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Horowitz Plays Mozart / Giulini, La Scala Orchestra


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 423287   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Horowitz's personal stamp informs every bar of Mozart's A major K. 488 concerto, with Carlo Maria Giulini conducting, from his brisk, Siciliano tempo in the slow movement to the inclusion of Busoni's rarely heard first-movement cadenza." -- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com "Horowitz's personal stamp informs every bar of Mozart's A major K. 488 concerto, with Carlo Maria Giulini conducting, from his brisk, Siciliano tempo in the slow movement to the inclusion of Busoni's rarely heard first-movement cadenza." -- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1987 
Venue:  Abanella Studio, Milan, Italy 
Length: 23 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Cadenza: Ferruccio Busoni 
2. Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783-1784; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1987 
Venue:  Abanella Studio, Milan, Italy 
Length: 26 Minutes 24 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.23 In A, K.488 - Cadenza: Feruccio Busoni: 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.23 In A, K.488: 2. Adagio
Piano Concerto No.23 In A, K.488: 3. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No.13 In B Flat, K.333: 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata No.13 In B Flat, K.333: 2. Andante cantabile
Piano Sonata No.13 In B Flat, K.333: 3. Allegretto grazioso

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Horowitz's Delightful Mozart December 23, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "This is one of the most delightful and musically balanced Horowitz recordings I have ever heard. Gone is the demonic quality of earlier years, replaced with a new simplicity. Horowitz studied K. 488 in the 1930s with his father in law, Arturo Toscanini - and there is something of the legendary Italian's musicality in this 1987 recording. Tempos are brisk without being rushed; phrasing is business like without being cold. Perhaps this is why Horowitz chose another Italian, Carlo Maria Giulini as conductor in this concerto. Frankly, this is very much Horowitz's record - the piano is very predominant in the concerto. That's just fine with me, because the small orchestra is nondescript and leaves something to be desired tonally. The sound in the Concerto is synthetic and dry.

It sounds as if the microphones have been pulled back for the Sonata. K. 333 happens to be my favorite Mozart Sonata (I remember being moved the first time I heard it, back in 1979), and this is my favorite recording of it. Purists may quibble with Horowitz's rather unorthodox approach to ornamentation. But the phrasing is so natural, tempos flexible without being anarchic, the colors so impressionistically beautiful that I cannot imagine Mozart being anything other than delighted with this performance. By the way, Horowitz observes all the repeats here, which he did not do in his public performances from 1987 or in 1951.

Aside from the orchestral contribution in the concerto, my only complaint is that this CD could have been more generous in its timing - just over 50 minutes. "
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