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Horowitz Plays Liszt


Release Date: 07/12/2011 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 783987   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To commemorate Liszt's 200th birthday year, this release gathers together all of Vladimir Horowitz's Liszt recordings controlled by the Sony/BMG group and previously issued by RCA, CBS, and Sony in a four-disc collection. Each disc covers a specific period of Horowitz's recording career, such as "The Last Decade", "Horowitz at Carnegie Hall--Early Live Recordings", and "Early Studio Recordings".

Though Disc 1 is entitled "CBS Studio Recordings and Horowitz's Return to Carnegie Hall", the Scherzo & March and B minor sonata respectively stem from Queens College in New York and St. Louis' Powell Hall. More importantly however, the recordings trace Horowitz's Liszt from his early 1930
Read more RCA Victor sessions to merely days before his sudden death from a heart attack at age 86. Horowitz's Liszt interpretations are multi-leveled in their fusion of power, poetry, theatricality, and intimacy, even when the playing is variable.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, for example, Horowitz entered a mannered period, as his dynamic yet cramped and convoluted Mephisto Waltz No. 1 and Ballade No. 2 bear out. Neither B minor sonata completely satisfies. The recently unearthed 1947 live Carnegie Hall reading oozes with daring and imagination but doesn't match the coherent unity of the 1932 HMV recording (available from EMI and APR), and also contains a 22-bar cut beginning at the 3/2 measure marked Pesante (page 16 of the Kalmus edition score). By contrast, the uncut 1976 Liszt Sonata suffers from pianistic loose ends in the form of wrong and missed notes, pounded-out climaxes, and cautious octaves. In fairness, Horowitz's subsequent Liszt Sonata performances the following season grew increasingly assured and accurate.

Everyone's written about the 1930 Paganini Etude's thunderous descending interlocking octaves, yet no one has mentioned the fact that Horowitz drops beats. Nevertheless, rhythmic precision and canny timing impart character and thrust throughout virtuoso showpieces like the Hungarian Rhapsodies (Nos. 2, 15, and 19 feature the pianist's dazzlingly elaborate textural emendations), the Scherzo & March, and Horowitz's scintillating retooling of Liszt's Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre and Mendelssohn Wedding March transcriptions.

Among the five versions of Valse Oubliée No. 1, I prefer the live 1975 performance's playful dynamic inflections at the beginning and slightly greater expressive leeway in softer passages. But as much as I admire the 1951 studio Petrarch Sonnet No. 104's nervous intensity, the generally more expansive live 1986 version boasts no less hair-raising climaxes (the 82-year-old pianist could still shake out stunning octaves when so inclined).

Jeremy Siepmann's balanced and perceptive annotations do full and frank justice to the Horowitz/Liszt connection. Sony/BMG's transfers appear identical to those in the complete Horowitz Original Jacket Collection. In short, Horowitz collectors already may have much, most, or all of this material, but novices wishing to explore Horowitz's Liszt in depth won't go wrong.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
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 
2.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 19 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Budapest, Hungary 
3.
Scherzo and March for Piano, S 177 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Années de pèlerinage, première année, S 160 "Suisse": no 6, Vallée d'Obermann by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1854; Weimar, Germany 
5.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
6.
Années de pèlerinage, première année, S 160 "Suisse": no 4, Au bord d'une source by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1854; Weimar, Germany 
7.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
8.
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 
9.
Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
10.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Weimar, Germany 
11.
Soirées de Vienne (9) after Schubert, S 427: no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Weimar, Germany 
12.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
13.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
14.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
15.
Prelude "Weinen, Klagen..." (JS Bach) for Piano, S 179 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
16.
Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Weimar, Germany 
17.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
18.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 2 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Hungary 
19.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178: 1st movement, Lento assai - Allegro energico by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
20.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178: 2nd movement, Grandioso - Recitativo by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
21.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178: Andante sostenuto by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
22.
Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 4 in D flat major, Quasi adagio by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
23.
Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 5 in E major, Andantino by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
24.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
25.
Grandes Etudes (6) de Paganini, S 141: no 2 in E flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
26.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
27.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
28.
Années de pèlerinage, première année, S 160 "Suisse": no 4, Au bord d'une source by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1854; Weimar, Germany 
29.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
30.
Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns), S 555 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Rome, Italy 
31.
Wedding March and Dance of the Elves from Mendelssohn's "A Midsummernight's Dream", S 410 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
32.
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 
33.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 

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