Great Performances

S48 E12 | CLIP

Horowitz's Piano "Pyrotechnics"

Watch Horowitz perform his self-described piano "pyrotechnics" as he plays Rachmaninov's "Polka de V.R."

AIRED: January 22, 2021 | 0:03:38
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TRANSCRIPT

[Horowitz plays Rachmaninov's Polka de V.R.]

Peter Gelb: What Horowitz did was he selected a program that enabled

him to reserve what he used to call the "pyrotechnics." That was his name for it,

for explosive, explosive technical playing. That he would reserve those moments for

strategic points in the program, typically in the last piece.

[Horowitz continues to play Rachmaninov's Polka de V.R.]

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