Träumerei

9 Nov

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4 Responses to “Träumerei”

  1. Mike In WNY November 9, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    Vladimir is da bomb. I listen to a few of his cd’s frequently.

    “I am a general. My soldiers are the keys and I have to command them.” – Vladimir Horowitz

  2. Ward November 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    On the occasion of his first return in decades to his home country, at age 83–invited personally by Gorbachev. You might say there was some emotion behind this exquisite little piece, which was his encore given after a huge ovation. Did its pure and quiet message foreshadow the fall of the Wall three years later?

  3. Hapklein November 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    We witnessed that magic moment and it still brings tears to my eyes.
    It was a Sunday morning, a nice soft snow was falling, but not enough cover for skiing so we elected to walk the dog and have pancakes.
    I switched on the TV to catch the news and there was Horowitz just entering the stage. We were unaware of the importance of the moment but the situation of his return to Moscow and details of his concert were given in hushed tones and he played. Oh, did he play!
    Tears were evident in the audience and uninhibited emotion especially in a silence that occurred when he finished. For a moment we were afraid the Russians would not applaud but I think awe stilled them momentarily then they exploded. I think he did two or three encores with a very happy pleased expression on this face. By this time the audience was falling down in adoration.
    It took me a long time to get the tape and even longer for the disk.
    Anytime Horowitz is named my mind races back to that most magic concert and or extreme luck in watching it. I think he died within a couple of years later content at his final triumph.

  4. Ward November 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    For my money, he was the most dynamic master of the instrument–and maybe the strongest physically.
    You need arms and hands like a ditch-digger to play this arrangement, and unmatched technique:

    Plus, he had more fun than a kid with a slingshot at play.

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