Thursday, May 19, 2011

Vladimir Horowitz: Liszt's Soirées de Vienne

Vladimir Horowitz plays Franz Liszt's Soirées de Vienne, Valse Caprice No. 6 (after Schubert) at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, in Moscow, on April 20, 1986.

Vladimir Horowitz, aged 82, showed why he ranks among the top pianists of the twentieth century. There were less than 400 seats offered to the public, compared to 1,400 reserved for the Soviet VIPs. The Russian-born pianist had left Russia in 1925; and this was his triumphant return after an absence of more than 60 years. Horowitz, Last of the Romantics, was up to the challenge.

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