|Produced by Thomas Frost, Richard Killough & Paul Myers|
|Released on 1987|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|MK 42305 cover
[high resolution scan]
K ronomyth x.x: AT WITZí END. In a perfect world, we could skip right to the dessert. On Favorite Encores, you can. Iím sure I donít need to sell you on the merits of Vladimir Horowitz; the man makes love to the piano when he plays. This disc collects eighteen encores recorded between 1963 and 1971. They are, by turns, profound, pretty, passionate and practically on fire. Itís really not a question of whatís best on this disc, but rather what mood youíre in. The lovers of leaping notes will delight in the pieces by Chopin, those looking for something more complex will await the works of Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, Debussy is there for the posy-gatherers, Scarlatti for the dusty didacts, Schumann, Mozart and Moszkowski for the romantics. At the end of these ends is Horowitz and his signature Carmen Variations in one of its variations. Assembling eighteen show-stoppers makes for a dazzling display of its own, and on the days when Iím certain that mankind is merely pursuing its own monkey tail with its Florida primaries and Facebook IPOs, the magnetic ghost of Vladimir Horowitz reminds me that weíre capable of achieving great things when we stop chasing our own reflection and seek the reflection of God. Horowitz fearlessly touches that godhead on Schubertís Impromptu, and for a moment holds that unobtainable ideal of beauty in his hands. But he also captures the humanity of Schumann, the genius of Scriabin, the richness of Rachmaninoff. For me, Favorite Encores is a box of jewels, and I donít listen to these pieces so much as hold them in my mind and let the light dance off them. In 2004, an expanded reissue was released with two additional Chopin Etudes at the end.
VLADIMIR HOROWITZ -- piano
Thumb Design Partnership -- art direction
Iris Schneider -- cover photograph
|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||1987||CBS Masterworks||CD||MK 42305|
|US||February 24, 2004||Sony Classical||CDX||93075||digital remaster w. bonus tracks, diff. cover|
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