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Beethoven: Moonlight; Bach, Brahms, Haydn, Etc / Horowitz


Release Date: 07/23/2007 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 60461   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Domenico ScarlattiJohann Sebastian BachFranz Joseph HaydnLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir HorowitzNathan Milstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 4 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: 04/23/1951 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/06/1947 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Federico Busoni 
3. Sonata for Keyboard no 62 in E flat major, H 16 no 52 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
Date of Recording: 04/23/1951 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, NYC 
Length: 15 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1946 
Length: 15 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano), Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1950 
Length: 20 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/21/1947 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Horowitz in uncharacteristic repertoire December 23, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Beethoven and Brahms are not composers one usually associates with Vladimir Horowitz. The ever popular "Moonlight" Sonata of Beethoven was recorded three times by Horowitz - there is also a posthumously released live recording from the 1940s. This 1946 recording originated on 78rpm discs and the remastering leaves something to be desired - the result manages to be both noisy and filtered sounding. Although pianistically peerless, the performance sounds uninvolved and passionless.

The Brahms Sonata is from a few years later and is one of the few recordings featuring Horowitz in chamber music - and the only recording made with his childhood friend Nathan Milstein. Although dry and closely miked, the sound is more acceptable. As teenagers, Horowitz and Milstein had played this work together in Russia - and the performance is suitably intense. Still, I think Horowitz would have made a better partner with Heifetz and have regretted they were never recorded together.

The charming and pianistically advanced Haydn sonata was a Horowitz specialty for many years - this was his second (1951) of two recordings of the piece - again, there is also a posthumously released live recording from the 1940s. Personally, I prefer the earliest (1934) version - it was more faithful to Haydn's text. Nevertheless, one can't fault Horowitz for the dash and nimbleness of this performance.

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