Vladimir Horowitz’s 50th anniversary recital at the White House, 1978. Introduction by President Carter

Bonjour, Bon dimanche à vous.Nathalie

Vladimir Horowitz, le mythique pianiste, le plus grand interprète Frédéric Chopin en 1978 à la Maison Blanche, voici une petite partie de l’article précédent. Bonne écoute.

An earth-shattering performance of Chopin’s Sonata No. 2.
Chopin: Sonata No. 2, Op. 35
Chopin: Waltz Op. 34 No. 2
Chopin: Waltz Op. 64 No. 2
Chopin: Polonaise Op. 53 « Heroic »

Frédéric Chopin, White House1978-Jimmy Carter by Vladimir Horowitz

Bonjour, Voici Frédéric Chopin interprété par Vladimir Horowitz à La Maison Blanche en 1978, invité par le président Jimmy Carter.Vladimir Horowitz est le pianiste mythique, c’est le plus grand pianiste,le New York Times a écrit un article à son sujet titré « Vladimir Horowitz, Titan of the Piano, Dies » By BERNARD HOLLAND

Extrait: Vladimir Horowitz, the eccentric virtuoso of the piano whose extraordinary personality and skill overwhelmed six decades of concert audiences, died suddenly early yesterday afternoon at his home in Manhattan, apparently of a heart attack. Though standard biographies list his birth date as Oct. 1, 1904, Mr. Horowitz recently celebrated what he called his 86th birthday. Held in awe by aficionados of the instrument, Mr. Horowitz virtually cornered the market on celebrity among 20th-century pianists. His presence hovered over several generations of pianists who followed him. ‘He Knew All the Repertory’

« He touched every musician who ever heard him, » the American pianist Murray Perahia said yesterday. Mr. Perahia, who was at the Horowitz home when he died, added: « He knew all the repertory and could play pieces he hadn’t done in 20 years–Beethoven, Scriabin, Chopin. He always counseled me to be freer, but he was upset when people tried to imitate his style. He didn’t like the terms Classical or Romantic. He simply said to play from the heart. » Reached in Tokyo today, another prominent American pianist, Emanuel Ax, said: « I knew people who worshiped Horowitz, as I did, and I knew people who hated him. But no one was indifferent. He brought the idea of excitement in piano playing to a higher pitch than anyone I’ve ever heard. For me the fascinating thing was a sense of complete control, and on the other hand, the feeling that everything was just on the verge of going haywire. It never did go over that line, but there was the sense of an unbelievable energy being harnessed, and the felling that if he ever let it go, it would burn up the hall. »

The Evolution of a Myth

Into Mr. Horowitz’s late 70’s and early 80’s–when he made a heavily publicized and carefully orchestrated comeback in the concert world–he retained the ability to extract colors of either extraordinary brilliance or extraordinary delicacy. In his concert appearances during the 1920’s and 30’s, Mr. Horowitz’s ability to create excitement in whatever he did on stage made him an almost mythical figure–a status only enlarged by his personal eccentricities and flair for attracting public attention. Even his frequent retirements from performing had a romantic appeal to mass audiences. A man known for the frailty of his nerves, Mr. Horowitz quit playing in public four times–between 1936 and 1938, from 1953 to 1965, from 1968 to 1974 and from 1983 to 1985. This seemed only to sharpen his public’s appetite. When Mr. Horowitz did play, he drove a hard bargain: his personal piano from his Manhattan living room accompanied him; concerts were at 4 P.M. and only on Sunday. Advance teams redecorated his hotel rooms to make him feel less estranged from the comfort of home; his own food was cooked to his taste. Mr. Horowitz’s last withdrawal from concert life came after a series of uneven performances in the early 1980’s–ones which he subsequently blamed on overmedication. But in the last four years of his life, he became virtually a one-man industry in the concert business–with a much-publicized tour of the Soviet Union, performances in Europe and America, all linked with compact disk recordings, videotapes, television programs and films. His return to Moscow and Leningrad in 1986, after a 61-year absence, became a major media event reported around the world.