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The Complete Solo European Recordings 1930-1936 / Horowitz

Release Date: 04/10/2007 
Label:  Apr (Appian) Catalog #: 6004   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz LisztSergei ProkofievFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These two CDs contain some of the most impressive piano playing ever commited to disc and are a must for every pianophile’s collection. They capture the young Horowitz just after his sensational arrival in the west and, apart from a few 78s made in the previous two years in the US, they are his earliest solo recordings. Though most of the chosen pieces were short enough to fit onto a 78rpm side Horowitz did record the Liszt Sonata, a performance which quickly achieved a legendary status. Unique to APR is the originally unissued performance of the the first movement of Chopin’s Sonata in B flat minor, all the remains of a projected recording of the complete work. The Prokofiev Toccata was also originally unissued and is not otherwise Read more currently available.

- Appian Recordings

"Self-respecting pianophiles will already have most of these seminal recordings. But, compared with earlier issues, APR reveal a fuller, richer piano sound where every nuance is crystal clear and in a judiciously-enhanced ambience...APR's presentation, as usual, leaves its peers standing, fully worthy of the great artist enshrined in these magical recordings."

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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Toccata for Piano in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March": 1st movement, Grave by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 

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