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Horowitz In London: Live Concert On May 22, 1982

Release Date: 09/02/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 4572   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinRobert SchumannAlexander ScriabinAnonymous
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Date of Recording: 05/1982 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1982 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1982 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 12 in D sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1982 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
God save the King/Queen by Anonymous
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1982 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Horowitz having an off day December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Vladimir Horowitz was in ill health and was heavily medicated when this recital was taped in May of 1982. Comparison with the videotape of the concert reveals that large portions of the recital have been edited for the CD. As Prince Charles was in attendance, Horowitz begins with a plush version of "God Save the Queen" which brings murmured amusement from the audience. Chopin's Polonaise-Fantasie was a Horowitz specialty for decades. He was playing this piece as far back as the 1920s, when few pianists dared to touch such a structurally complex work. His best recording of this piece remains the 1966 version taped lived in Carnegie Hall. The 1982 version is among the most mannered playing Horowitz ever approved for commercial release. The phrasing and metric pulse sag, and the piece fails to cohere. Chopin's Ballade in G Minor was a piece Horowitz played constantly. The aforementioned problems are also in evidence here. In addition, Horowitz's playing is technically sub-par, with an awkward coda that sounds banged. Again, the pianist's best versions of this work can be found in his 1965 and 1968 Sony recordings. Schumann's Kinderszenen was performed in honor of the impending birth of Prince William. The playing is technically better here, but musically, the phrasing and drawn out ritardandos border on the bizarre. The piece ends up sounding fragmented and incomprehensible. Horowitz returned to this work during the 1987 season, and the live recording from Vienna is his best achievement in this piece. It can be found on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Horowitz saved his best playing for last and his encore, Scriabin's famed D-sharp Minor Etude resurrects the "divine madness" that was part of his allure. The sound on this disc is metallic and clattery, reflecting the accoustics of London's Royal Festival Hall. Recommended only for die-hard Horowitz fans like myself." Report Abuse
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