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Vladimir Horowitz - HOROWITZ THE LAST ROMANTIC

Vladimir Horowitz - HOROWITZ THE LAST ROMANTIC

ClassicalMusic-Concert - Vladimir Horowitz - HOROWITZ THE LAST ROMANTIC
DivX 640x480 | 92:39 | 556 MB (6*92.7)

TV-Documentation 1985 - English with german subtitles

A real "Must-Have" for every fan of Vladimir Horowitz


Vladimir Horowitz - HOROWITZ THE LAST ROMANTIC

Vladimir Horowitz - HOROWITZ THE LAST ROMANTIC

Vladimir Horowitz - HOROWITZ THE LAST ROMANTIC

Vladimir Horowitz - HOROWITZ THE LAST ROMANTIC








Editorial Reviews: ( taken from Amazon.com )

In this celebratory documentary, acclaimed sibling filmmakers Albert and David Maysles (Salesman, Grey Gardens) give us a fascinating chance to see legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz from an intimate perspective. The movie was filmed during a 1985 recording session in the artist's New York studios, a venue that allows the camera marvelous access to examine closely the flurry of Horowitz's fingers across the keyboard and his wonderfully expressive face as it keeps time with the music, registering in turn intensity, rapture, childish delight. All the while Horowitz's wife, Wanda Toscanini, looks on lovingly. Between performances, the two rest on a couch and share reminiscences of Rachmaninoff, Scriabin (who wisely advised the 10-year-old virtuoso to educate himself in all cultural matters, not just music), and Maestro Arturo Toscanini himself. On one wall of the elegantly furnished apartment-style studio hangs a beautiful Japanese screen portraying a soldier and his horse leaping across a chasm, suspended in midair; Horowitz himself seems just as much to float, unbounded by the gravitational tug of age (he was 81 at the time). His playing is as strong as ever, whether deftly maneuvering the glassy trills of Mozart's Sonata in C, K. 330, or powering his way through an energetic reading of Chopin's Scherzo No. 1. All the music is wonderful, of course; no less so is the film's fond portrait of the man who made it.
–Bruce Reid


Product Description:

This film offers an intimate portrait of one of the most compelling and elusive personalities of the 20th Century - in private performance and conversation. This program includes an actual recital in Horowitz's home as well as some revealing scenes with Horowitz and his wife, Wanda Toscanini. The concert portion of the program, which features performances of works by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin, is unique because of the access granted by the Horowitzes during the filming: the filmmakers were literally inches from the piano, capturing the pianist in action with remarkable intimacy.



After a few years rest and some at-home unofficial rehabilitation, Horowitz was ready to begin performing again. Horowitz recorded the material on this production in his own living room. We see a rejuvinated, different Horowitz, someone in much more control than in the 1982 and 1983 recitals. The only thing lacking in Horowitz's performance from this point on was preparation, Horowitz admittedly did not practice very much and it shows.

from: "Vladimir Horowitz Videography - Chronological"