Post by Ricardo Jimenez
RMCR style flame war in the comments comparing the technical abilities
of Hamelin and Horowitz.
They seem like apples and oranges to me. Different strengths and abilities.
I’d say the fair question would be “Which pianist has given you more satisfaction and pleasure”.
For me, there is more in Hamelin’s discography that I have enjoyed.
Horowitz has always been surrounded by pianists with a great technique. People like Backhaus, Barrere, Busoni, Carreno, Darre, Friedman, Godowsky, Hofmann, Joyce, etc.
Even today, pianists like Argerich believe that he is exceptional - not for his technique but for his interpretations. And that's why prefer him to Hamelin.