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The Essential Vladimir Horowitz


Release Date: 04/07/2009 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 741940   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinRobert SchumannWolfgang Amadeus MozartClaude Debussy,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Russian-born Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) was one of the most acclaimed pianists of the modern age, a formidable virtuoso whose inimitable artistry and technique were rooted in the grand Romantic tradition. Horowitz's flamboyant personality and charisma only added to the mystique created by his performances. His long career, which began in the west with his departure from the Soviet Union in 1925, lasted right up to his death in New York in the fall of 1989. This 2-CD set is the first greatest hits collection to bring together Horowitz's recordings from Red Seal and Sony Classical catalogs. Russian-born Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) was one of the most acclaimed pianists of the modern age, a formidable virtuoso whose inimitable artistry and technique were rooted in the grand Romantic tradition. Horowitz's flamboyant personality and charisma only added to the mystique created by his performances. His long career, which began in the west with his departure from the Soviet Union in 1925, lasted right up to his death in New York in the fall of 1989. This 2-CD set is the first greatest hits collection to bring together Horowitz's recordings from Red Seal and Sony Classical catalogs. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
2. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
3. Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 3rd movement, Rondo alla turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
4. Children's Corner: no 3, Serenade for the Doll by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
5. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 15 in a "Rákóczy March" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1886 
6. Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
7. Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 6, Andante grazioso in A major " by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842-1844; Germany 
8. Romance oubliée for Piano, S 527 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Rome, Italy 
9. Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
10. Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36: no 6, Etincelles by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
11. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
12. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 3 in D flat major, Lento placido by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
13. Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36: 1st movement, Allegro agitato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931). 
14. Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36: 3rd movement, L'istesso tempo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931). 
15. Scherzo a capriccio for Piano in F sharp minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Germany 
16. Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; USA 
17. Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
18. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 4 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
19. Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": 2nd movement, Adagio cantabile by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
20. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 1, Von fremden Ländern und Menschen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
21. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 2 in E major, Un poco più mosso by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
22. Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 491/L 164 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
23. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2: no 1, Etude in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887-1889; Russia 
24. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
25. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
26. Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
27. Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 146/L 349 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
28. Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
29. Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Weimar, Germany 
30. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 5 in G flat major "Black Keys" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A grab-bag that may be appealing to the Horowitz  December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "This 2-CD set consists of previously issued material. This who already have Horowitz's recordings will have no need to acquire this, as these items will duplicate their existing collections and nothing has been further remastered. Those unfamiliar with or curious about Horowitz would do well to get this, as it's at midprice, and has an interesting cross section or repertoire which (mostly) displays his enthusiams well. There are no large scale works here, just lollipops and excerpts from larger works. Horowitz was usually at his best in shorter works, which serves this collection well.

The Scarlatti, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin works can be recommended without reservation. The Chopin and Schumann are close to top-tier, but not quite on the highest level. Of the Mozart and Beethoven items, only the slow movement from the Pathetique Sonata convinces (Horowitz was never a great Beethovenian, and didn't really get the "hang" of Mozart until he was in his 80s).

The items come from his RCA and Columbia years, as well as from his last recording for Sony Classical (which now owns both the RCA Red Seal and Columbia Masterworks catalogues). There is nothing here from the Deutsche Grammophon years, of course, nor the HMV items that are now owned by EMI. But this set gives a good idea of how Horowitz played at most points in his career. "
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