Vladimir Horowitz: A Reminiscence

Vladimir Horowitz: A Reminiscence

by Vladimir Horowitz
     
 
The only real thing that separates a poetaster like Vladimir Horowitz from a poet like Sviatoslav Richter is taste. Sure, Horowitz's renowned technique actually had more holes in it than a rusty bucket, while Richter's is nearly super-human in its power and precision, and sure, Horowitz's celebrated tone actually had more brass than bronze in it, while Richter's is

Overview

The only real thing that separates a poetaster like Vladimir Horowitz from a poet like Sviatoslav Richter is taste. Sure, Horowitz's renowned technique actually had more holes in it than a rusty bucket, while Richter's is nearly super-human in its power and precision, and sure, Horowitz's celebrated tone actually had more brass than bronze in it, while Richter's is pure gold and silver. But the thing that really makes the difference in their playing is taste. For the most part, Horowitz specialized in works that might be called show-stopping spectaculars, works designed by their composers as virtuoso demonstration pieces. But, of course, all they demonstrate is technique and as far as taste goes, well, there are slasher movies with more taste. So it is a relief to listen to this disc, entitled Vladimir Horowitz A Reminiscence, and hear almost nothing except tiny, tender piano pieces designed by their composers as the quintessence of their lyricism. And it is even more of a relief to hear Horowitz demonstrate an ability to spin a long line, to make a tempo pulse and breathe, to create colors as vivid and radiant as the best of Monet. From a graceful "Impromptu" through a heartfelt "Waltz," a soulful "Mazurka," an exalted "Prelude," and an ecstatic "Liebestod," Horowitz demonstrates that when he stayed away from the spectacular, he could indeed be a poet at the piano. Sony's remastered sound is warm and real.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998966925
catalogNumber:
89669

Tracks

  1. Impromptu for piano in G flat major, D. 899/3 (Op. 90/3)  - Franz Schubert  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  2. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, B. 164/2  - Frédéric Chopin  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  3. Prelude for piano No. 6 in B minor ("Tolling Bells") Op. 28/6, B. 107/3  - Frédéric Chopin  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  4. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major ("Raindrop") Op. 28/15, B. 107/10  - Frédéric Chopin  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  5. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 491 (L. 164)  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  6. Arrangement for piano: Bach: "10 Chorale Preludes", from Bach-Busoni gesammelte Ausgabe, Vol.3  - Ferruccio Busoni  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  7. Mazurka for piano in E minor, Op. 41/2, CT. 74  - Frédéric Chopin  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  8. Prelude for piano No.23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  9. Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90: 1. Adagio sostenuto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  10. Moments Musicaux (6), for piano, Op. 16  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  11. Consolation, for piano No. 2 in E Major "Un poco più mosso", S. 172/2 (LW A111a/2/2)  - Franz Liszt  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  12. Feuillet d'album for piano in E flat major, Op. 45/1  - Alexander Scriabin  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  13. Etude for piano in A flat major, Op. 8/8  - Alexander Scriabin  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  14. Feuillet d'album for piano, Op. 58  - Alexander Scriabin  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  15. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: 7. La Terrasse des Audiences du Clair de Lune  - Claude Debussy  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  16. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: 5. Bruyères  - Claude Debussy  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  17. Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15: Von fremden Länden und Menschen  - Robert Schumann  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro
  18. Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15: Träumerei  - Robert Schumann  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Giulio Turturro

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