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In The Hands Of The Master / Vladimir Horowitz


Release Date: 09/30/2003 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 93039   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinAlexander ScriabinRobert SchumannDomenico Scarlatti,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 23 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Between 1962 and 1973 Vladimir Horowitz was under exclusive contract to Columbia Masterworks (now Sony Classical). The relationship resulted in what many piano experts consider Horowitz's most satisfying recordings from both a musical and engineering standpoint. Many of them have long been regarded as classics, like Schumann's Kreisleriana, the Rachmaninov Second Sonata, the celebrated Scarlatti series, molten Scriabin, and of course, the pianist's famous May 9, 1965 Historic Return. Horowitz returned to the label in 1989 for what proved to be his last recording (he died only four days after his final session).


In the Hands of a Master contains nothing that hasn't been out before on CD or that older Horowitz fans don't
Read more already own. But if you're new to Horowitz, this collection provides a decent introduction to the pianist's Sony holdings. It allots equal time to the artist's lyrical, colorist side (Schumann's Arabeske, Schubert's G-flat Impromptu, Chopin Mazurkas, and various Scarlatti Sonatas) and to his demonic personality (Liszt's Scherzo & Marsch, Scriabin's D-sharp minor Etude, Rachmaninov's D major Etude-Tableau, Chopin's G minor Ballade and A-flat Polonaise, plus Horowitz's famous "Carmen" Variations).


His fascinating though controversial Beethoven is dumbed down to single movements only from the "Pathetique" and "Moonlight" sonatas. By contrast, we have the entirety of the pianist's 1962 Schumann Kinderszenen. Two additional Sony Classical Horowitz Centenary reissues also contain this Kinderszenen, by the way (making a grand total of seven U.S. Horowitz Kinderszenen reissues since compact discs came on the market). Photos inside the jacket spine include reproductions of job sheets from several of the original recording sessions. Eagle-eyed Horowitz mavens will notice that one of the sheets lists a test recording of Beethoven's Op. 31 No. 3 E-flat Sonata. Horowitz never recorded the work elsewhere, and rarely if ever played it. Does the performance still exist? Perhaps it can be coupled with Kinderszenen...
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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 
Date of Recording: 05/04/1971 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/06/1972 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 4 in C sharp minor, B 74 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Poland 
Date of Recording: 02/1973 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4. Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 32: no 1 in F sharp major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5. Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6. Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 531/L 430 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7. Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 455/L 209 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 5 in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
10. 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 
Date of Recording: 05/09/1962 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
11. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59: no 3 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1973 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
12. Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130: no 2 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1965 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
13. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 12 in C minor, B 67 "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 07/06/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
14. 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 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1963 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
15. Scherzo and March for Piano, S 177 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/22/1967 
Length: 10 Minutes 35 Secs. 
16. Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 17 Minutes 46 Secs. 
17. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 45: no 1, Feuillet d'album by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/31/1972 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
18. Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 42: no 4 in F sharp major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/27/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
19. Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 42: no 5 in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/31/1972 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
20. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/04/1971 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
21. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 1 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
22. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 5 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1834; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
23. 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: 1964 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
24. Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 146/L 349 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
25. 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 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 9 Minutes 42 Secs. 
26. Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
27. Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 9 Minutes 2 Secs. 
28. Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
29. 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 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
30. Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 491/L 164 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
31. 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: 12/15/1968 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
32. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 5 in D minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/10/1967 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
33. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 2 in C major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/10/1967 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
34. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 9 in D major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/10/1967 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
35. Sonatas (6) for Piano, Op. 25: no 3 in B flat major by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1963 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
36. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/14/1971 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
37. 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 
Date of Recording: 04/14/1971 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
38. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
39. Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in A major, B 120 "Military" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Poland 
Date of Recording: 07/06/1972 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
40. 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 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
41. 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: 1962 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
42. 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: 1962 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
43. Feuillet d'album, Op. 58 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
44. Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 39/L 391 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
45. Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 14 "Concert sans orchestre": 4th movement, Quasi variazioni by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835-1836; Germany 
Notes: The 4th movement from Sonata No. 3 "Quasi variazioni" is sometimes referred to as the "Clara Wieck Variations" being based on an Andantino melody by Clara Wieck. 

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