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Vladimir Horowitz

Renowned among the greatest pianists of all time, Vladimir Horowitz was born on October 1, 1903, in the Ukraine. Despite receiving his first piano lessons from his mother, Sophie, at the age of five, he initially indicated little interest in performing, instead focusing his energies on composing; in 1912, however, he began studying at the Kiev Conservatory under professors Sergei Tarnovsky and Felix Blumenfeld, later performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 at his 1919 graduation. Horowitz made his solo debut recital in 1920 and within two years was regularly performing throughout Russia; during the 1924-1925 season, he gave some 70 concerts -- 23 in Leningrad alone -- all to capacity audiences. In the autumn of 1925, Horowitz left Russia to perform in Berlin and Hamburg; while in Paris, American concert manager Arthur Judson proposed a tour of the U.S. He accepted the offer, which allowed an escape from the revolution; however, he never saw his family again.

In 1928, Horowitz made his American debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic under Sir Thomas Beecham; later that year he reprised Piano Concerto No. 3 for Rachmaninov himself, and the two great pianists became close friends, with Horowitz making the first of his three recordings of the piece in 1930. In 1932, he performed for the first time with conductor Arturo Toscanini at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic. They too enjoyed a warm relationship, frequently collaborating in the years to come; in December 1933, Horowitz even married Toscanini's daughter Wanda. Settling in New York in 1940, Horowitz was soon granted his American citizenship, and during World War II he headlined a number of benefit performances that generated millions of dollars for the war bond effort. At the same time, he also performed at the American premieres of Prokofiev's Sonatas Nos. 6, 7, and 8, and served as a vocal champion of the music of Samuel Barber and Dmitri Kabalevsky.

In 1953, Horowitz announced his retirement from concert performance; he continued recording, however, signing an exclusive contract with CBS Masterworks in 1962. Finally, in 1965, he agreed to come back to the stage, delivering his "Historic Return" concert. In 1968, he also agreed to a one-hour concert televised on CBS. On the golden anniversary of his American debut, Horowitz gave his first concerto performance in a quarter century, again returning to Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, now under Eugene Ormandy. In 1982 he gave his first recital in London in over three decades at the request of Prince Charles, and in 1986 he returned to Russia for the first time in 60 years, giving concerts in Moscow and Leningrad. The winner of 15 Grammy awards, Horowitz died of a heart attack on November 5, 1989; his body was buried in the Toscanini family tomb at the Cimitario Monumentale in Milan, Italy. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Disc 1
Composer: Ferruccio Busoni
Title: Toccatas, Transcriptions (2) For Piano In D Minor & C Major (Bwv 564/565; Bbga 7/3), Kiv B29
Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
Title: Sonata For Keyboard In G Major, K. 55 (L. 335)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Piano Sonata No. 11 In A Major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i)
Composer: Franz Josef Haydn
Title: Keyboard Sonata In F Major, H. 16/23
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Variations (32) On An Original Theme For Piano In C Minor, Woo 80
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Barcarolle For Piano In F Sharp Major, Op. 60, Ct. 6
Title: Nocturne For Piano No. 15 In F Minor, Op. 55/1, Ct. 122 (*Do Not Use*)
Title: Ballade For Piano No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 23, Ct. 2
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Title: Etude For Piano In A Minor, Op. 104b/3
Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Dichterliebe, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, Op. 48
Title: Blumenstück For Piano In D Flat Major, Op. 19
Disc 2
Composer: Franz Liszt
Title: Au Bord D'une Source (II & III), For Piano (Années I/4), S. 160/4 & S. 160/4bis (Lw A159/4)
Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
Title: Prelude For Piano No.16 In G Major, Op. 32/5
Title: Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op.36
Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: L'isle Joyeuse, For Piano, L. 106
Composer: Alexander Scriabin
Title: Piano Sonata No. 10 In C Major ("Trill"), Op. 70
Composer: Moritz Moszkowski
Title: éTincelles, For Piano, Op. 36/6
Composer: Vladimir Horowitz
Title: Variations On A Theme From Bizet's "Carmen", For Piano
Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
Title: Toccata For Piano In D Minor, Op. 11
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Title: Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor, Op. 23
Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Title: Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Piano
Composer: Franz Liszt
Title: Hungarian Rhapsody, For Piano No. 2 (The "Original" No. 2) In C Sharp Minor (I & II), S. 244/2 (Lw A132/2)
Composer: Vladimir Horowitz
Title: Piano Transcription Of Sousa's "Stars And Stripes Forever"
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Composer: Ferruccio Busoni
Title: Nun Komm' Der Heiden Heiland, Transcription For Piano (after J. S. Bach, BWV 659; Ten Chorale Preludes No. 3), KiV B27/3
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330 (K. 300h)
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Mazurka For Piano No. 13 In A Minor, Op. 17/4, Ct. 63
Title: Scherzo For Piano No. 1 In B Minor, Op. 20, Ct. 197
Composer: Franz Schubert
Title: Impromptus (4) For Piano, D. 899 (Op. 90)
Composer: Franz Liszt
Title: Consolation, For Piano No. 3 In D Flat Major "Lento Placido", S. 172/3 (Lw A111a/2/2)
Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Noveletten (8), For Piano, Op. 21
Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
Title: Prelude For Piano No.23 In G Sharp Minor, Op. 32/12
Composer: Alexander Scriabin
Title: Etude For Piano In C Sharp Minor, Op. 2/1
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
Composer: Moritz Moszkowski
Title: Études De Virtuosité (15), For Piano ("Per Aspera Ad Astra"), Op. 72
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Title: Toccata For Piano In C Major, Op. 7
Title: Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15
Title: Kreisleriana, 8 fantasies for piano, Op. 16
Title: Arabeske For Piano In C Major, Op. 18
Title: Blumenstück For Piano In D Flat Major, Op. 19
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Title: Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major ("The Poem of Ecstasy"), Op. 53
Title: Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 11
Title: Preludes (5) For Piano, Op. 15
Title: Preludes (5) For Piano, Op. 16
Title: Preludes (6) For Piano, Op. 13
Title: Preludes (5) For Piano, Op. 16
Title: Preludes (2) For Piano, Op. 27
Title: Pieces (4) For Piano, Op. 51
Title: Preludes (4) For Piano, Op. 48
Title: Preludes (2) For Piano, Op. 67
Title: Pieces (2) For Piano, Op. 59
Title: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'âme"), Op. 23
Title: Etude for piano in B flat minor, Op. 8/7
Title: Etude for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 42/5
Title: Etude for piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8/12
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Disc 1
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Kinderszenen No. 1 ("Von Fremden Ländern Und Menschen"), For Piano, Op. 15/1
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Piano Sonata No. 11 In A Major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i)
Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: Serenade For The Doll, For Piano (Children's Corner No. 3), L. 113/3
Composer: Franz Liszt
Title: Hungarian Rhapsody, For Piano No. 15 In A Minor (Rákóczi-Marsch III), S. 244/15 (LW A132/15)
Composer: Vladimir Horowitz
Title: Variations On A Theme From Bizet's "Carmen", For Piano
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Title: Song Without Words For Piano No. 30 In A Major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6
Composer: Franz Liszt
Title: Valse Oubliée, For Piano No. 1, S. 215/1 (Lw A311/1)
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: Danse Macabre, Symphonic Poem In G Minor, Op. 40
Composer: Moritz Moszkowski
Title: éTincelles, For Piano, Op. 36/6
Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
Title: Prelude For Piano No.6 In G Minor, Op. 23/5
Composer: Franz Liszt
Title: Consolation, For Piano No. 3 In D Flat Major "Lento Placido", S. 172/3 (Lw A111a/2/2)
Composer: Muzio Clementi
Title: Piano Sonata In A Major, Op. 33/1
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Title: Scherzo A Capriccio, For Piano In F Sharp Minor
Composer: Moritz Moszkowski
Title: Etude For Piano In A Flat Major, Op. 72/11
Composer: John Philip Sousa
Title: The Stars And Stripes Forever, March For Band
Disc 2
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Ballade For Piano No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 23, Ct. 2
Title: Mazurka For Piano No. 25 In B Minor, Op. 33/4, CT. 75
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Piano Sonata No. 8 In C Minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13
Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Kinderszenen No. 1 ("Von Fremden Ländern Und Menschen"), For Piano, Op. 15/1
Composer: Franz Liszt
Title: Consolation, For Piano No. 2 In E Major "Un Poco Più Mosso", S. 172/2 (LW A111a/2/2)
Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
Title: Sonata For Keyboard In D Major, K. 491 (L. 164)
Composer: Alexander Scriabin
Title: Etude For Piano In C Sharp Minor, Op. 2/1
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Prelude For Piano No. 15 In D Flat Major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Piano Sonata No. 14 In C Sharp Minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2
Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Arabeske For Piano In C Major, Op. 18
Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
Title: Sonata For Keyboard In G Major, K. 146 (L. 349)
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Nocturne For Piano No. 19 In E Minor, Op. 72/1, Ct. 126
Composer: Alexander Scriabin
Title: Etude for piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8/12
Composer: Richard Wagner
Title: Tristan Und Isolde, Opera, Wwv 90
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Etude For Piano No. 5 In G Flat Major, Op. 10/5, CT. 18

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