Pianist Vladimir Horowitz and conductor Sir Thomas Beecham make their US debuts with the New York Philharmonic on January 12.
In a now-infamous moment, Horowitz, unhappy with Beecham’s slower tempos in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, took his own tempo in the finale, charging to the finish in a blazing display of virtuosity.
In The New York Times review the next day, Olin Downes noted that Beecham “proved himself a musician of unusual enthusiasm, magnetism, and purpose,” and that Horowitz received “the wildest welcome that a pianist has received in many seasons in New York.”
Two days later, Beecham and Horowitz signed the autograph book of Carnegie Hall house manager Louis Salter, following the Philharmonic's Sunday afternoon performance on January 15.
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