The Art of Vladimir Horowitz Episode 1

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Signature of russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz.
Signature of russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


On this episode: Vladimir Horowitz Live in Vienna 1987, San Francisco 1977,  La Scala 1985, and more.

Vladimir Horowitz Live in Vienna 1987

Vladimir Horowitz live in San Francisco 1977 (Clementi, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Chopin)
March 13, 1977: War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California

Clementi: Sonata in C major, Op.33 No.3
Chopin: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35
Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Rachmaninoff: Moment Musical in B minor, Op.16 No.3
Rachmaninoff: Moment Musical in E-flat minor, Op.16 No.2
Chopin: Mazurka in A minor, Op.17 No.4
Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op.53

Schumann: Träumerei, Op.15 No.7
Moszkowski: Etincelles, Op.36 No.6
Rachmaninoff/Horowitz: Finale from Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36

Vladimir Horowitz and Zubin Metha:  Rachmaninoff  Piano Concerto 3
New York Philharmonic Orchestra

(Konzert für Klavier und Orchester No. 3 in D moll Op. 30)
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Intermezzo: Adagio
III. Finale: Alla breve

Vladimir Horowitz and Eugene Ormandy: Rachmaninoff  Piano Concerto 3  Playlist
ann arbor, 1978

Rachmaninoff's fatherly insights and advice regarding his own music were to prove invaluable to Horowitz. For Rachmaninoff, Horowitz was a champion of both his solo works and his Third Concerto, about which Rachmaninoff remarked publicly after the performance that "This is the way I always dreamed my concerto should be played, but I never expected to hear it that way on Earth."

In 1985, in the movie The Last Romantic, Horowitz said: "Rachmaninoff is a pianist. I played with him (Arturo Toscanini, who is also mentioned in the conversation), Rachmaninoff and we... [plays the beginning of 3rd piano concerto]. He was a wonderful pianist and a nice friend. He was my best friend! First of all he was composer, pianist and conductor. Three things at once and first class, all three, I think so.

Vladimir Horowitz: La Scala Concert Playlist
Milan, Italy, 17 november 1985

President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan prese...
President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan present pianist Vladimir Horowitz with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This recording was never released commercially.

1. Scarlatti sonata in b minor k 87.
2. Scarlatti sonata in e major k 135
3-10. Schumann kreisleriana op 16
11. Schubert impromptu b-flat maj op 142 no 3
12. Scriabin etude in c# min op 2 no 1
13. Scriabin etude in d# min op 8 no 12
14. Liszt consolation no 3 in d-flat major
15. Liszt impromptu (nocturne) in f-sharp maj
16. Liszt valse oubliee no1
17. Chopin mazurka in c-sharp min op 63 no 34
18. Chopin mazurka in f minor op 7 no 3
19. Chopin polonaise in a-flat maj op 53
20. Schumann traumerei op 15 no 7
21. Moszkowski etude in f major op 72 no 6
22. Scarlatti sonata b min K 87
Horowitz Steinway grand piano #1
Horowitz Steinway grand piano #1 (Photo credit: jacksonpe)

23. Scarlatti sonata e maj K 135
24-26. Mozart sonata in c-maj K 330
27. Schubert impromptu in b-flat maj op 142 no 3
28. Schubert-liszt soiree de vienne no 6
29. Scriabin etude in d#min op8 no 12
30. Liszt sonetto 104 del petrarca
31. Chopin ballade no1 g min op 23
32. Chopin mazurka a min op 17 no 4
33. Chopin mazurka f min op 7 no 3
34. Chopin polonaise a-flat major op 53
35. Schubert moment musical f min op 94 no 3
36. Rachmaninoff prelude g# min op 32 no 12
37. Liszt valse oubliee n 1