What we really need now: unreleased Horowitz

The latest astonishing find from Slipped Disc trawler Mikhail Kaykov.

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    • This is from the following concert, recorded by the Carnegie Hall recording company. The original acetates are housed in Yale. Not available commercially:

      Private Recording: April 28, 1947: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Live)

      · Scarlatti: Sonata in D major, K.491
      · Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K.531
      · Scarlatti: Sonata in A major, K.322
      · Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K.46
      · Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K.87 (L.494)
      · Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, K.455
      · Beethoven: Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight)
      · Kabalevsky: Preludes, Op.38 Nos. 1, 10, 17, 3, 16, 8, 22, and 24

      · Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60
      · Chopin: Waltz in A minor, Op.34 No.2
      · Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23
      · Liszt: Valse Oubliée No.1
      · Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D-flat major

      Encores:
      · Debussy: Serenade for the Doll
      · Poulenc: Presto in B-flat major
      · Mendelssohn: Song without Words- May Breezes, Op.62 No.1
      · Liszt-Horowitz: Mendelssohn Wedding March Variations

  • Yes lets go back to archives since nothing will be happening in the immediate and perhaps foreseeable future.

  • I feel that his later recordings of all of these have more of his typical contrasts and variety of tone and texture which make more interesting performances, except for the last one here which is very similar to his later recording even down to the alteration of an awkward left-hand passage. I feel that what’s wrong here is that there’s singing where it’s inappropriate. Cziffra’s Scarlatti suffered from the same cause. In his later Scarlatti recordings, which I think are incomparable, Horowitz sang where the music called for it and articulated brilliantly in the places that here receive lush pedal.

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