It's a tricky business.  Some people attain almost god-like status: Vladimir Horowitz, for example.  Some people attain the opposite kind of reputation: Muzio Clementi, for example.  
The other day I performed the Clementi Sonata in f minor (Op. 13, No. 6)  that I had previously deemed so bizarre as to be  unplayable.  It turns out to be nothing short of a knockout.
Imagine my surprise to find that this very sonata was played by Vladimir Horowitz who, in so doing, put Clementi onto the modern map.  Imagine! The pianist whom I would least have suspected of such audacity accomplishing this most stunning achievement!


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