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Horowitz Vol Iv - The Legendary 1968 Tv Concert


Release Date: 06/14/1994 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 53465   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinDomenico ScarlattiRobert SchumannAlexander Scriabin,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Selections recorded January 2-3 and February 1, 1968. Selections recorded January 2-3 and February 1, 1968. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 9 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 1 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
3.
Polonaise for Piano in F sharp minor, B 135/Op. 44 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 55/L 335 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
7.
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 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23; Largo - Moderato - Meno mosso - Presto con fuoco
Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1; Andante
Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44; empo di polacca - Doppio movimento, tempo di Mazurka - Tempo I
Andante commodo from Sonata in E Major, K 380 (L 23) (Instrumental)
Allegro from Sonata in G Major, K 55 (L 335) (Instrumental)
Arabeske in C Major, Op. 18; Leicht und zart
Étude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12; Patetico
Träumerei (No. 7 from Kinderszenen, Op. 15)
Variations on a Theme from Bizet's Opera Carmen

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Horowitz on Television December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Volume Four of Sony's Horowitz reissue contains the audio portion of the pianist's first of many appearances on television. Horowitz had been approached numerous times since the 1940s by network executives looking to televise the pianist. But it was not until 1968, the 40th anniversary of his American debut, that Horowitz approved the idea.
Knowing that he would be performing for more people in one night than he could possibly reach after years of touring must have put the pianist under pressure. But Horowitz rose to the occasion and this is some of the tightest, most disciplined playing of his later career, helped by a program which suited his unique gifts perfectly.

The two contrasting Scarlatti Sonatas are played with Horowitz's usual uncanny control of pianissimo, fleet fingerwork, and perfect pedaling. However, L. 23 is a perhaps bit "precious" compared to his sprightly 1986 Moscow performance.

Horowitz made four (approved) recordings of the Chopin's Ballade in G-Minor. Truth be told, he was never entirely successful in the work, finding difficulty in balancing the episodic and structural elements. This version, along with the epic sounding performance from his 1965 return concert, is the most successful technically and musically.

Less successful is the Nocturne in F-Minor. Horowitz's playing here is too large dynamically, overly focused on detail at the expense of the whole, and the piece emerges as a collection of details.

The F-sharp minor Polonaise is given a performance which is downright diabolical, even nerve-wracking. Yet Horowitz holds the work under a rhythmic control that even Arthur Rubinstein never achieved. It is no exaggeration to say that this may be the greatest F-sharp Minor Polonaise ever recorded, certainly it is one of Horowitz's greatest achievements in Chopin.

It's interesting to compare Horowitz this version of Schumann's Arabeske with Horowitz's studio recording. The 1962 version features swifter tempos, more delicate colors, a more structural approach, which contrasts with the comparatively laid-back, yet somehow bolder performance given here. Both approaches are equally valid. Träumerai is performed with Horowitz's usual attention to detail.

Scriabin's ubiquitous Etude in D-Sharp Minor, a work open to many interpretations, is given a truly demonic performance here which threatens to run off the rails during its climax. Yet Horowitz manages somehow to hold the work together in this compelling recreation.

Horowitz was constantly revising his variations of the Gypsy Song from Carmen. Over the years this version seems to have become the most popular. Horowitz's revisions are less repetitive than in earlier versions, more inventive pianistically, and the overall approach is more relaxed.

This is one of three Horowitz videos which remain commercially unavailable (Horowitz's disastrous 1983 Tokyo concert has wisely been kept from distribution, the other is the 1978 White House recital, which CAN be obtained from the Jimmy Carter Library). Portions of the 1968 concert have been shown on various documentaries, and they offer a tantalizing glimpse of Horowitz in his late prime. Sony should aquire the video rights to this recital and release it on DVD immediately. No complaints about the sound."
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