[ Deutsche Grammophon / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 15 December 2015
Vladimir Horowitz. Even more than twenty-five years after his death, his name still conjures up magical imagery. An artist of extraordinary pianistic abilities, Horowitz came to define an era, when performing artists put their personal stamp on everything they did. And Horowitz did it like no one else, before or since.
This CD set is taken from one of those concerts, a recital from Orchestra Hall, Chicago, on October 26, 1986. Here we hear him in his element, before a live audience. We may not be able to attend a Horowitz recital anymore, but this is the next best thing - with a little imagination, we can become part of the audience ourselves, and it's just thrilling.
Horowitz performed in Chicago thirty-seven times in all, including twenty-seven solo recitals, starting in the year 1928. He was very popular there, and that popularity caused him to give repeat performances four times in the 1960s and 1970s, in order to reach as many patrons as possible. By 1986, he'd come up with perhaps a better plan: a concert that would be broadcast, as a gift to the city of Chicago. This concert marks the final time Horowitz played in Chicago.
"No one could imitate anything Horowitz did, and that's particularly true of his Scarlatti, which combines lightness of action and the subtlest of pedalling...Schumann's Arabeske, new to his DG output though by no means new to his discography as a whole, has a pearlescent beauty, a reactivity that gives new tints to the main theme each time it reappears...this is another compelling addition to the vast Horowitz legacy." (Gramophone)
"Recorded by WFMT's engineers in 1986 during the pianist's Indian summer, this fly-on-the-wall glimpse of Horowitz live is both welcome and enjoyable. Scarlatti and Mozart glitter; Schumann and Liszt compel: this is vintage stuff." (ClassicalMusic)
Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3
Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3
Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)
Soirées de Vienne: valse-caprice No. 6 (after Schubert), D427 No. 6
Étincelles, Op. 36 No. 6
Adagio in B minor, K540
Rondo in D major, K485
Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330
Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major
Keyboard Sonata K135 in E major
Arabeske in C major, Op. 18
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Traümerei
3 Pieces for piano, Op. 2: Etude in C sharp minor
Étude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor
Horowitz Interview with Norman Pellegrini
Horowitz Interview with Thomas Willis