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Hommage à Horowitz: Virtuoso Transcriptions for Piano

Valery Kuleshov

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61  
1
Wedding March and Variations (arr. by V. Horowitz)
Vladimir Horowitz; Félix Mendelssohn; Valery Kuleshov
6:30
2
Waltz in F Minor
Vladimir Horowitz; Valery Kuleshov
2:07
3
Danse excentrique (Moment exotique)
Vladimir Horowitz; Valery Kuleshov
2:33
4
Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen"
Vladimir Horowitz; Valery Kuleshov
4:08
19 Hungarian Rhapsodies  
5
No. 19 in D Minor (arr. by V. Horowitz)
Vladimir Horowitz; Franz Liszt; Valery Kuleshov
9:58
Années de pèlerinage, 1st year, Switzerland  
6
VI. Vallée D'Obermann (arr. by V. Horowitz for piano)
Vladimir Horowitz; Franz Liszt; Valery Kuleshov
12:16
7
By the Water (arr. by V. Horowitz)
Vladimir Horowitz; Modest Mussorgsky; Valery Kuleshov
4:10
8
Danse macabre
Vladimir Horowitz; Franz Liszt; Valery Kuleshov
9:08
9
Étude-fantasie in E Flat Major, Op. 4, "Les Vagues"
Vladimir Horowitz; Valery Kuleshov
2:38
10
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Vladimir Horowitz; John Philip Sousa; Valery Kuleshov
4:13
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    57:41
Award-winning Russian pianist Valery Kuleshov pays tribute to Vladimir Horowitz on this fascinating and unique programme of the composer's own works and his piano transcriptions of pieces by Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky and Sousa. Kuleshov accomplished the unique and incredibly difficult task of writing out, from listening only to the LP recordings, the unpublished piano transcriptions which greatly impressed Horowitz. In 1989 Horowitz invited Kuleshov to his New York apartment where the maestro not only listened to the young virtuoso play, but also gave him valuable advice and offered consultations free of charge. The great pianist’s death later that same year left this plan unrealized.

"I was not only delighted by your fantastic performances, but I congratulate you on your keen ear and great patience that were required to write out, note by note, the scores of these unpublished transcriptions by listening to my recordings."
- Vladimir Horowitz
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Recording data: August 2000 at Nybrokajen 11 (the former Academy of Music), Stockholm, Sweden
Balance engineer/Tonmeister: Thore Brinkmann
Neumann microphones; Yamaha O2R digital mixer; Stage Tec 28-bit ADC; Genex GX 8000 MOD recorder;
Stax headphones
Producer: Thore Brinkmann
Digital editing: Christian Starke
Cover text: © Valery Kuleshov 2001
Translations: Horst A. Scholz (German); Arlette Lemieux-Chené (French)
Booklet sub-editing: Andrew Barnett, William Jewson
Front cover photo of Vladimir Horowitz and Valery Kuleshov: © Nancy McFarland
Back cover photo of Valery Kuleshov: © Ellen Appel
Typesetting, lay-out: Kyllikki & Andrew Barnett, Compact Design Ltd., Saltdean, Brighton, England
Colour origination: Jenson Studio Colour, Leeds, England

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