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It's a pity that RCA didn't wait until 1978 to record Vladimir Horowitz' shattering Liszt Sonata, rather than issuing this live performance from 1976. Horowitz had just reacquired the work, and its demanding figurations clearly had not settled in all in way. Still, Liszt and Horowitz' heroic voices ring true. The pianist packs everything but the kitchen sink into Mephisto Waltz, adding Busoni's embellishments and a coda of his own devising. By contrast, the gentle Consolation soars with simplicity. For prime Horowitz, turn to his classic 1950 Funérailles, where his big vision and demonic flair prevent the music from becoming a mere octave etude. --Dan Davis

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listen  1. Sonata in B Minor30:01Album Only
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listen  4. Funérailles, No. 710:33Album Only
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  • Audio CD (June 8, 1993)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003FCV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As a write this review, this disc can be purchased for under 3$ under its other entry (Horowitz Plays Liszt). That's not much for one of the most controversial, but in my opinion one of the most extraordinary accounts of Liszt's Sonata ever committed to disc. It was in 1977, and Horowitz re-recorded that great work 44 years after his pioneering effort from 1933, a version still considered by some as a standard, and certainly one in its time. But I find that in his later version, Horowitz has considerably changed his view and added insights not even hinted at in the earlier recording.

Mind you, I am not a Horowitz groupie (I usually like his Schumann and Scriabin, his Schubert much less, and I have mixed feelings about his Chopin), and I when I returned to this disc (I have the original CD release from 1987), I certainly wasn't ready to genuflect jut because my God was playing. But it has me bowled over.

But be prepared: as the other reviews bear witness, controversial this new reading certainly is. If I heard it for the first time on a blind test, I'd immediately think of a Russian pianist, and one with a big and controversial personality - say, Lazar Berman, Feltsman, Pletnev, or Pogorelich (OK, not Russian, but Russian-trained). If I were to encapsulate Horowitz' approach in one word, it would be "theatrical". Under the hands of Horowitz, from the first bars on, the Sonata is not just a piece of music, it is a theatre play or an opera - and I bet Horowitz had Faust in mind, one of the composer's great influences (and I do think Faust is the Sonata's hidden agenda). The phrases develop as a story told, or rather, enacted.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Sullivan Jr. on November 14, 2001
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This is a very mixed bag. Only the "Funérailles" (1950) shows Horowitz in his prime; the rest of the selections date from 1977-81, a period when his technical control (and sometimes his taste) frequently deserted him. The huge sonorities in the Sonata are betrayed by clotted rhythms - the all important flow between titanic climax and cantabile is often ragged. Snatches of coherent narrative are punctuated by indulgent tonal noodlings. There's a really bad splice at 2:03 of the Sonata; after that he seems to gather his resources and achieves some stunning effects, mostly of the fff variety.
The Ballade is a slight improvement; the live acoustic has a powerful resonance (try the climaxes around the ninth minute). Horowitz confided that parallel scales were a weak point in his technique. So, his unison isn't perfect, but he is fearless in the ascending runs of the Ballade. The Mephisto Waltz concludes with an embarrassing pastiche of codas - the final chord may have been struck with Horowitz's elbow. The audience goes wild, of course. Horowitz's "Funérailles" is great pianism. From the stricken opening chords to the primal accelerando that takes hold of the left hand octaves, this is probably the finest rendition ever recorded.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By KNCE@aol.com Kevin Wilson on January 1, 1999
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For the Horowitz lover or the Liszt devotee, this CD presents two important recordings. First, from Horowitz's late period, is the Ballade No.2 (1981). None of his late recordings better displays his legendary dynamics, tone coloring and melodic lines than the beautiful pianism in the Ballade. Second, from the period shortly before his "retirement", comes his justly famous performance of the Funerailles (1950). The titanic, octave-pounding, super-bravura style of Anton Rubenstein demonstrates the immense "sound" and emotion that made the young Horowitz world famous. The rest of the disc offers lesser performances from his later years, during noticeable periods when his technical skills had declined temporarily. The best all- Liszt CD available is Jorge Bolet's recording, "Franz Liszt, Favorite Recordings" (London, 2CD set): superb throughout, unmatched in the over-all scope of the pianism.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Panthera Pardus on July 1, 2009
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I have for years seen reviewers treat this recording with less than its due, which has spurred me to write my own thoughts here. I have heard lauded recordings by Richter, Brendel, Pollini, Gilels and others - and in general have always found them lacking that diablerie, that sense of the dramatic and sense of the ecstatic that Horowitz brings here to this piece. From the first to the last, this is an absolutely riveting account. Decidedly, this is a performance where the dramatics of the piece are given full force, unabashedly are not reined in, but in the music of Liszt, this is a plus. Many Liszt performances fail to gel because they do not put all their dramatic passion into it. Horowitz performance melds his melting, singing tone with playing of such force that one is amazing the piano holds up. And that is how it should be - songful playing, and also amazingly dramatic, loud, forceful playing. One wit once said, of Liszt playing, "hit the piano with his fiszt." Horowitz's performance gives a hint as to what Liszt himself might have sounded like playing it; and Liszt surely would have approved any divergences for dramatic effect. Horowitz also does not coddle the bass side of the piano, the way so many do; only Arrau that I've heard also gives the lower range the full force necessary for the Sonata to have full effect.

The only other performance I've heard to match this one is the newly released live Horowitz recording from 1949.

All in all, a stunning recital. My only reservations are in the Mephisto Waltz, which sometimes seems not fully controlled, but I suspect some of that stems from my never having found the piano version as convincing as the orchestral.
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