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VLADIMIR HOROWITZ RECITALS and DOCUMENTARIES



The Horowitz recitals and documentaries found on this page offer a deeper look into the man and musician that we are usually afforded in these pages.  It is one thing to listen to a pianist play a piece, or even a number of different pieces.  It is another to hear them played in the context of his vision of what he would like us to come away with after an evening's program of his playing.  To be able to hear and see him speak about himself and his music takes us to realms we seldom have the opportunity to visit.

You will see, from these The Horowitz recitals and documentaries, that there are specific works he returns to over and over.  it is doubtless a combination of the effect these works achieve in his concerts and the fact that the his audiences demanded them.  But in the ensemble, he does not stray far from a favorite handful of composers: Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, and a handful of works from each.

Earlier on he would include the occasional piece by other composers, Mendelssohn, Moskowski, Haydn, Debussy.  We have the luxury of hearing the complete Prokofiev seventh sonata from a 1951 Horowitz recital and two pieces by Fauré from 1977.

Only the most intensely interested Horowitz scholars will want to hear all of these Horowitz recitals, but it is interesting to pick one from each available decade to get a sense of the evolution in his thinking and playing.



Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall

Schumann  Grand Sonata 3, Op 14
iii Quasi Variazioni: Andantino de Clara Wieck

Mozart  Piano Sonata 13 in B♭ major, K 333
7:30 i Allegro - 14:46 ii Andante - 20:06 iii Allegretto grazioso

Prokofiev  Piano Sonata 7, Op 83
26:05 i Allegro inquieto - 34:32 ii Andante caloroso - 40:45 iii Precipitato

44:42 Chopin  Mazurka 17 in B minor, Op 24~4
49:35 Chopin  Polonaise 1 in C minor, Op 26~1
56:43 Chopin  Polonaise 3 in A major, Op. 40~1 'Military'
1:01:16 Chopin  Etude in E minor, Op 10~6
1:05:05 Chopin - Etude in C minor, Op 10~4
1:07:35 Chopin  Grande Valse Brillante in A minor, Op 34~2

1:13:22 Liszt  Valse Oubliée 1
1:16:47 Liszt  Hungarian Rhapsody 6
1:23:50 Scarlatti  Sonata in A Major, K 322 (L 483)
1:26:00 Mendelssohn  Song without words 25 'May Breezes' Op 62~6
1:29:00 Scriabin  Etude, Op. 2~1
1:32:10 Moszkowski  'Etincelles', Op 36~6

1951




Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall

Schubert  Piano Sonata  in B major, D 960
i Molto Moderato - 13:00 ii Andante Sostenuto
21:30 iii Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza. Trio - 25:25 iv
Allegro ma non troppo

32:27 Chopin  Nocturne 19 in E minor, Op 72~1
36:30
Chopin  Scherzo 1 in B minor, Op 20
44:10 Scriabin  Piano Sonata 9, Op 68 'Black Mass'
50:45 Scriabin  Etude in B-flat minor, Op 8~11
54:17 Scriabin  Etude in C minor, Op 42~5
57:25 Liszt  Hungarian Rhapsody 2
1:06:30 Debussy  Serenade of the Doll
1:09:10
Chopin  Waltz 3 in A minor, Op 34~2
1:14:15
Prokofiev  iii Precipitato from Piano Sonata 7, Op 83

1953




Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall

Haydn  Piano Sonata in F major, Hob. XVI:23
i Allegro - 4:35 ii Adagio - 10:20 iii Finale: Presto

13:58 Chopin  Nocturne 19 in E minor, Op 72~1
18:47 Chopin  Mazurka in B minor, Op 33~4
23:22
Debussy  L'isle joyeuse

Mozart  Piano Sonata 11 in A major, K 331
29:20 i Tema. Andante grazioso e variazioni - 36:40 ii Menuetto, Trio - iii 42:55 Rondo Alla turca (Allegretto)

47:03 Schumann  Blumenstück in D major, Op 19
54:36 Scriabin  Piano Sonata 10 in C major, Op 70
1:06:50 Liszt  La Valee d'Obermann (6 from 'Annee de Pelerinage Première année: Suisse')

1966




Horowitz Recital in Brooklyn
Withman Auditorium at Brooklyn College

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 28 in A major, Op 101
i Allegretto ma non troppo - ii Vivace alla marcia - iii Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto - iv Allegretto ma non troppo risoluto

20:29 Chopin  Barcarolle in F♯ major, Op 60
29:18 Chopin  Nocturne 15 in F minor, Op 55~1
34:31 Chopin  Polonaise 5 in F minor, Op 44
45:08 Scarlatti  Sonata in A major, K 101 (L 494)
48:15 Scarlatti  Sonata in F♯ major, K 319 (L 35)
50:10 Scarlatti  Sonata in G, K. 260 (L. 124)
54:26 Scarlatti  Sonata in F minor, K 466 (L 118)
57:30 Scarlatti  Sonata in G major, K 55 (L 335)
59:50 Schumann  Arabesque in C major, Op 18
1:06:54 Rachmaninoff  Etude tableau in E♭ minor, Op 39~5
1:11:33 Rachmaninoff  Etude tableau in D major, Op 39~9
1:15:25 Schumann Träumerei, Op 15~7
1:18:13 Chopin  Mazurka in F minor, Op 7~3
1:20:40 Horowitz  Variations on a Gypsy Song from Bizet's Carmen

1967




Horowitz Television Concert from Carnegie Hall

00:54 Chopin  Ballade 1 in G minor, Op 23
10:12 Chopin  Nocturne 15 in F minor, Op 55~1
15:59 Chopin  Polonaise 5 in F minor, Op 44
26:41 Scarlatti  Sonatas in E major and G major
32:31 Schumann  Arabesque in C major, Op 18
40:19 Scriabin  Etude in D minor, Op 8~12
43:11 Schumann  Träumerei, Op 15~7
46:19 Horowitz  Variations on a Gypsy Song from Bizet's Carmen

1968




Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall

Haydn  Piano Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:48
Schumann  Kreisleriana, Op 16

Rachmaninoff  Prelude in G minor, Op 32~12
Rachmaninoff  Moment Musical in B minor, Op 16~3

Rachmaninoff  Piano Sonata 2 in B minor, Op 36
i Allegro agitato - ii non Allegro - iii L'istesso tempo. Allegro molto
(Edited by Horowitz)

ENCORES

Debussy  Serenade for the Doll
Liszt  Au bord d'une source
Chopin  Waltz in C minor, Op 64~2
Moszkowski  Etude in F major, Op 72~6

1968




Horowitz Recital in Toronto

Mozart  Piano Sonata 10 in C major, K 330
i Allegro moderato - ii Andante cantabile - iii Allegretto

Chopin  Piano Sonata 2 in B minor, Op 35
i Grave – Doppio movimento - ii Scherzo - iii Marche funèbre: Lento - iv Finale: Presto

Fauré  Nocturne 13 in B minor, Op 119
Fauré  Impromptu 5 in F minor, Op 102
Rachmaninoff  Prelude in G major, Op 32~5
Rachmaninoff  Moment Musical in E minor, Op 16~2
Scriabin  Prelude in C minor for the left hand alone, Op 9~1
Chopin  Mazurka in A minor, Op 17~4
Chopin  Polonaise in A major, Op 53

Encores:
Scarlatti  Sonata in A major, K 322 (L 483)
Schumann  Träumerei, Op 15~7
Horowitz  Variations on a Gypsy Song from Bizet's Carmen

1977




Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall

Chopin  Barcarolle in F major, Op 60
Chopin  Mazurka in C minor, Op 30~4
Chopin  Mazurka in A minor, Op.17~4
Chopin  Mazurka in B minor, Op.33~4

Chopin  Sonata 2 in B minor, Op 35
i Grave – Doppio movimento - ii Scherzo - iii Marche funèbre: Lento - iv Finale: Presto

Chopin  Polonaise-Fantaisie in A major, Op 61
Chopin  Nocturne 19 in E minor, Op 72~1
Chopin  Ballade 1 in G minor, Op 23

ENCORES

Schumann  Träumerei, Op 15~7
Moszkowski  Etincelles, Op 36~6
Chopin  Polonaise 6 in A major, Op 53

1978


 


Horowitz Recital at the White House

05:00 The Star Spangled Banner

07:12 Chopin  Piano Sonata in B minor, Op 35
i
Grave. Doppio movimento - ii Scherzo - iii Marche funèbre: Lento - iv Finale: Presto

33:05 Chopin  Waltz 3 in A minor, Op 34~2
39:27 Chopin  Waltz 7 in C minor, Op 64~2
43:33 Chopin  Polonaise 6 in A♭ major, Op 53

ENCORES

51:13 Schumann  Träumerei, Op 15~7
54:38 Rachmaninoff  Polka de W.R. in F major
59:10 Horowitz  Variations on a Gypsy Song from Bizet's Carmen

1978




Horowitz Recital in London

01:03 God Save The Queen

02:18 Scarlatti  Sonata in A major, K 127
05:10 Scarlatti  Sonata in F minor, K 466
08:48
Scarlatti  Sonata in F minor, K 184
10:52 Scarlatti  Sonata in A major, K 101
13:25 Scarlatti  Sonata in B minor, K 87
16:17 Scarlatti  Sonata in E major, K 135
19:03 Chopin  Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op 61
33:08 Chopin  Ballade 1 in G minor, Op 23
43:12 Horowitz talks about himself

INTERMISSION

1:03:40 Schumann  Kinderszenen, Op 15

Rachmaninoff  Piano Sonata 2 in B minor, Op 36
1:22:10 i Allegro agitato - 1:32:12 ii non Allegro - 1:38:21 iii L'istesso tempo. Allegro molto

ENCORES

1:46:15 Chopin  Waltz 9 in A♭ major, Op 69~1
1:49:57 Rachmaninoff  Polka de W.R. in F major
1:54:22 Scriabin  Etude in D minor, Op 8~12

1982




Horowitz Recital in Tokyo

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 28 in A major, Op 101
i Allegretto ma non troppo - ii Vivace alla marcia - iii Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto - iv Allegretto ma non troppo risoluto

25:00 Schumann  'Carnaval', Op 9

56:43 Interview

1:02:05 Chopin  Polonaise-Fantaisie in Amajor, Op 61
1:16:20 Chopin  Études, Op 10~8, Op 25~10 & 7
1:30:18 Chopin  Polonaise 6 in Amajor, Op 53

1983




Horowitz Recital in Vienna

01:19 Mozart  Rondo in D major, K 485

07:48 Mozart  Piano Sonata 13 in B major, K 333
i Allegro - ii Andante cantabile - iii Allegretto grazioso

32:11 Schubert  Impromptu in G major, D 899~3
39:27 Liszt-Schubert  Soirées de Vienne: Valse-Caprice 6

INTERMISSION

47:33 Schumann  Kinderszenen, Op 15
1:05:05 Chopin  Mazurka in B minor, Op 33~4
1:09:43 Chopin  Polonaise 6 in A♭ major, Op 53

ENCORES

1:17:38 Liszt  Consolation 3 in D♭ major
1:21:38 Schubert  Moment Musical in F minor, D 780~3
1:23:55 Moszkowski  'Etincelles', Op 36~6

1987




Horowitz in Hamburg - The Last Concert

Mozart  Rondo in D major, K 485

06:34 Mozart  Piano Sonata 13 in B major, K 333
i Allegro - ii Andante cantabile - iii Allegretto grazioso

31:10 Liszt-Schubert  Soirées de Vienne: Valse-Caprice 6
38:55
Schumann  Kinderszenen, Op 15

56:25 Chopin  Mazurka in B minor, Op 33~4
1:01:13 Chopin  Polonaise 6 in A♭ major, Op 53

ENCORES

1:08:46 Schubert  Moment Musical in F minor, D 780~3
1:11:02 Moszkowski  'Etincelles', Op 36~6

1987




Horowitz Cleveland Press Conference

1974




Horowitz Television Interview

1977




Vladimir Horowitz - A Reminiscence




Vladimir Horowitz - The Last Romantic

1985




Vladimir Horowitz in Paris - Interview

1985




Vladimir Horowitz in Amsterdam - Rehearsal and Interview

1986


Part I



Part II




Vladimir Horowitz - Documentary

1993


Part I



Part II



Part III



Part IV










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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