Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Vladimir Horowitz - Solo Recordings (1928-1936)

Although Horowitz revealed talent at an early age, he was not considered a prodigy. He enrolled in the Kiev Conservatory in 1912, first studying with his mother's teacher, Vladimir Puchalsky, then Sergei Tarnowsky in 1915, and, finally, Felix Blumenfeld, a student of Anton Rubinstein, in 1919. Horowitz credited the last mentioned for his flat-fingered technique which resulted in a semi-staccato attack and produced a brilliant tone. Blumenfeld was to be Horowitz's last teacher, although he would have occasional lessons with Cortot in France. Throughout his conservatory years Horowitz usually practiced less than four hours a day, and this rather inefficiently, at least from a technical standpoint, preferring to play through operatic literature rather than work at the progressive lessons and exercises familiar to most pianists. From the beginning his intention had been to pursue a dual career as composer-pianist in the tradition of Liszt and Rachmaninoff. The Bolshevik takeover of Kiev in 1920, however, put an end to this plan, forcing him to concentrate on concerts as an efficient means to deriving an income. In the 1920's Horowitz gave 100 performances and earned a reputation as an explosive pianist capable of breaking piano strings with his thundering style.
During this period Horowitz met the famous German pianist Arthur Schnabel, who advised him to leave Russia, and shortly thereafter, in 1923, he found the means to do so through Alexander Merovich, his first manager. Horowitz's first European tour, as arranged by Merovich, included performances in Berlin and Paris ; neither city accepted him without reservation. The rising anti-Semitism in Germany discouraged a Jewish musician who, moreover, did not play German music and who played in a romantic, high-flown style unacceptable to the German ideals of precision and strict adherence to the score. The French were as unreceptive to Horowitz's programming as the Germans, again preferring to hear music of their own composers.
Horowitz's New York debut took place on January 12, 1928, at Carnegie Hall, with Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the New York Philharmonic in the Tchaikovsky piano concerto. Although the passion and agility of Horowitz's playing amazed critics, the performance as a whole suffered from irreconcilable differences in interpretation and tempo between conductor and soloist.
A meeting with Rachmaninoff a few days before his New York debut marked the beginning of a friendship that would continue until Rachmaninoff's death in 1943. Equally important was his introduction to Toscanini in April 1932. In addition to the many fruitful collaborations that would take place between the two, Horowitz became further acquainted with Toscanini's daughter, whom he married in 1933.
The sensational qualities of Horowitz's playing soon established him at the forefront of the American concert scene. He found it increasingly difficult, however, to mediate between the public's and his manager's demands for brilliant showpieces and the more solid musicality of those around him, especially his father-in-law and mentor, Toscanini. This, along with the daily grind of a hectic concert schedule, a nervous constitution, and other personal problems, necessitated three extended absences from the stage and, partially, from recording. These occurred during the years 1936-1939, 1953-1965, and 1969-1973. Horowitz also became less interested in performing outside the United States, where he acquired citizenship in 1945. Between the years 1939 and 1986 he made only one tour of Europe, playing three London concerts in October 1951 and two recitals in Paris the following month. In 1986 he began a tour with a return to the Soviet Union — his first visit since leaving there 60 years before — for performances in Moscow and Leningrad in April. He then continued on to Hamburg, Berlin, and London...
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Vladimir Horowitz
Solo Recordings


Cd. 1

Georges Bizet

1 Variations in a Theme from Carmen  3:32
(arr. Horowitz)

Frederic Chopin

2 Mazurka n° 21 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 30 n° 4  3:36

Domenico Scarlatti

3 Capriccio in E Major, L. 375  2:34
(arr. Tausig)

Claude Debussy

4 Serenade for the Doll  3:03
(from "Children's Corner")

Ernst von Dohnányi

5 Capriccio in F Minor
(Concert Etude in F Minor, Op. 28 n° 6)

Franz Liszt

6 Valse oubliée, n° 1 in F-Sharp Minor  2:15
7 Paganini Etude in E-Flat Major  3:07
(Etude d'après Paganini, n° 2 in E-flat, arr. Busoni)

Vladimir Horowitz

8 Danse excentrique  2:22

Sergei Rachmaninoff

9 Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 n° 5  3:14

Francis Poulenc

10 Pastourelle (L'Eventail de Jeanne, n° 8)  2:11
11 Toccata in C major (3 Pièces pour piano, n° 2)  1:51

Joseph Haydn

Sonata in E-Flat major, Hob. XVI:52
12 I. Allegro moderato  5:44
13 II. Adagio  4:52
14 III. Finale (Presto)  3:55

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov

15 The Flight of the Bumblebee  1:09
(arr. Sergei Rachmaninoff)

Igor Stravinsky

16 Russian Danse (from Petrushka)  2:15

Franz Liszt

Sonata in B minor, S. 178
17 Lento assai 0:34
18 Allegro energico  2:35
19 Grandiosio  6:21
20 Recitativo - Andante sostenuto - Quasio Adagio  7:42
21 Allegro energico - Andante sostenuto - Stretta quasi presto - Prestissimo  6:46
22 Andante sostenuto  0:56
23 Allegro moderato  0:54
24 Lento assai  0:36


Cd. 2

Robert Schumann

1 Presto passionato  5:30
(Appendix : Original Finale of Sonata n° 2, Op. 22)

Franz Liszt

2 Funérailles  9:08
(Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, n° 7)

Frederic Chopin

3 Mazurka in F minor, Op. 7 n° 3  2:21
4 Etude in F major, Op. 10 n° 8  2:20

Robert Schumann

5 Traumeswirren, Op. 12 n° 7  2:20

Frederic Chopin

6 Mazurka n° 27 in E Minor, Op. 41 n° 2  1:55

Ludwig van Beethoven

7 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80  9:26
[I. Theme (Alegretto) ; II. Variations 1-32]

Johann Sebastian Bach

8 Chorale Prelude : Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, BWV 734  1:58
(arr. Ferruccio Busoni)

Claude Debussy

9 Etude n° 11 (Pour les arpèges composés)  3:31

Robert Schumann

10 Arabeske, Op. 18  6:13
11 Toccata in C major, Op.7  4:42

Frederic Chopin

12 Etude in F major, Op. 25 n° 3  1:30
13 Mazurka in C-Sharp minor, Op. 50 n° 3  4:13
14 Etude in C-Sharp minor, Op. 10 n° 4  2:01
15 Etude in G-Flat major, Op. 10 n° 5  1:33
("Black Key Etude")

Domenico Scarlatti

16 Sonata in B minor, K.87  4:17
(L. 38, Andante Mosso)
17 Sonata in G major, K. 125  2:07
(L. 487, Presto)

Frederic Chopin

18 Scherzo n° 4 in E major, Op. 54  8:43


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Recorded in diverse locations ; between April 2, 1928 & March 9, 1936

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Michel said...

Great stuff! Thanks!!!

Luis said...

Merci beaucoup, Mel!

glinka21 said...

The sheer wealth of extraordinary Soviet pianists--many of whose albums never made it to the West, save for a few specialty stores (like Four Continents Bookstore in NYC)--was staggering. Horowitz was one of the very few lucky ones who got the good contracts, but once he buckled down and trained, he certainly deserved all the attention he received. And after that period in the 30s when he was (literally) convinced his hands were made of glass, he became an extremely sensitive artist, too.

Melanchthon, many thanks for your continued exploration of these Soviet musicians. You might want to check out the Appian Records catalog, which has done some exciting releases from this quarter, if you already haven't.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Bravo, fantastic. This goes with all the postings. There must be thousands of great recordings sitting in the Soviet archives and only God knows when they will see the light of the day.....Mr. Putin.

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renato said...

Amazing! Thank You.

Unknown said...

Would you reupload the files? It says the files are deleted. Thank you!

Otis Foster said...

Thanks melanchthon. Your cross-genre shares are a continuing source of delight.

Historicus said...

Hic est Rhodus, hic salta!

Melanchthon said...