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CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2 / Ballade No. 4 / Polonaise-fantaisie (Horowitz) (1947-1957)

Composer(s):Chopin, Fryderyk
Artist(s) Horowitz, Vladimir, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.111282
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Although Horowitz’s concept of Chopin, characterised by extremes of dynamics and tempi, divided the critics over the years, as one of them wrote in 1958 of a disc containing the Barcarolle heard here,‘If your choice in Chopin interpretation runs to largescale, grandiose treatments, magnificent panoramas of sound, delicacy and yet tremendous virility, obtain this record by all means. The overall effect is breathtaking.’ The tempo Horowitz chooses for the first movement of this 1950 recording of Piano Sonata No. 2 may seem surprisingly slow, yet the relationship between the first and second subject is far more logical than many performances where the second subject is often played much slower than the first. The 1949 recording of the Ballade No. has never been reissued but is presented here for its rarity and in conjunction with the artist’s approved 1952 remake of the same work.

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Review By ,Classica,April 2008


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Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2008

To today’s younger generation, Vladimir Horowitz represents a virtuoso pianist who had perfection high on his list of musical priorities. A teenage virtuoso born to a prosperous family, he found himself supporting his once wealthy parents in the aftermath of the Revolution by giving countless concerts, many in partnership with the young violinist, Nathan Milstein. He eventually left the newly founded Soviet Union in 1925 at the age of 22 and began a nomadic life in Europe. Finally exhausted by the number of concerts demanded of him, he suffered a physical breakdown in 1936 and spent two years recovering in Switzerland. Moving to the States at the onset of the Second World War he created a sensation with the brilliance of his playing. His ill-health caught up with him again in

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