discerning listeners can throw their prejudices away and come to their own conclusions. This is often extremely hard to do if you have been brain washed. I know this from personal experience. How sad it is that this was the only solo Brahms piano composition, other than the famous Brahms Waltz in A flat, that Horowitz ever recorded.
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Brahms composed his three intermezzos op 117 in 1892. He composed the intermezzi op 116 and 118...