CD Review: Horowitz Discovered Treasures (1962-1972)

Horowitz Discovered Treasures (1962-1972)
Previously Unreleased Studio Recordings
1992, from Sony Classical

Horowitz Discovered Treasures (1962-1972)

Russian-born Vladimir Horowitz (September 18, 1903 – November 5, 1989) made his first Victor gramophone recordings for piano in 1928. (Previous to that, performances in 1926 on piano rolls were produced at the Welte-Mignon* studios in Freiburg, Germany.)  It’s a testament to the longevity of his immense virtuosity as a pianist that a CD was released in the early 1990s containing previously unreleased material from studio recordings.

As an aficionado of piano music, Horowitz has always been a favourite pianist of mine. Having had this CD in my collection since the early days of its release, I am awestruck to this day by his expressive, elastic fingers drawing out so much emotion and succinct conversation from and with the keyboard. He was a pianist who played wholeheartedly, tinging notes with gentle, playful pulses, and given the changing moods within a piece, with contrasting full-blooded strikes of the keys.

The selections of this issue were recordings that did not make it onto previous Horowitz releases, and it can only be thought of as omission not by lack of merit, but solely by too little track space available. This single CD itself runs 67 minutes – and it isn’t long enough in one sitting to appreciate everything Horowitz was.

He does approach Scarlatti distinctively, and extraordinarily. When that one staccato high note rings out during the Sonata in G Major (track 5), the key reverberates with the angelic charm of a heavenly bell chime. He is not genteel with the first two Chopin tracks, rather edgy and impatient, and then with cautious passion, he sensitively interprets the third, “Raindrop” Prelude. He goes on to display unparalleled mastery with his volatile and jumbly yet fiercely precise romp of Alexander Scriabin’s Etude, Opus 65, No 3 (track 17).

The CD is consummately titled as the pianist’s discovered treasures. As well, they satisfy the desire for something extravagant to relish on a langorous afternoon. Like a thunderstorm, there will be welcome gentle rain at times, punctuated by sudden luminescent lightning strikes, but always with a feel of brilliance. Not unlike Horowitz himself, perhaps.

*About Welte-Mignon piano rolls, as related by Wiki:
” …a young inventor in Germany, Edwin Welte, was working on a player which controlled all the aspects of the performance automatically, so that his machine would play back a recorded performance exactly as if the original pianist was sitting at the piano keyboard. This device, the Welte-Mignon, was launched in 1904. It created new marketing opportunities, as manufacturers could now get the foremost pianists and composers of the day to record their performances on a piano roll, allowing owners of player pianos to experience such a performance in their own homes on their own instruments, exactly as the original pianist had played it.”

Copyright © September 2015: Lorraine Dmitrovic

The Empress Arts & Music Zine – Spring 2014

Contents of the “Love Never Dies” Issue:

*Of the Same Soul ….

*Her Phantom – Ben Lewis

*Their Christine – Anna O’Byrne

*Her Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny – Simon Gleeson
The Girys – Maria Mercedes and Sharon Millerchip
The Talented, Musical Gustave – Jack Lyall
The Phantasma Trio – Vince Dean, Paul Tabone and Emma J. Hawkins

*Musical Highlights from Act One

*Musical Highlights from Act Two

*Gabriela Tylesova, Art Design – Sets and Costumes

*Curtain Call & Links of Interest

Copyright © 2014: Lorraine Dmitrovic

The Empress Arts & Music Zine – Spring 2007

Contents of the Issue:

*John Andrew Parks – heart of a “Country Eastern” star

*Richard X. Heyman – good times rollin’ for a rocker

*Stoneman – his rocky road to a new avenue

*Cannonball – Indonesia’s hottest indie band

*Michael Dimitri – his musical journey thus far

Copyright © 2007: Lorraine Dmitrovic

Defending Human Rights – When Jail Should Not be the Only Solution


With all the hoopla surrounding the arrest of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis about refusing to issue marriage licences to non-heterosexual couples, I was wondering if the solution could be this simple, more simple than incarceration.  And no one would need to be jailed, or their religious/legal stands compromised.

As it is now the law of the state in the USA and elsewhere in the world to issue marriage licences to all concerned, it is the state that should accommodate all by having one clerk serve only traditional heterosexual couples, and another clerk serve only non-heterosexual couples. (I say non-heterosexual so that identities such as trans-gender, bi-sexual, pan-sexual and poly-sexual can be included in the definition.)

Before anyone objects with the argument that this solution would hail back to segregation, being white or of any colour or ethnic background is not the issue here. Segregation was separate buses/divided bus sections and other visible dividing lines. The hypothetical waiting lines, for same-sex and traditional couples seeking marriage licences in the one and same government office room, would be a choice of preference. (Such as preferring one gender of public powder room over another.) Any violation of crossing an (invisible) line to cause a disturbance would be breaking a state law, and not infringing on the clerk’s beliefs standing behind the service wicket, their beliefs already protected by the same law.

That way, no ones rights are violated, and no one would be arrested for breaking a law, no one is unjustly persecuted, and no freedoms are violated.

Simple? It would be a responsible, accountable, sensible and doable approach to satisfying, upholding and protecting everyone under one legal blanket.  In conclusion, if the state makes the law, they should support it by making provisions to serve it without imposing on any employee or patron to fulfill the law against their own rights and beliefs.

Copyright © September 2015: Lorraine Dmitrovic