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VLADIMIR HOROWITZ PLAYS CONCERTI



On this page, Horowitz plays concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. We have examples of the Rachmaninoff third concerto from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 70s; of the Tchaikovsky first from the 1930s, 40s and 50s; a titanic recording with Rodzinski from 1952 of the Beethoven "Emperor", and a wonderful glimpse of Horowitz, the pianist and the man, at the end of a glorious 50 plus year career as one of the world's leading pianists as he rehearses and performs the Mozart A major.

Though I do not think of Brahms when I think of Horowitz, the recordings from the 30s and 40s of the D minor and B♭ major concerti make me wish he had recorded and performed more of this great composer's works.

But the 1943 excerpt from the Rachmaninoff D minor under Rodzinski is Horowitz at his ferocious best.



Rachmaninoff  Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op 30
i Allegro ma non tanto
ii Intermezzo: Adagio
iii Finale: Alla breve
Albert Coates conducting the London Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1930




Rachmaninoff  Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op 30
cadenza and ending of i Allegro ma non tanto
Artur Rodzinski conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded live in 1943




Rachmaninoff  Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op 30
Fritz Reiner conducting the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1951




Rachmaninoff  Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op 30
Eugene Ormandy conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded live in 1978




Rachmaninoff  Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op 30
Zubin Mehta conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded live in 1978




Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto 1 in B minor, Op 23
(fragments)
Fritz Reiner conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra

recorded live in 1932


Part I



Part II




Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto 1 in B minor, Op 23
iii Allegro con fuoco
Nikolai Malko conducting the Denmark Radio Symphony Orchestra

recorded live in 1934




Tchaikovsky  Cadenza from Piano Concerto 1 in B minor, Op 23
1940 (with Barbirolli)
03:08 ➢ 1943 (with Toscanini)
06:03 ➢ 1948 (with Walter)
08:52 ➢ 1949 (with Steinberg)
11:54 ➢ 1952 (with Szell)




Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto 1 in B minor, Op 23
i Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito
ii Andantino semplice – Prestissimo
iii Allegro con fuoco
Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra

recorded live in 1943




Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto 1 in B minor, Op 23
i Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito
ii Andantino semplice – Prestissimo
iii Allegro con fuoco
William Steinberg conducting the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra

with Encores : Scarlatti - Moszkowsky - Schumann - Sousa

recorded live in 1949




Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto 1 in B minor, Op 23
George Szell conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded live in 1953




Brahms  Piano Concerto 1 in D minor, Op 15
Bruno Walter conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam

recorded live in 1935


ia Maestoso (beginning)



ib Maestoso (conclusion)



iia Adagio (beginning)

missing


iib Adagio (conclusion)



iii Rondo: Allegro non troppo




Brahms  Piano Concerto 1 in D minor, Op 15
iii
Rondo: Allegro non troppo
Arturo Toscanin conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra

recorded live in 1935




Brahms  Piano Concerto 2 in B major, Op 83
i Allegro non troppo
ii Allegro appassionato
iii Andante
iv Allegretto grazioso
Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra

recorded live in 1945




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 5 in E major, Op 73 "Emperor"
i Allegro
ii
Adagio un poco mosso
iii
Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
Fritz Reiner conducting the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra

recorded live in 1952




REHEARSAL

Mozart  Piano Concerto 23 in A major, K 488
i Allegro (cadenza by Busoni)
ii Adagio
iii Rondo: Allegro assai. Alla breve
Carlo Maria Giulini conducting the La Scala Orchestra

filmed in 1987










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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