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Feb 03


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November 24, 1968: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York

Haydn: Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:48
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16

Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op.32 No.12
Rachmaninoff: Moment Musical No.3 in B minor, Op.16 No.3
Rachmaninoff: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36 (Edited by Horowitz)*

Encores:
Debussy: Serenade for the Doll
Liszt: Au bord d’une source
Chopin: Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op.64 No.2
Moszkowski: Etude in F major, Op.72 No.6

* Horowitz broke a string in the second movement of the Rachmaninoff Sonata in this concert. The string was quickly removed by the technician, and Horowitz started again a few bars earlier from where he was interrupted.

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Feb 03


YouTube Added: May 24, 2013

Complete Horowitz’s recital in Carnegie Hall on March 5, 1951. (Previously unreleased)

Programme:

1. Schumann – Grand Sonata No. 3, Op. 14 (3rd mvmt ONLY)
– III Quasi Variazioni: Andantino de Clara Wieck [0:00]
2. Mozart – Sonata in B-Flat K. 333
– I Allegro [7:30]
– II Andante [14:46]
– III Allegretto grazioso [20:06]
3. Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 83
– I Allegro inquieto [26:05]
– II Andante caloroso [34:32]
– III Precipitato [40:45]
4. Chopin – Mazurka Op. 24, No. 4 [44:42]
5. Chopin – Polonaise in C-sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 1 [49:35]
6. Chopin – Polonaise ‘Military’ in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1 [56:43]
7. Chopin – Etude in E-Flat Minor, Op. 10, No. 6 [1:01:16]
8. Chopin – Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 10, No. 4 [1:05:05]
9. Chopin – Grande Valse Brillante in A Minor, Op. 34, No. 2 [1:07:35]
10. Liszt – Valse Oubliée No. 1 [1:13:22]
11. Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 [1:16:47]
12. Scarlatti – Sonata in A Major, K. 322, L. 483 [1:23:50]
13. Mendelssohn/Bartholdy – Song without words No. 25 ‘May Breezes’ Op. 62 No. 6[1:26:00]
14. Scriabin – Etude Op. 2, No. 1 [1:29:00]
15. Moszkowski – Etincelles Op. 36, No. 6 [1:32:10]

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Feb 02


YouTube Added: Sep 4, 2012

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Best quality possible for an 1985 film. The Last Romantic is a documentary filmed within the home of concert pianist Vladimir Horowitz. The film contains mainly performances of classical works, but also provides an intimate look into Horowitz’s private life.

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Feb 01

Mozart Piano Concerto No 23 A major K 488 Maurizio Pollini, Karl Bohm

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Vladimir Horowitz. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto №23

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Feb 01


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Soloist – Mikhail Pletnev
Moskow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor – Vladimir Fedoseyev
Recorded live at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, 1991

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Feb 01


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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
Elisabeth Leonskaja (pf)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Kurt Masur

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Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 in E minor op.27
00:00 1. Largo – Allegro moderato
18:02 2. Allegro molto
27:39 3. Adagio
41:59 4.Allegro vivace

Vladimir Ashkenazy
Concertgebouw Orchestra
Recording:September 1981,Amsterdam

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Jan 27

Piano concerto No. 5 starts at 0:32:43 into the video.



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Jan 27


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Vladimir Horowitz plays Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3

Vladimir Horowitz, Pianist / New York Philharmonic Orchestra / Zubin Mehta, Conductor

Live at Avery Fisher Hall, New York, 24.9.1978

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Jan 27


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Pianist: Julius Katchen

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti

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Powerful recording from 1958. This recording is a miracle.

Yes, this recording is a miracle, but part 3 is missing and I’ve already complained about this to the uploader.



Sergei Rachmaninoff plays his piano concerto No. 2


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Pianist Jorge Bolet and conductor Paavo Berglund with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with a performance of the Rachmaninov 2nd Concerto.

This is the culmination of the Masterclass given by Mr Bolet for this Concerto.

The venue was the Usher Hall Edinburgh Scotland and the year was 1986

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Jan 27


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00:00 1.- Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; Im Legenden-Ton
12:06 2.- Mäßig. Durchaus energisch
20:00 3.- Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten.

Piano: Maurizio Pollini

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Jan 27


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Mstislav Rostropovich; Herbert Von Karajan: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, 1969
Dvorák: Cello Concerto In B Minor, Op. 104, B 191

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Jun 26

SPIEGEL Interview with Daniel Barenboim: ‘The Germans Are Prisoners of Their Past’ (Der Spiegel, June 22, 2012):

World-famous Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim is noted for his strong views on the Middle East peace process and for performing Wagner’s music in Israel. In a SPIEGEL interview, he explains why the Israeli antipathy toward Wagner is grotesque and argues that Israel shouldn’t depend too much on Germany and the US for support.

Part 1: ‘The Germans Are Prisoners of Their Past’

SPIEGEL: Mr. Barenboim, why are you fighting to perform the music of Richard Wagner in Israel? No other composer is as hated there as this anti-Semitic German composer.

Barenboim: It saddens me that official Israel so doggedly refuses to allow Wagner to be performed — as was the case, once again, at the University of Tel Aviv two weeks ago — because I see it as a symptom of a disease. The words I’m about to use are harsh, but I choose them deliberately: There is a politicization of the remembrance of the Holocaust in Israel, and that’s terrible.

SPIEGEL: Please explain what you mean.

Barenboim: When I came to Israel from Argentina in 1952, as a 10-year-old, no one talked about the Holocaust. The catastrophe was still much too close for the survivors, and young Israelis wanted to create a new Judaism. They wanted to show that Jews were not only able to be artists and bankers, but could also pursue farming and sports. They looked forward and didn’t want to talk about the suffering of their parents.

SPIEGEL: When did that change? Continue reading »

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Mar 25

Your (healthy) heart is ‘dancing’ waltz every moment of your life.



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Waltz dancing in patients with chronic heart failure: new form of exercise training (PubMed – NCBI):

CONCLUSIONS:

In patients with stable chronic heart failure, waltz dancing is safe and able to improve functional capacity and endothelium-dependent dilation similar to traditional aerobic exercise training. Waltz dancing may be considered in clinical practice in combination with aerobic exercise training or as an alternative to it.

Dancing waltz can help your heart, new study finds (Rapid Citry Journal, March 18, 2012):

Dr. Romualdo Belardinelli, study author and director of cardiac rehabilitation at Lancisi Heart Institute in Ancona, Italy, presented results of a new study that finds that dancing the waltz can help your heart at an American Heart Association meeting in Chicago.

He studied 110 patients with stable congestive heart failure with a mean age of 59. Forty-four subjects were randomly selected to participate in “waltz training” three times per week for eight weeks.

The waltz was selected because it is known internationally, plus the same research team previously found that waltzing helped heart patients regain strength.

Forty-four subjects performed traditional treadmill and cycle exercises, and another group of 22 served as controls.

Results revealed that both the waltzers and standard cardiac exercise group showed improvements in cardiopulmonary function.

However, the waltz group scored better than the standard group on functional and quality-of-life measures as assessed by the Minnesota Heart Failure Living questionnaire.

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Mar 25

Your (healthy) heart is ‘dancing’ waltz every moment of your life.



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Waltz dancing in patients with chronic heart failure: new form of exercise training (PubMed – NCBI):

CONCLUSIONS:

In patients with stable chronic heart failure, waltz dancing is safe and able to improve functional capacity and endothelium-dependent dilation similar to traditional aerobic exercise training. Waltz dancing may be considered in clinical practice in combination with aerobic exercise training or as an alternative to it.

Dancing waltz can help your heart, new study finds (Rapid Citry Journal, March 18, 2012):

Dr. Romualdo Belardinelli, study author and director of cardiac rehabilitation at Lancisi Heart Institute in Ancona, Italy, presented results of a new study that finds that dancing the waltz can help your heart at an American Heart Association meeting in Chicago.

He studied 110 patients with stable congestive heart failure with a mean age of 59. Forty-four subjects were randomly selected to participate in “waltz training” three times per week for eight weeks.

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Oct 01

UK expert reconstructs “missing” Beethoven movement which gets its first performance in more than 200 years.



Lost Beethoven classic played for first time in 200 years (Telegraph, Sep. 29, 2011):

A movement from a Beethoven composition for a string quartet which was discarded by the composer and replaced by a new version has been reconstructed by a musical expert in Manchester.

The piece got its first ever public performance in more than 200 years, possibly ever, at Manchester University.

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