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Horowitz At The Met


Release Date: 05/18/1999 
Label:  Rca Red Seal Hp Catalog #: 63314   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Domenico ScarlattiFrédéric ChopinSergei RachmaninovFranz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

That Vladimir Horowitz begins this 1981 recital with six sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti seems to be much more than the default of chronological programming. At this late stage in his career, before an outsized audience, the "last Romantic" appears before an adoring public with clean, unfussy, and elegantly shaped interpretations of Baroque pieces conceived for the harpsichord.
He then leaps to Paris of the 1840s with the Chopin Ballade in F minor, thereby linking Scarlatti to the contrapuntal richness of late Chopin. Chopin went against the grain of public opinion in his championing of Scarlatti--a fact that did not escape Horowitz's attention. Indeed, Horowitz's balanced and richly textured reading of the Ballade compels the listener to
Read more hear it through the filter of Scarlatti.
This Scarlatti-Chopin connection seems to dictate the remainder of the recital, from the Liszt Ballade to the Chopin Waltz and the Rachmaninov Prelude. With the Rachmaninov, Horowitz is in Russia of the 20th century, and his idiomatic command of this music, from its fiery martial theme to its luxurious cantilena, and his flawless technique remain unrivalled. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A flat major, K 127/L 186 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1981 
Venue:  Live  Metropolitan Opera House, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 466/L 118 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1981 
Venue:  Live  Metropolitan Opera House, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 184/L 189 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1981 
Venue:  Live  Metropolitan Opera House, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 101/L 494 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1981 
Venue:  Live  Metropolitan Opera House, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 87/L 33 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1981 
Venue:  Live  Metropolitan Opera House, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1981 
Venue:  Live  Metropolitan Opera House, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1981 
Venue:  Live  Metropolitan Opera House, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8.
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 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1981 
Venue:  Live  Metropolitan Opera House, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
9.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1981 
Venue:  Live  Metropolitan Opera House, New York City 
Length: 15 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 135/L 224 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1981 
Venue:  Live  Metropolitan Opera House, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata in A-Flat, Kk.127, L.186: Allegro (Remastered 1999)
Sonata in F Minor, Kk.466, L.118: Andante moderato (Remastered 1999)
Sonata in F Minor, Kk.184, L.189: Allegro
Sonata in A, Kk.101, L.494: Allegro
Sonata in B Minor, Kk.87, L.33: Andante mosso (Remastered 1999)
Sonata in E, Kk.135, L.224: Allegro molto (Remastered 1999)
Ballade No.4 in F Minor, Op. 52 (Remastered 1999)
Ballade No. 2 in B Minor
Waltz in A-Flat, Op.69, No. 1 "L'adieu"
Prelude in G Minor, Op.23, No.5 (Remastered 1999)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Stunning Recital December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "The original release of Horowitz at the Met was one of the first CDs I bought when I got my first player in 1986. The clarity and beauty of sound in Horowitz's first digital recording was nothing short of astonishing back then.

This recording captures Horowitz in his autumnal prime in works he was obviously comfortable with. Horowitz almost single handedly ressurected Scarlatti, and his approach to these elusive works consistenly illuminates. He almost never embellished the text, but provides more than enough variety with an endless pallette of tone colors.

Horowitz seemed more at home in Chopin's Ballade No. 4 than he did in the first Ballade. The phrasing, dynamics, and dramatic build up are just so "right" here, that one can scarcely imagine a better performance--even with the occasional minor slip of finger.

Liszt's Ballade is more bombastic than anything else. Horowitz fills the work with such epic "mad-scientist" fury, one can actually take the work seriously, at least until the track ends.

The Chopin Waltz combines both--very different--editions of Chopin's text, with perhaps a dash of Horowitz's melancholy.

The Rachmaninoff Prelude has a swinging beat that one seldom hears from this piece. The central section is as sexily voiced as a siren's song. The applause at the end is most welcome.

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