The Essential Vladimir Horowitz

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i)
>Debussy, Claude : Serenade for the doll, for piano (Children's Corner no 3), L. 113/3
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Horowitz, Vladimir : Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen"
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words
>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliees (4) for Piano, S 215
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40
>Moszkowski, Moritz : Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23
>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
>Clementi, Muzio : Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 33
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Scherzo a capriccio, for piano in F sharp minor
>Moszkowski, Moritz : Etude for piano in A flat major, Op. 72/11
>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 25 in B minor, Op. 33/4, CT. 75
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 491/L 164
>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Schumann, Robert : Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 146/L 349
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 5 in G flat major, Op. 10/5, CT. 18
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Notes & Reviews:

Russian-born Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) was one of the most acclaimed pianists of the modern age, a formidable virtuoso whose inimitable artistry and technique were rooted in the grand Romantic tradition. Horowitz's flamboyant personality and charisma only added to the mystique created by his performances. His long career, which began in the west with his departure from the Soviet Union in 1925, lasted right up to his death in New York in the fall of 1989. This 2-CD set is the first greatest hits collection to bring together Horowitz's recordings from Red Seal and Sony Classical catalogs.

Widely regarded as the greatest pianist of the twentieth century, by the time he died in 1989 the charismatic Vladimir Horowitz had been a legend for over six decades, his very name a symbol of pianistic virtuosity and excellence. An American of Ukrainian birth, his playing possessed a unique combination of power, ineffable grace and crystalline delicacy. This collection displays the full range of his genius, from his natural affinity with the Russian repertoire of Rachmaninov and Scriabin and the fullblown Romanticism of Chopin and Liszt to the purity of his performances of Scarlatti and Clementi.



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i) :: 3. Rondo alla turca
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Debussy, Claude : Serenade for the doll, for piano (Children's Corner no 3), L. 113/3
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1853

>Horowitz, Vladimir : Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen"
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 06/01/1842

>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1881

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1874

>Moszkowski, Moritz : Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849-1850

>Clementi, Muzio : Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 33
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Scherzo a capriccio, for piano in F sharp minor
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/29/1835

>Moszkowski, Moritz : Etude for piano in A flat major, Op. 72/11
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Mazurka for piano no 25 in B minor, Op. 33/4, CT. 75
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique" :: 2. Adagio cantabile
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849-1850

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 491/L 164
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1889

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight" :: [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Schumann, Robert : Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 146/L 349
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1829

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Liebestod
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 5 in G flat major, Op. 10/5, CT. 18
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832