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Along with the extramusical significance of the aged Horowitz's return to his erstwhile homeland, there's plenty here for seekers of the essential Horowitz. Perhaps his finest Mozart recording, the C-major Sonata, gets a forward-moving reading distinguished by an Andante Cantabile movement that sings the music with the tonal splendor and command of line characteristic of the beloved bel canto singers of the past whom Horowitz looked to as musical models. The program's remainder is as formidable, and only a curmudgeon could fail to smile with delight at a favorite Horowitz encore, Rachmaninoff's Polka de W.R. --Dan Davis

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  1. D. Scarlatti: Sonata in E, K.380 - Andante commodo 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Mozart: Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330 - 1. Allegro moderato 6:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Mozart: Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330 - 2. Andante cantabile 5:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Mozart: Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330 - 3. Allegretto 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Rachmaninov: Prelude in G, Op.32, No.5 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Rachmaninov: Prélude In G Sharp Minor, Op.32, No.12 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Scriabin: 3 Pieces For Piano, Op.2 - 1. Etude In C Sharp Minor 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Scriabin: 12 Etudes For Piano, Op.8 - No. 12 In D Sharp Minor 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Liszt: Soirées de Vienne: 9 Valses-Caprices After Schubert 6:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Liszt: Années de pèlerinage: 2ème année: Italie, S.161 - 5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca 5:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Chopin: Mazurka No.21 In C Sharp Minor Op.30 No.4 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
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13. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 7. Träumerei 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Moszkowski: Étincelles, Morceau caractéristique op.36, no.6 - Allegro scherzando 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Rachmaninov: Polka de V. R. - Allegretto 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G7Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Joanna D. #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are famous historical events in music that resonate down through the centuries; the debut of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the premier performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring that resulted in a riot in Paris. The return of Russian-born Vladimir Horowitz to Moscow on Sunday, April 20, 1986 was such an event. After 60 years, one of the world's greatest pianists returned to play for his former homeland. It was big news. It still is.
This cd is a recording of the live event, and opens with the Scarlatti E Major Sonata. Horowitz championed the music of Scarlatti and played it as no one else ever had, so this is a wonderful piece to begin with. But it's the Scriabin that I come back for, time and again, to listen to this CD. There are two etudes on this album (Op. 2#1 and Op. 8 #12.) All the romance, transient dissonance, moodiness and melodic richness of Scriabin are here, played by a pianist whose sound is like no one else's. Even if you aren't an afficionado of music history, this is an important CD as it is a live performance and has a really good representative selection of the Horowitz type of repertoire, from Rachmaninoff, Scriabin to Scarlatti, Liszt, Schumann (another Horowitz speciality) and even a Moszkowski showpiece. This is piano history at its pinnacle.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Anton Zimmerling VINE VOICE on January 2, 2009
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I decided to add my post and describe my impressions, since I was there at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and listened to Horowitz on April 20, 1986. I could not imagine that after some 20 years I would write these lines on the
May I at once say that there has never been a cult of Horowitz in this country. Our own cult figures, Richter and Gilels, were very critical of him, and our piano teachers advised against imitating Horowitz and blamed his taste. Local pianophils had other models in mind - either Russian (Rachmaninov, Sofronitsky etc) or German (Schnabel, Gieseking, Backhaus etc). Local collectionists had Horowitz LPs, but few opinions concerning them were shared: only Horowitz' Scarlatti and Clementi were generally welcome. But at the time of his concert all that was forgotten and everyone was electricised: the chance to see a legend and a former compatriot was enticing. I remember how difficult it was to get through the crowd and pass through the guards. The hall was overcrowded, people sitting in all the aisles.
The recital started with a big delay: some overfree figures (sound engineers) trying the piano and testing the equipment were on the scene. Finally, they disappeared and Horowitz came to light. From the first beat it became clear that his approach to music was different from what we had heard on most of his CDs: the phrasing was convincing, the playing more inward and the pianist was cherishing each note as a treasure. The program was thought-of cleverly. He started with Scarlatti and Mozart KV 330 - both were fine, but Rachmaninov and Scriabin, especially the latter, were a real deal: after such ravishing performances he could play virtually everything and get a stormy applause. Certainly, Chopin's Mazurkas were excellent, too.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Hank Drake VINE VOICE on November 10, 2005
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Vladimir Horowitz's April 20, 1986 Moscow recital has become so legendary that further comment seems superfluous.

To say that this concert was an emotional experience is understatement. A lesser pianist might have wilted under the pressure, and many expected Horowitz would cancel. (He nearly did, after learning Vladimir Feltsman's piano had been vandalized following a concert at the American embassy. It took a phone call from President Reagan to persuade him to continue with the trip.)

At 82, Horowitz seems ecstatically inspired here. He is in finer form here than he was in his 1985 recitals, where he occasionally sounded rusty. In the more bravura pieces, he uses a full dynamic range, which he mostly avoided at this time. Some of the performances, particularly the Liszt Sonetto, recall the fiery Horowitz of the 1940s. Yet, there is a balance and inner warmth that was largely missing in his earlier years. Certainly, the young Horowitz would not have delivered the sprightly, bouncy Scarlatti Sonata (superior to performances from 1951 and 1968), or the charming Mozart Sonata (far preferable to the drab version taped in his living room one year earlier). But it's with the Russian repertoire that Horowitz hits his stride, from Rachmaninoff's sunny G major Prelude to Scriabin's stormy D-sharp minor Etude - - where the bass notes ring as resoundingly as the bells of the Kremlin. The Chopin Mazurkas are offered with the bewitching melancholy that caused a German critic to rave over Horowitz ("Piano Culture Reawakened", read the 1926 headline). If the sparks of Moszkowski's Etincelles don't flicker as incandescently as they did in earlier days, Schumann's Traumerei sings with a new and heartfelt simplicity.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mauro Guzzo Decca on June 6, 2006
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Upon hearing this record for the first time, I had to pinch myself to make sure I was actually listening to such an amazing, if not perfect display of talent and beauty. After having listened to it over and over again along the years, maybe more than 1000 times, I still find it hard to believe that the guy was even a human being. The only fair review for such a record would be a wordless one: nothing I can write or say would do justice to the rich, almost infinte world of emotions, thoughts and colors he's able to convey through his playing. 20 stars. ;-)
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