Vladimir Horowitz – Return To Chicago (2015) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Vladimir Horowitz – Return To Chicago (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:01:34 minutes | 1,99 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ Deutsche Grammophon

On 26 October 1986 Vladimir Horowitz gave his final recital in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. This is its world-premiere release on CD Deutsche Grammophon are privileged to be able to release one of his late concerts, from Chicago in 1986, where we hear him in his element, before a live audience.

Vladimir Horowitz. Even more than twenty-five years after his death, his name still conjures up magical imagery. An artist of extraordinary pianistic abilities, Horowitz came to define an era, when performing artists put their personal stamp on everything they did. And Horowitz did it like no one else, before or since.
This CD set is taken from one of those concerts, a recital from Orchestra Hall, Chicago, on October 26, 1986. Here we hear him in his element, before a live audience. We may not be able to attend a Horowitz recital anymore, but this is the next best thing – with a little imagination, we can become part of the audience ourselves, and it’s just thrilling.
Horowitz performed in Chicago thirty-seven times in all, including twenty-seven solo recitals, starting in the year 1928. He was very popular there, and that popularity caused him to give repeat performances four times in the 1960s and 1970s, in order to reach as many patrons as possible. By 1986, he’d come up with perhaps a better plan: a concert that would be broadcast, as a gift to the city of Chicago. This concert marks the final time Horowitz played in Chicago.

01 – Giuseppe Scarlatti: Sonata In E Major, Kk.380
02 – Giuseppe Scarlatti: Sonata In E Major, Kk.135
03 – W.A. Mozart: Adagio In B Minor, K.540
04 – W.A. Mozart: Rondo In D Major, K.485
05 – Mozart: Piano Sonata No.10 In C Major, K.330:1. Allegro moderato
06 – Mozart: Piano Sonata No.10 In C Major, K.330:2. Andante cantabile
07 – Mozart: Piano Sonata No.10 In C Major, K.330:3. Allegretto
08 – Alexander Scriabin: Etude In C Sharp Minor, Op.2 No.1
09 – Alexander Scriabin: Etude In D Sharp Minor, Op.8 No.12
10 – Robert Schumann: Arabeske in C, Op.18
11 – Franz Liszt: Années de pèlerinage: 2ème année: Italie, S.161:5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
12 – Franz Liszt: Soirées de Vienne: 9 Valses-Caprices After Schubert, S.427:No.6 In A Minor
13 – Frédéric Chopin: Mazurka No.41 In C Sharp Minor, Op.63 No.3
14 – Frédéric Chopin: Mazurka No.7 In F Minor, Op.7 No.3
15 – Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.1 In B Minor, Op.20
16 – Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15:7. Träumerei
17 – Maurice Moritz Moszkowski: Étincelles, Morceau caractéristique, Op.36 No.6
18 – Spoken Word: Horowitz Interview With Norman Pellegrini (October 1986)
19 – Spoken Word: Horowitz Interview With (October 1974)

Recorded at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, 26 October 1986.
Broadcast Engineer: Mitchell Heller (WFMT). Analogue to Digital Conversion: Matthew Sohn.
Remastering Producer and Engineer: Jon M. Samuels.

Technical notes:
The original analogue recordings were made using В & К 4006 microphones through a Neotek console. They were recorded two-track onto Studer B-67 tape recorders, on 1/4″ tape, onto 10 1/2 reels at a speed of 7.5 inches (19 centimeters) per second, with Dolby “A” encoding. Mitchell Heller, WFMT’s broadcast engineer, produced and engineered the broadcast. Remastering was done at 24 bit/96 kHz.