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Vladimir Horowitz - A Reminiscence


Release Date: 07/17/2001 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89669   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz SchubertFrédéric ChopinDomenico ScarlattiSergei Rachmaninov,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composed of live and studio recordings from the 1960s and '70s, this compilation of Horowitz favorites proves that simple, poetic pieces can be very powerful. Loved by his audiences, Horowitz considered these relatively short works to be rich, crystalline, and full of feeling, each able to be carved in a very personal way. Arranged arbitrarily without regard to contrast of tempo, or stylistic unity, the program resembles that of encore pieces performed at the artist's whim, creating the illusion of spontaneity. The record's variety nonetheless showcases Horowitz's multifaceted artistry, displaying his crisp touch and rock-steady rhythm.
The disc contains works from Schubert, Chopin, Scarlatti, and Debussy, to name a few, all extremely
Read more romantic in nature, somewhat improvisatory, and performed with a passion that seethed from the pianist's very soul. The album's coup de grace, Schumann's "Traumerei" is so dreamy it almost drifts away before the artist's fingers can play the last dangling keystrokes. Perhaps closest to his heart, these colorful works come alive through accordance with Horowitz's own consciousness. It is from his passion as a pianist that this music is brought so intensely to life. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. 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 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1968 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/06/1972 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4. 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 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5. 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 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 41: no 2 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1973 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7. 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 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
8. 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 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
9. Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16: no 3, Andante cantabile in B minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/15/1968 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 44 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 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
11. 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 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
12. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 8 in A flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
13. Préludes, Book 2: no 7, La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 12/10/1966 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
14. Préludes, Book 2: no 5, Bruyères by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1963 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
15. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 1, Von fremden Ländern und Menschen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1962 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
16. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/01/1968 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
17. Orgelbüchlein: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/12/1969 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Ferruccio Busoni 
18. Feuillet d'album, Op. 58 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 3
Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Prélude in B minor, Op. 28, No. 6
Prélude in D-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15 "Raindrop"
Sonata in D Major, K 491 (L 164)
Chorale Prelude: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (from Orgelbüchlein, BWV 639)
Mazurka in E minor, Op. 41, No. 2
Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op. 32
I. Adagio sostenuto from Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor for Piano, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight"
Moment musical in B minor, Op. 16, No. 3
Consolation in E Major, S. 172 (R. 12), No. 2
Feuillet d'album in E-flat Major, Op. 45, No. 1
Étude in A-flat Major, Op. 8, No. 8
Feuillet d'album, Op. 58 - Con delicatezza
La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune (Prélude No. 7 from Book II)
Bruyères. Calme (Prélude from Book II)
Von fremden Ländern und Menschen from Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Träumerei (No. 7 from Kinderszenen, Op. 15)

Customer Reviews

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 Horowitz Plays Popular Classics December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "To be more than a virtuoso, you must first be a virtuoso." Ferruccio Busoni
Although this CD of previously released material is being promoted as a companion to the video documentary "Vladimir Horowitz--a Reminiscence," there is little connection between the two. Rather than release a CD of pieces which Horowitz was heard playing in the film, Sony has instead chosen to release an album of mostly "popular" piano classics. Most of the pieces on this CD are relaxed and contemplative, and there is none of Horowitz trademark diabolical virtuosity here. Nevertheless, his years with Columbia Masterworks (now Sony Classical) were fruitful ones, and the pianist won the majority of his Grammys while under contract to that label from 1962 to 1973.

Horowitz was never considered one of Schubert's greatest interpreters, but this performance of the G-flat Impromptu is notable for the pianist's uncanny ability to balance the melody against the flowing accompaniment, and for its natural phrasing and tonal beauty.

The Chopin pieces are from various Horowitz albums, including some live material. Although the playing is uniformly outstanding, one wishes Sony had included more Mazurkas, a form in which Horowitz excelled. Early on, Horowitz was lauded for his interpretations of the music of Rachmaninoff, his friend and mentor. The two brief pieces here, recorded live in 1968, are played with characteristic brooding melancholy. The LP from which these works were taken won Horowitz one of his many Grammys.

Two of the three Scriabin pieces here are from Horowitz's legendary all-Scriabin LP, recorded in 1972, another Grammy winner. The third piece was recorded at the same time, but not released until 1992, despite being top-flight Horowitz and Scriabin.

Although it duplicates items which Horowitz fanatics already have, this CD is ideal for the Horowitz newcomer. It is also an excellent refutation for those who still like to pigeonhole Vladimir Horowitz as a mere virtuoso.

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