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Horowitz Plays Rachmaninoff

Release Date: 08/10/1989 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 7754   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1980 
Length: 22 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1931 Revision
Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931). 
Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16: no 2, Allegretto in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1977 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 5 in G major, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1977 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R." by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911 
Date of Recording: 06/1977 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1951 
Length: 37 Minutes 24 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Allegro ma non tanto
Non allegro; Lento
L'istesso tempo; Allegro molto
Moment musicale, Op. 16, No. 2 in E-Flat Minor
Prelude in G, Op. 32 No. 5
Polka V.R.
Allegro ma non tanto
Intermezzo: Adagio
Finale: Alla breve

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Horowitz's Thrilling Rachmaninoff December 23, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Vladimir Horowitz made three "official" recordings of Rachmaninoff's formidable Third Concerto. There are wonderful things in the 1930 recording with Coates, but that performance was severely cut. The 1978 version with Ormandy is also marvelous in its own way, but this 1951 studio recording with Reiner is the probably Horowitz's high water mark in this piece. There are a few cuts here, but not as severe as the version with Coates or Rachmaninoff's 1939 recording with Ormandy. Reiner is a sympathetic collaborator and draws some virtuoso playing from the pickup orchestra. The recording balance favors the piano, but Horowitz's dazzling virtuosity and clarity deserve to be highlighted. On the whole, this is my favorite Rachmaninoff Third on CD.

The solo pieces were recorded live later in Horowitz's career. Personally, I prefer the lithe, panther-like 1968 recording of the Rachmaninoff Sonata over this brooding version from 1980 - but I wouldn't want to be without either recording. The G Major Prelude, recorded in 1977 is more lovingly played here than the more casual 1986 version recorded in Moscow. The E-Flat Minor Moment musical is electrifying in a way that could be only termed Horowitzian. Rachmaninoff's Polka was a favorite Horowitz encore, and his timing of the two "blues" chords in the coda brings a murmur of amusement from the audience. The sound here is a bit hard and airless, but a substantial improvement over the LP.

This album is a must for piano lovers. "
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