Background Image Background Image Background Image
background image

WH 0023
StarStarStarStarStar Rating
Log in to be the first to review this disc
Background Image Background Image Background Image
background image
Wigmore Hall Logo
WH 0023

Piano Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2009

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Mieczyslaw Horszowski

piano

Venue:

Wigmore Hall, London



Producer:

Misha Donat



Record Label
Wigmore Hall

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 74:17
background image
SELECT YOUR MUSIC FORMAT FROM THE OPTIONS BELOW*
mp3question marklosslessoff  
*when you purchase a lossless format, we include the MP3 free of charge
Please Note: On Mp3 format an unavoidable click may be heard on segue track breaks, to avoid this issue please select lossless
 
DOWNLOADS
Buttonbooklet
   
Select Complete Single Disc for
 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

(1756-1791)
 

Piano Sonata n B flat major, K. 570 (1789)

19:11  
1 Allewgro 4:38
2 Adagio 9:58
3 Allegretto 4:32
   
 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

(1770-1827)
 

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'The Tempest' (1802)

26:48  
4 Largo - Allegro 9:31
5 Adagio 9:05
6 Allegretto 8:03
   
 

ROBERT SCHUMANN

(1810-1856)
7 

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18 (1838)

6:58
   
 

FRYDERYK CHOPIN

(1810-1849)
8 

Mazurka in B minor, Op. 33 No. 4 (1837-8)

4:57
9 

Nocturne in B major, Op. 32 No. 1 (1836-7)

5:36
10 

Etude in F minor, Op. 25 No. 2 (1836)

1:49
11 

Fantaisie-Imptromptu in C sharp minor, Op. 66 (1835)

6:03
  Encore  
 

ROBERT SCHUMANN

12 

Traumerei, Op. 15 No. 7 (from Kinderszenen)

3:07


“In Mieczyslaw Horszowski’s playing, what initially strikes the listener is the loveliness of his sound – a sound that is no longer heard today … In his playing, everything seems supple and effortless, as if playing a piano were as easy as uttering speech.”Murray Perahia

The Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski was three weeks away from his 99th birthday when he gave this recital, recorded live at Wigmore Hall in June 1991. It was the last recital he ever gave in the UK, followed only by a concert in Lucerne and another in his home town of Philhadelphia, some four months later. This marked the end of a career which had begun with his official Viennese debut in 1902, with a programme that included Schumann’s Arabesque, which features in this programme, 90 years later.

The recording also features Mozart’s Sonata in B flat K. 570, Beethoven’s Sonata in D minor Op. 31 No. 2 ‘The Tempest’, and works by Chopin . As a boy, Horszowski was taught by his mother, an amateur pianist who had studied with Karol Mikuli, himself a pupil of Chopin – and it was in Chopin that Horszowski was greatly in his element. As András Schiff remarked: “It’s as though he had written the music himself. It’s unbelievably unpredictable, and yet it’s completely natural, and comes from within the composition.”

The recital ends with Schumann’s ‘Traumerei’, one of the composer’s most famous melodies, and something of a signature work for Horszowski in his last years.

"...this CD is extraordinary, and only partly because it was recorded when this great pianist was 99 years old. Mieczyslaw Horszowski was first taught by his mother, who had studied with a pupil of Chopin, and this recording reflects the serene luminosity of his tone as well as his utterly individual way with over-played classics"
 

The Independent

"The Wigmore Hall recital offers an ideal showcase for Horszowski’s rich sonority"

 

BBC Music Magazine

"One hears an enchantingly lyrical approach, with each phrase flowing perfectly into the next. Equally important is the pianist’s sensitivity to harmony and texture. Rarely has such colour and nuance been brought to this music in so satisfying a manner ... The recording engineers are to be commended for the excellent sound quality of this CD. Horzsowski’s sound was an essential part of what he communicated and this disc does as good a job as I have heard of capturing that elusive quality"

International Record Review



No User Reviews Found.