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Homage To Horowitz / Valery Kuleshov


Release Date: 10/30/2001 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1188   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Vladimir HorowitzFranz LisztModest MussorgskyCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Performer:  Valery Kuleshov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on the Wedding March from Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Valery Kuleshov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Waltz in F minor by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Valery Kuleshov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Moment exotique "Danse excentrique" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Valery Kuleshov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Valery Kuleshov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Etude-fantasie in E flat major, Op. 4 "Les Vagues" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Valery Kuleshov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 19 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Valery Kuleshov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Budapest, Hungary 
Notes: Arranged: Vladimir Horowitz 
7.
Années de pèlerinage, première année, S 160 "Suisse": no 6, Vallée d'Obermann by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Valery Kuleshov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1854; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Vladimir Horowitz 
8.
Near the southern shore of the Crimea by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Valery Kuleshov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Russia 
Notes: Arranged: Vladimir Horowitz 
9.
Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Valery Kuleshov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Notes: Arranged: Vladimir Horowitz 
10.
Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Valery Kuleshov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Vladimir Horowitz 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Virtuoso Transcriptions for Piano December 22, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Vladimir Horowitz was a musician caught between two eras. At the beginning of his career, arrangements by Liszt and Busoni were still in vogue, and it was expected that touring virtuosi would treat the audience to some of his own. By the time of Horowitz' retirement in 1953, arrangements were beginning to become unfashionable, and with his return to public performance in 1965, Horowitz played fewer of his own arrangements.

The art of transcribing works for piano seems to be enjoying something of a comeback these days. A number of pianists have taken to copying Horowitz' transcriptions from recordings or piano rolls (it's also no secret that printed versions of Horowitz' arrangements and original compositions have been circulating over the Internet for years). Arcadi Volodos has received a lot of publicity for this, but Valery Kuleshov is the only pianist before the public who spent time going over them with Horowitz himself. His copies of Horowitz' arrangements are accurate, and his performances of these works are mostly satisfactory. There is one piece here which doesn't quite "work," and that is Kuleshov's version of Liszt's Vallée d'Obermann. When performing this epic piece in 1966, Horowitz made some minor refinements which tightened the compositional structure and enhanced the piece harmonically - all in the authentic Liszt tradition. Kuleshov has made some further changes here. But where Horowitz' alterations clarify Liszt's intent, Kuleshov's re-workings merely come across as note-spinning.

Many of Horowitz' most popular transcriptions are here, including his amplifications of Liszt's rarely played Hungarian Rhapsody No. 19, Horowitz' arrangement of the Mendelssohn/Liszt Wedding March, and, of course, the ever popular Stars and Stripes Forever. Also here is Kuleshov's version the Carmen Variations, which is an amalgamation of Horowitz' many versions of this work. Even more interesting are the recordings of Horowitz' few original compositions, the manuscripts of which are in the Horowitz Collection at Yale University. Kuleshov's is the only recording so far of Horowitz' charming Etude in E-flat, which the pianist composed as a student and apparently never performed after graduating.

Kuleshov is a superb pianist blessed with a solid technique and healthy temperament. What he lacks is the demon possessed quality which marked some of Horowitz' most astonishing performances. Kuleshov, of course, has the added benefit of vastly improved recording technology, which results in finer sound and - thanks to editing - more note perfect performances than Horowitz could achieve in the days of 78-RPM, non-edited recordings. This also conveniently gathers many of Horowitz' arrangements on one disc, whereas the Maestro's own performances are scattered over several CDs from different recording companies.

Horowitz composed many more transcriptions that the hour's worth here. A follow-up disc is warranted.

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