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Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin / Mieczyslaw Horszowski

Release Date: 06/10/2008 
Label:  Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog #: 23   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenRobert SchumannFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"In Mieczyslaw Horszowski's playing, what initially strikes the listener is the loveliness of his sound - a sound that is no longer heard today ... In his playing, everything seems supple and effortless, as if playing a piano were as easy as uttering speech."Murray Perahia The Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski was three weeks away from his 99th birthday when he gave this recital, recorded live at Wigmore Hall in June 1991. It was the last recital he ever gave in the UK, followed only by a concert in Lucerne and another in his home town of Philhadelphia, some four months later. This marked the end of a career which had begun with his official Viennese debut in 1902, with a programme that included Schumann's Arabesque, which Read more features in this programme, 90 years later. The recording also features Mozart's Sonata in B flat K. 570, Beethoven's Sonata in D minor Op. 31 No. 2 'The Tempest', and works by Chopin . As a boy, Horszowski was taught by his mother, an amateur pianist who had studied with Karol Mikuli, himself a pupil of Chopin - and it was in Chopin that Horszowski was greatly in his element. As András Schiff remarked: "It's as though he had written the music himself. It's unbelievably unpredictable, and yet it's completely natural, and comes from within the composition." The recital ends with Schumann's 'Traumerei', one of the composer's most famous melodies, and something of a signature work for Horszowski in his last years. Reviews 'The Wigmore Hall recital offers an ideal showcase for Horszowski's rich sonority' BBC Music Magazine 'One hears an enchantingly lyrical approach, with each phrase flowing perfectly into the next. Equally important is the pianist's sensitivity to harmony and texture. Rarely has such colour and nuance been brought to this music in so satisfying a manner ... The recording engineers are to be commended for the excellent sound quality of this CD. Horzsowski's sound was an essential part of what he communicated and this disc does as good a job as I have heard of capturing that elusive quality' International Record Review 'this CD is extraordinary, and only partly because it was recorded when this great pianist was 99 years old. Mieczyslaw Horszowski was first taught by his mother, who had studied with a pupil of Chopin, and this recording reflects the serene luminosity of his tone as well as his utterly individual way with over-played classics' The Independent Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 17 in B flat major, K 570 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 4 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 

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