Vladimir Horowitz in Moscow

Vladimir Horowitz's legendary recital in Moscow, 1986

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Vladimir Horowitz, the "Titan of the Piano," recorded during his recital in Moscow on April 20, 1986.

Born in Kiev, Vladimir Horowitz soon acquired an international fame for his interpretation of the Romantic repertoire and his incredible virtuosity. Nicknamed the "Titan of the Piano," "Satan on the Keyboard" or "The King of the Piano," Vladimir Horowitz left an imperishable mark on the public's mind and was admired by all his peers, including Clara Haskil, Martha Argerich, Sviatoslav Richter, to name but a few.

This programme features a recording of Horowitz's historic recital in Moscow (works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Liszt, Chopin, Schumann and Moszowski), as well as highlights of his return to Soviet Union – his first visit to his native country in 61 years.

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