Monday, October 29, 2012

Vladimir Horowitz - Early RCA Solo Recordings (1928-1944)

The life story of Vladimir Horowitz is the story of work - hears of hard, disciplined work and constant study. For behind all the "wizardry" of his virtuoso performances, there lies a musicianship of the most uncompromising order. Horowitz was bor in Kiev, in 1904. His father was an engineer. His mother, a gifted pianist and graduate of the local local conservatory, was his first teacher. Later, he studied with Sergei Tarnovsky, and at fifteen, he was handed over to Felix Blumenfeld, the eminent musician and intimate of the famous "Five." His first public recital took place in his native city, and a year and a half later, the city of Kharkov witnessed his formal debut. The results, of course, were sensational - and with his first recital in Berlin, Horowitz burst upon the continental public like a meteor  On the occasion of his American debut, which took place on January 12, 1921, with the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra supporting him in the Tchaikovsky B-flat Minor Concerto, Horowitz set the musical world afire. That he has continued to do so for ever a quarter of a century is testimony to the greatness of his art.
From the booklet

Vladimir Horowitz
Early RCA Solo Recordings
(1928-1944)

Tracks

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

1 Mazurka in C-sharp Minor, Op. 30 n° 4  3:37

Claude Debussy
(1862-1918)

2 Serenade to the Doll  3:05
(Children's Corner, n° 3)

Vladimir Horowitz
(1904-1989)

3 Variations on a Theme from "Carmen"  3:30

Domenico Scarlatti
(1885-1757)

4 Capriccio in E  2:32
(Sonata K. 20/L.375)

Ernő Dohnányi
(1877-1960)

5 Capriccio in F Minor  2:14
(Concert Etude Op. 28 n° 6)

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

6 Valse oubliée n° 1  2:17

Vladimir Horowitz

7 Danse excentique  2:25

Franz Liszt

8 Etude n° 2 in E-flat  3:11
(after Paganini Caprice n° 17, arr. Busoni)

Piotr Illitch Tchaikovsky
(1840-1893)

9 Dumka, Op. 59  8:17

Camille Saint-Saëns
(1835-1921)

10 Danse macabre  8:12
(arr. Liszt & Horowitz)

Carl Czerny
(1791-1857)

Variations on a Theme by Rode
"La Ricordanza", Op. 33

11 Theme. Andante espressivo  1:27
12 Variation I. Stesso tempo  0:56
13 Variation II. Stesso tempo  1:06
14 Variation III. Vivace  0:42
15 Variation IV. Sostenuto  1:15
16 Variation V. Allegro vivace - Andante Tempo I  2:42  0:42

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Recorded at Victor Studio, Camden, New Jersey ; March 26, 128 [# 1 & 2] ; April 2, 1928 [# 3 & 4] ; December 4, 1928 [# 5] ; Lierderkranz Hall, New York City ; February 25, 1930 [# 6] ; March 4, 1930 [# 7 & 8] ; Hollywood Recording Studio, California ; August 27 & September 29, 1942 [# 9] ; September 10, 1942 [# 10] & December 23, 1944 [# 11-16]

1 comment:

Bradley Lehman said...

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