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Horowitz In Moscow


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 419499   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Domenico ScarlattiWolfgang Amadeus MozartSergei RachmaninovAlexander Scriabin,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 17 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 5 in G major, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
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 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6.
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 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7.
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 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Petrarch sonnet II No 24 
8.
Soirées de Vienne (9) after Schubert, S 427: no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
9.
Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 3 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
10.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 4 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
11.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
12.
Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36: no 6, Etincelles by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
13.
Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R." by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Consv, Moscow 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata in E, K.380: Andante commodo
Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330: 1. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330: 2. Andante cantabile
Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330: 3. Allegretto
Prelude in G, Op.32, No.5
Prélude in G sharp minor, Op.32, No.12
3 Pieces for piano, Op.2: 1. Etude in C sharp minor
12 Etudes for piano, Op.8: No. 12 in D sharp minor
Soirées de Vienne: 9 Valses-Caprices after Schubert
Années de pèlerinage: 2ème année: Italie, S.161: 5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Mazurka No.21 in C sharp minor Op.30 No.4
Mazurka No.7 in F minor Op.7 No.3
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 7. Träumerei
Étincelles, Morceau caractéristique op.36, no.6: Allegro scherzando
Polka de V. R.: Allegretto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Unforgettable December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Vladimir Horowitz's April 20, 1986 Moscow recital has become so legendary that further comment seems superfluous.

To say that this concert was an emotional experience is understatement. A lesser pianist might have wilted under the pressure, and many expected Horowitz would cancel. (He nearly did, after learning Vladimir Feltsman's piano had been vandalized following a concert at the American embassy. It took a phone call from President Reagan to persuade him to continue with the trip.)

At 82, Horowitz seems ecstatically inspired here. He is in finer form here than he was in his 1985 recitals, where he occasionally sounded rusty. In the more bravura pieces, he uses a full dynamic range, which he mostly avoided at this time. Some of the performances, particularly the Liszt Sonetto, recall the fiery Horowitz of the 1940s. Yet, there is a balance and inner warmth that was largely missing in his earlier years. Certainly, the young Horowitz would not have delivered the sprightly, bouncy Scarlatti Sonata (superior to performances from 1951 and 1968), or the charming Mozart Sonata (far preferable to the drab version taped in his living room one year earlier). But it's with the Russian repertoire that Horowitz hits his stride, from Rachmaninoff's sunny G major Prelude to Scriabin's stormy D-sharp minor Etude - - where the bass notes ring as resoundingly as the bells of the Kremlin. The Chopin Mazurkas are offered with the bewitching melancholy that caused a German critic to rave over Horowitz ("Piano Culture Reawakened", read the 1926 headline). If the sparks of Moszkowski's Etincelles don't flicker as incandescently as they did in earlier days, Schumann's Traumerei sings with a new and heartfelt simplicity.

For the record, not all of the performances on this CD come from the actual recital. The Scarlatti Sonata, first movement from the Mozart Sonata, Rachmaninoff G major Prelude and Polka, and Schubert-Liszt Soirées de Vienne came from the public rehearsal two days before the concert. However, no intersplicing was done within movements, so this is really how Horowitz played at that time.

The sound is excellent, if a bit close. I heard Horowitz in concert in Boston this same year - - this is how he sounded.
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