Horowitz: The Last Recording
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||Sonata in E Flat Major for Piano, Hob. XVI:49: I. Allegro||Vladimir Horowitz||6:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sonata in E Flat Major for Piano, Hob. XVI:49: II. Adagio e Cantabile||Vladimir Horowitz||8:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sonata in E Flat Major for Piano, Hob. XVI:49: III. Finale - Tempo di Minuet||Vladimir Horowitz||3:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mazurka No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 56||Vladimir Horowitz||5:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat Major, Op. 55||Vladimir Horowitz||4:46||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Fantaisie - Impromptu, Op. 66||Vladimir Horowitz||4:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Etude No. 1 in A Flat Major, Op. 25||Vladimir Horowitz||2:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Etude No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 25||Vladimir Horowitz||3:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Nocturne No. 1 in B Major, Op. 62||Vladimir Horowitz||6:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, Prdludium - Based on a Theme from Bach's Cantata No. 12, S. 179||Vladimir Horowitz||5:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, S. 447||Vladimir Horowitz||6:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
I can say in all honesty that Vladimir is the greatest recorded pianist of all time, with the potential exception of Rachmaninov. What is even more amazing is that this recording was finished only four days before his death. Who knew that someone so close to the end could play with such precision and passion? I also recceomend some of the older recordings by Horowitz, especially him playing Scriabin.
Master of the Steinway
I've just finished reading Franz Mohr's "My Life With the Great Pianists." It is an extremely moving look through the eyes of the man that keeps the great ones sounding great. I'm now trying to find all the recordings he mentions in the book. This one, I believe, was actually recorded in Horowitz's home in New York. I also want to find his album "Horowitz at Home." Next on my list is the Van Cliburn recording from Moscow - the first Classical record to go Platinum.
Horowitz's last recording, and one of his best
Anyone peeking at this album already knows who Vladimir Horowitz is and how legendary he was. However, this being his "Last Recording", I'm glad to say that this was also one of his best. It probably has to do with the fact the maestro's final recording was using audio and studio recording quality that exists in 1990, rather than the "sound quality" of his earlier albums recorded say.... let's say in the mid-1960s. Also, like any pianist, the maestro's performance gets better with age. The selections here are a good mix (altho I admit that I am mostly a follower of Chopin and Liszt). I've never heard of a better Fantaisie Impromptu (Chopin) played than the one included in this album. Horowitz plays this virtuoso "show piece" with brilliance, clarity and energy. Thank goodness that this album was recorded by the Sony Classical label, since Sony tends to do a superior job with recording quality on their classical albums. This album is a must-own for any Vladimir Horowitz fan.
Born: October 1, 1903 in Kiev, Ukraine
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s