This Wednesday’s artist is Vladimir Horowitz ( September 18th, 1903 - November 5th, 1989) who was a great pianist and composer from Russia, though he spent most of his life in the United States.
Every Wednesday of the week, Tunitemusic introduces a new artist and their works. These artists have been chosen regardless of their musical genre.
Horowitz is widely regarded as the greatest pianist of all time, he is known for his technical virtuosity and the excitement that he would creat by his piano playing. He is best known for his performances of the Romantic era piano pieces. His recording of Liszt Sonata in 1932 is considered to be the definitive reading of the piece.
During the Second World War, Horowitz championed contemporary Russian music by performing their American premieres. Prokoviev’s Piano Sonatas Nos. 6, 7 and 8 and Kabalevsky’s Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3, are among those pieces.
Horowitz’s versions of several Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies are among his best-appreciated works. According to himself, these pieces were the most difficult of his arrangements.
Vladimir Horowitz’s style of piano playing involved vast dynamic contrasts, a style that is believed to be established by Ludwig Van Beethoven first. But the social situation and also bigger and better pianos of Horowitz’s time made him able to express this contrasts more deeply and more effectively on the audience. His playing consisted lot’s of double fortissimos followed immediately by sudden soft pianissimos.
He was able to produce an extraordinary volume of sound on his piano, without making it a harsh tone. It means everybody can hammer their hands on the piano clavier, or push them softly, but to play them with the same volume and still keeping them interacted with each other in one piece, is not an easy thing to do. Hammering your fingers on the claviers while keeping it melodic and smooth, takes a lot of time to master, and not many people in the world can play it as Horowitz would do.
Horowitz elicited an exceptionally wide range of tonal color, and his taut, precise attack was noticeable even in his renditions of technically undemanding pieces such as the Chopin Mazurkas. He is known for his octave technique; he could play precise passages in octaves extraordinarily fast.
1982: Horowitz At the Met
1983: Horowitz in London
1985: Vladimir Horowitz – The Last Romantic
1986: The Studio Recordings, New York
1986: Horowitz in Moscow
1987: Horowitz Plays Mozart
1987: Horowitz Plays Liszt
1989: Horowitz At Home
1989: Horowitz Plays Rachmaninoff
1989: Horowitz Plays Clementi
1989: Horowitz Plays Scriabin
1989: Horowitz Plays Schumann
1989: Horowitz In Concert 1967–1968
1989: Mozart: Piano Sonatas
1990: Horowitz Plays Brahms & Beethoven
1990: Horowitz Plays Prokofiev, Barber & Kabalevsky Sonatas
1990: Horowitz Plays Beethoven Sonatas
1990: Horowitz Plays Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"
1990: Horowitz – The Last Recording
1990: Horowitz Plays Chopin, Vol. 1
1990: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition and Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1
1991: Horowitz The Poet
1991: Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
1991: Horowitz Plays Chopin, Vol. 2
1991: Schubert: Sonata in B-flat and Mozart: Sonata in F
1992: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
1992: Schumann: Kinderszenen, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy
1992: Discovered Treasures
1993: Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 3
1993: Horowitz Plays Chopin, Vol. 3
1993: Horowitz Plays Beethoven, Scarlatti, Chopin
1993: The Complete Masterworks Recordings, Vol. 1: The Studio Recordings 1962–1963
1993: The Complete Masterworks Recordings, Vol. 2: The Celebrated Scarlatti Recordings
1993: The Complete Masterworks Recordings, Vol. 3: The Historic Return
1993: The Complete Masterworks Recordings, Vol. 4: The Legendary 1968 TV Concert
1993: The Complete Masterworks Recordings, Vol. 5: A Baroque & Classical Recital
1993: The Complete Masterworks Recordings, Vol. 6: Beethoven
1993: The Complete Masterworks Recordings, Vol. 7: Early Romantics
1993: The Complete Masterworks Recordings, Vol. 8: The Romantic & Impressionist Era
1993: The Complete Masterworks Recordings, Vol. 9: Late Russian Romantics
1994: The Private Collection Vol. 1
1995: The Private Collection Vol. 2
1997: Vladimir Horowitz, Solo Recordings 1928–1936
1999: Beethoven Sonatas
2001: Chopin: Piano Music
2003: The Boston Recital
2003: Horowitz reDiscovered
2003: Horowitz Live and Unedited – The Historic 1965 Carnegie Hall Return Concert
2008: Horowitz in Hamburg – The Last Concert
2009: Vladimir Horowitz At Carnegie Hall – The Private Collection: Mussorgsky & Liszt
2009: Vladimir Horowitz At Carnegie Hall – The Private Collection: Schumann, Chopin, Liszt & Balakirev
2009: The Welte Mignon Mystery Vol. XI – Vladimir Horowitz today playing all his 1926 interpretations
2010: Vladimir Horowitz At Carnegie Hall – The Private Collection: Haydn & Beethoven
2010: Horowitz – The Legendary Berlin Concert