Vladimir Horowitz

Vladimir Horowitz

Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz (October 1 [O.S. September 18] 1903 – November 5, 1989) was an American classical pianist and composer born in the Russian Empire. He was acclaimed for his virtuoso technique, his tone color, and the excitement engendered by his playing. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time.

In 1926, Horowitz performed on several piano rolls at the Welte-Mignon studios in Freiburg, Germany. His first recordings were made in the United States for the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1928. Horowitz's first European-produced recording, made in 1930 by His Master's Voice, RCA Victor's London based affiliate, was of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Albert Coates and the London Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere recording of that piece. Through 1936, Horowitz continued to make recordings in the UK for HMV of solo piano repertoire, including his famous 1932 account of Liszt's Sonata in B minor. Beginning in 1940, Horowitz's recording activity was again concentrated for RCA Victor in the US. That year, he recorded Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, and in 1941, the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, both with the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Toscanini. In 1959, RCA Victor issued the live 1943 performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto with Horowitz and Toscanini; it is generally considered superior to the 1941 studio recording, and it was selected for the Grammy Hall of Fame. During Horowitz's second retirement, which began in 1953, he made a series of recordings in his New York City townhouse, including LPs of Scriabin and Clementi. Horowitz's first stereo recording, made in 1959, was devoted to Beethoven piano sonatas.

In 1962, Horowitz embarked on a series of acclaimed recordings for Columbia Records. The most famous are his 1965 return concert at Carnegie Hall and a 1968 recording from his television special, Vladimir Horowitz: a Concert at Carnegie Hall, televised by CBS. Horowitz continued making studio recordings, including a 1969 recording of Schumann's Kreisleriana, which was awarded the Prix Mondial du Disque.

In 1975, Horowitz returned to RCA and made live recordings until 1983. He signed with Deutsche Grammophon in 1985, and made studio and live recordings until 1989, including his only recording of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23. Four documentary films featuring Horowitz were made during this period, including the telecast of his April 20, 1986 Moscow recital. His final recording, for Sony Classical (formerly Columbia), was completed four days before his death and consisted of repertoire he had never previously recorded.

All of Horowitz's recordings have been issued on compact disc, some several times. In the years following Horowitz's death, CDs were issued containing previously unreleased material. These included selections from Carnegie Hall recitals recorded privately for Horowitz from 1945 to 1951.

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Vladimir Horowitz

Vladimir Horowitz

Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz (October 1 [O.S. September 18] 1903 – November 5, 1989) was an American classical pianist and composer born in the Russian Empire. He was acclaimed for his virtuoso technique, his tone color, and the excitement engendered by his playing. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time.

In 1926, Horowitz performed on several piano rolls at the Welte-Mignon studios in Freiburg, Germany. H...

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Concert of 2 February 1948
Music by Haydn, Schubert, Scriabin, Kabalevsky, Chopin, Scarlatti, Moszkowski, Schumann, Liszt-Horowitz

Total duration:  79:52 (CD) & 92:59 (Download, includes encores)

Vladimir Horowitz, piano

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MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5, K.219 'Turkish'
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto in D

Studio and Live recordings, 1947
Total duration: 77:27

Vladimir Horowitz, piano
Jascha Heifetz,
violin
New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Efrem Kurtz

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Concert of 2 April 1948
Music by Beethoven, Schubert, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scarlatti, Mozart, Sousa


Total duration:  79:27 (CD) & 91:23 (Download, includes encores)

Vladimir Horowitz, piano

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TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1

Recorded in 1941
Duration 29:48

Vladimir Horowitz, piano
NBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Arturo Toscanini

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BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2

Recorded live in 1948
Duration 44:23

Vladimir Horowitz, piano
NBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Arturo Toscanini

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BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2

Recorded 1945
Total duration: 42:59

Vladimir Horowitz, piano
NBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Arturo Toscanini