Genre: Classical
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Vladimir Horowitz Horowitz in Hamburg: The Last Concert 180g 2LP

Vladimir Horowitz

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180g Vinyl Double LP!
Mastered From Original Sources!
First Release On Vinyl!

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Eighty-three-year-old Vladimir Horowitz, the most celebrated pianist of the 20th century, gave his last public recital in Hamburg on June 21, 1987. He played a programme of mainly shorter works by the composers he held dearest in his later years: Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt and - his new great love - Mozart. A unique souvenir of the event, this album captures the magic of Horowitz's art and communicates a palpable sense of occasion.

Any attempt to define the qualities of Vladimir Horowitz usually begin and end in a sea of superlatives. His 'ne plus ultra' virtuosity earned Horowitz his reputation as the "Liszt of our age". Commemorating the 30th anniversary of his death (5th November), Deutsche Grammophon reissues four of his legendary recordings on vinyl, including his three-time Grammy Award-winning 1985 Studio Recordings; and releases for the first time ever on vinyl Horowitz's last recital in Hamburg.

This June 21, 1987 recital from Hamburg capped Vladimir Horowitz's last European tour and proved to be his final public performance. It confirms what we know of the relaxed, poetic style characterizing the veteran pianist's late-period DG recordings. His joy reconnecting with Mozart's music is everywhere evident in the D major Rondo, while the B-flat K. 333 receives a more direct, less garishly accented interpretation in comparison with his studio traversal a few months earlier (this time Horowitz wisely ignores the first movement's second-half repeat).

The Schubert/Liszt Valse-Caprice splits the difference between Horowitz's solid, ever-so-slightly cautious studio version and the more volatile performance from the historic 1986 Moscow concert. His own conclusion, of course, delights as much as his revamped ending to Moszkowski's Etincelles. Although Horowitz always garnished Schumann's Kinderszenen with affetuoso gestures, the Hamburg reading is far superior to the overly mannered caricature from five years earlier, preserved on Horowitz in London (RCA). Yet Horowitz's unique legato pedaling truly comes to the fore in the Chopin B minor Mazurka's fanciful cantabiles. By playing softly with tricky details in much of the A-flat Polonaise, the old pro cannily substitutes craft for the galvanic thrust of yore.
-Jed Distler,


  • 180g Vinyl
  • Double LP
  • First release on vinyl
  • Commemorates the 30th anniversary of the great pianist's death
  • Live recording
  • Mastered from original sources
  • Gatefold jacket
  • Made in Germany
  • Total time: 73:10


Vladimir Horowitz piano


LP 1

Side A:
  1. Rondo in D major K 485
FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886) after FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Soirees de Vienne:
Valse-Caprice No. 6 in A minor*
  1. Allegro con spirito
Side B:
Piano Sonata in B flat major K 33 (315c)*
  1. Allegro
  2. Andante cantabile
  3. Allegretto grazioso

LP 2

Side A:
Kinderszenen op. 15
Scenes From Childhood
  1. Von fremden Landern und Menschen - About foreign lands and peoples
  2. Kuriose Geschichte - Curious story
  3. Haschemann - Catch me if you can
  4. Bittendes Kind - Pleading child
  5. Gluckes genug - Happiness
  6. Wichtige Begebenheit - Important event
  7. Traumerel - Dreaming
  8. Am Kamin - At the fireside
  9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd - Knight of the hobby-horse
  10. Fast zu ernst - Almost too serious
  11. Furchtenmachen - Frightening
  12. Kind im Einschlummern - Child falling asleep
  13. Der Dichter spricht - The poet speaks
Side B:
Mazurka in B minor op. 33 no. 4
  1. Mesto
Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major op. 53
  1. Maestoso
Moment musical in F minor
D 780 no. 3 (op. 94 no. 3)
  1. Allegretto moderato
Etincelles. Morceau caracteristique op. 36 no. 6
  1. Allegro scherzando

Total playing time, 1:13:10
Recorded at Hamburg, Musikhalle/Laeiszhalle, June 21, 1987
*The sequence of these works was exchanged (compared to the concert) for reason of LP audio quality
Horowitz's last recital programme also included Schubert's Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major D 899 (after the Mozart Sonata), but for technical reasons this work was not recorded or broadcast by NDR.

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