Monday, April 27, 2015

Vladimir Horowitz Plays Modest Mussorgsky

Throughout his career Vladimir Horowitz was renowned for his performances of the Russian repertoire, works by the composers represented in this collection. Korowaitz was a pianist-arranger in the tradition of Liszt, Busoni and Rachmaninov. The first of his transcriptions was the "Carmen" Variations (based on the Act. II Gypsy Dance), which he wrote in 1923, revised several times and recorded several times ; the performance heard here is his first disc recording. Then in the 1940s he unleashed a string of transcriptions for use in his recital programs and as encores — works his audiences loved. The most extensive of these was Pictures at an Exhibition. Working from Mussorgsky's original text and Ravel's orchestration, Horowitz made his own version of the piano suite Mussorgsky wrote after viewing a memorial exhibition of the works of his friend the painter-architect Victor Hartmann. Horowitz's edition involved changes in voicing and coloration in order to emphasize the drama of various passages, without modifying any of the harmonic or thematic material...
From the booklet, Traduction Gigi Stybr, Byword, London

Vladimir Horowitz
Plays
Modest Mussorgsky
(1839-1881)

Pictures at an Exhibition
(Edition Vladimir Horowitz)
1 Promenade  1:31
2 Gnomus  2:29
3 Promenade  0:50
4 Il vecchio castello  3:40
5. Promenade  0:30
6 Les Tuileries  1:02
7 Bydlo  2:41
8 Promenade  0:36
9 Ballet des Poussins dans leur coque  1:18
10 Samuel" Goldenberg und Schmuÿle  2:12
11 Limoges, le marché  1:22
12 Catacombae (Sepulchrum romanum)  1:15
13 Con mortuis in lingua mortua  2:23
14 La Cabane sur des pattes de poule  3:24
15 La Grande Porte de Kiev   4:11
Recorded November 7 & December 22, 1947

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Alexander Scriabin
(1872-1915)

16 Etude in C-sharp, op. 2 n° 1  2:48
17 Prelude in D, op. 11 n° 5  1:40
18 Prelude in G-Sharp Minor, op. 22 n° 1  1:51
Recorded May 14, 1956

Vladimir Horowitz
(1903-1989)

19 Danse excentique  2:24
Recorded March 4, 1930

Alexander Scriabin
(1872-1915)

20 Piano Sonata n° 9, op. 68 "Black Mass"  6:29
Recorded February 25, 1953, Carnegie Hall (in Concert)

Piotr Tchaikovsky
(1870-1893)

21 Dumka, op. 59  8:15
Recorded August 27 & September 29, 1942

Bizet-Horowitz

22 Variations on a Theme from "Carmen" 3:29
Recorded April 2, 1928

Sergueï Prokofiev
(1891-1953)

23 Piano Sonata, n° 7, op. 83 - III. Precipitato  3:23

Sergueï Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

24 Humoresque, op. 10, n° 5  3:13
25 Barcarolle, op. 10, n° 3  3:57
Recorded in April 1979 (Concert)

Claude Debussy
(1862-1918)

26 Sérénade à la Poupée  3:05
(From Chidren's Corner, n° 3)

Souza-Horowitz

27 The Stars and Stripes Forever  3:58
Recorded December 29, 1950

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Vladimir Horowitz - p

5 comments:

L.O.L. said...

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theblueamos said...

thank you very much for both exelente horowitz albums,all the best from jerusalem

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