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Vladimir Horowitz - Original Jacket Collection 2008


Release Date: 10/21/2008 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 731623   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyVladimir HorowitzFranz Liszt,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Conductor:  Arturo ToscaniniEugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony OrchestraNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sony/BMG’s second Vladimir Horowitz Original Jacket edition draws on the piano legend’s RCA Victor recordings, dating from the late 1920s up through his 1982 London concerts, and covers a wide repertoire range in the process. His studio Tchaikovsky First and Brahms Second concertos under Toscanini’s stringent direction have long provoked controversy and awe, while the pianist’s pioneering versions of the Prokofiev Seventh and Barber sonatas deserve their iconic reputation.

You can compare the younger Horowitz’s relatively direct Liszt Valse Oubliée No. 1 and Chopin C-sharp minor Mazurka Op. 30 No. 4 to their more subjective mid-century remakes. If his early 1980s Chopin is as mannered and pulled about as the 1978
Read more Rachmaninov Third Concerto Golden Jubilee release (coupled here with the the same composer’s Second sonata), Horowitz still revealed his genius for making loose-knit, larger-scaled works such as Schumann’s Concerto Without Orchestra and the Scriabin Fifth sonata sound cohesive and inevitable.

His 1950s Chopin hits and misses. I’ve never warmed to the static, fussed-over B-flat minor sonata (Horowitz takes the first-movement repeat he wisely omitted in his superior stereo Columbia Masterworks remake), nor to the studio B minor Scherzo’s picky details and lack of flow, yet the Barcarolle is a classic, as are the technically and musically inspired Scriabin and Clementi recitals from the same period.

When I first pondered hearing Horowitz live, a non-fan friend advised me “just go for the encores.” I understood what he meant, for Horowitz lavished these gems with great care and craft. Today’s young hotshots may be able to play the notes of Horowitz’s once inscrutable Carmen Fantasy, Stars and Stripes Forever, and Mendelssohn Wedding March, or copy his effective textual emendations in Liszt’s Sixth and Fifteenth Hungarian Rhapsodies and Moszkowski studies–yet they don’t match the master’s rhythmic drive, sophisticated articulation, and flawless timing.

So far as production values go, this release falls far short of the high standards of previous issues in the Original Jacket Collection series. Astute Horowitz collectors will notice that none of the 10 vintage Horowitz LP cover facsimiles presented here corresponds to its original vinyl contents. In fact, each disc clones a specific release in RCA’s comprehensive yet haphazardly programmed Horowitz Gold Seal series, right down to the actual transfers. The two Chopin CDs prove particularly confusing in this regard.

Furthermore, the booklet’s discographical information is incomplete and sometimes inaccurate. For example, many of the “unavailable” venue and producer credits listed are readily “available” Horowitz discographies, chapter and verse. Such editorial slackness underlines the need for a truly complete, systematic, and thoroughly remastered Horowitz RCA survey that matches the integrity of the label’s complete Kapell and Rubinstein editions.

– Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 1st movement, Allegro non troppo by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 2nd movement, Allegro appassionato by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 4th movement, Allegretto grazioso by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1st movement, Allegro non troppo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1875). 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 2nd movement, Andantino semplice by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1875). 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 3rd movement, Allegro con fuoco by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1875). 
7.
Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
8.
Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns), S 555 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Rome, Italy 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 3rd movement, Rondo alla turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Wedding March and Dance of the Elves from Mendelssohn's "A Midsummernight's Dream", S 410 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
11.
Songs without words, vol 7, Op. 85: no 4, Andante sostenuto in D major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
12.
Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 6, Andante grazioso in A major "Spring Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
13.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 5, Moderato in B minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
14.
Children's Corner: no 3, Serenade for the Doll by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
15.
Etudes (15) de virtuosité, Op. 72 "Per aspera ad astra": no 11 in Ab major by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1903; Germany 
16.
Etudes (15) de virtuosité, Op. 72 "Per aspera ad astra": no 6 in F major by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1903; Germany 
17.
Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36: no 6, Etincelles by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
18.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
19.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
20.
Scherzo a capriccio for Piano in F sharp minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Germany 
21.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 15 in a "Rákóczy March" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1886 
22.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Notes: Composition written: Rome, Italy (1881 - 1884). 
23.
Variations on from Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
24.
Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 
25.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
26.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
27.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
28.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 5 in G flat major "Black Keys" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
29.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
30.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
31.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
32.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
33.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
34.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 1 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
35.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
36.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
37.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 4 in C sharp minor, B 74 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Poland 
38.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 4 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
39.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
40.
Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 33 by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
41.
Sonatas (2) for Piano, Op. 34 by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
42.
Sonata for Keyboard in F minor, Op. 13 no 6 by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1785 
43.
Sonata for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 26 no 2 by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790 
44.
Capriccios (2) for Piano, Op. 47: no 2 in C major by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
45.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1942; USSR 
46.
Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
47.
Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 46 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
48.
Toccata for Piano in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
49.
Nocturne for Piano no 13 in B minor, Op. 119 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
50.
Presto for Piano in B flat major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
51.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 14 "Concert sans orchestre" by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835-1836; Germany 
52.
Humoreske for Piano in B flat major, Op. 20 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
53.
Phantasiestücke (3) for Piano, Op. 111 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
54.
Nachtstücke (4) for Piano, Op. 23: no 3 in D flat major, Mit grosser Lebhaftigkeit by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
55.
Nachtstücke (4) for Piano, Op. 23: no 4 in F major by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
56.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Russia 
57.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 1 in C major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
58.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 10 in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
59.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 9 in E major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
60.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 3 in G major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
61.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 16 in B flat minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
62.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 13 in G flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
63.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 14 in E flat minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
64.
Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895-1896; Russia 
65.
Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 16: no 1 in B major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894-1895; Russia 
66.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 6 in B minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
67.
Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 16: no 4 in E flat minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894-1895; Russia 
68.
Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in G minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Russia 
69.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 2 in A minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
70.
Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 48: no 3 in D flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Russia 
71.
Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 67: no 1 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 
72.
Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 59: no 2, Prélude by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Russia 
73.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1898; Russia 
74.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 7 in B flat minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
75.
Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 42: no 5 in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
76.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 12 in D sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
77.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1st movement, Allegro ma non tanto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
78.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 2nd movement, Intermezzo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
79.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 3rd movement, Alla breve by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
80.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931). 
81.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 1, Von fremden Ländern und Menschen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
82.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 2, Curiose Geschichte by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
83.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 3, Haschemann by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
84.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 4, Bittendes Kind by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
85.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 5, Glückes genug by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
86.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 6, Wichtige Begebenheit by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
87.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 8, Am Kamin by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
88.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 9, Ritter von Steckenpferd by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
89.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 10, Fast zu ernst by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
90.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 11, Fürchtenmachen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
91.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 12, Kind im Einschlummern by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
92.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 13, Der Dichter spricht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
93.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
94.
Impromptu for Piano no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 102 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; France 
95.
Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 1, Andante espressivo in G major "May Breezes" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
96.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
97.
Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140: no 2 in E flat major "Octave" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
98.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
99.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 4 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
100.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
101.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 3rd movement, Andante-Più adagio by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
102.
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Andante
IV. Allegretto grazioso
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
II. Andantino simplice
III. Allegro con fuoco
Variations on a Theme from "Carmen"
Danse macabre
Rondo alla turca (Sonata in A, No. 11, K. 331: III)
Wedding March and Variations
Lieder ohne Worte: Élégie, Op. 85, No. 4
Lieder ohne Worte: Spring Song, Op. 62, No. 6
Lieder ohne Worte: The Shepherd's Complaint, Op. 67, No. 5
Serenade of the Doll (from Children's Corner)
Etude in A-Flat, Op. 72, No. 11
Etude in F, Op. 72, No. 6
Etincelles, Op. 36, No. 6
Polonaise in A-Flat, Op. 53
Träumerei from Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Scherzo a capriccio: Presto
Rakóczy March, No. 15
Valse oubliée No. 1
Prelude, Op. 23, No. 5, in G Minor
The Stars and Stripes Forever

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 Horowitz Deserves Better December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Several years ago, Sony Classical began reissuing some acclaimed older recordings as the Original Jacket Collection. The concept was simple: each box contained ten CDs which exactly duplicated the content and cover art (obverse and reverse) of the original LP issues. The attraction for collectors was obvious. But some complained about the short playing time of the CDs, so Sony began adding bonus tracks to take advantage of the CDs playing time.

The only thing that this issue has in common with the Original Jacket concept is that facsimiles of some original LP covers are used. In fact, the programming on these CDs does not duplicate or even approximate what Horowitz authorized back in the day. Rather, the contents are mostly the same as RCA's Gold Seal reissue of the 1990s, which was generally panned by critics and collectors. The single composer per disk programming is a mish-mash of Horowitz's studio and live recordings from the 1940s to the 1980s, haphazardly thrown together as if they were of equal merit. In addition, this set uses the same remastering as was used for the Gold Seal reissue, which was often done from second or third generation sources because RCA's vaults were in disarray at the time (they have since been organized). The only exception to this is Schumann's Concerto without Orchestra (Sonata No. 3 in F Minor), for which RCA accidentally released the wrong takes on the 1989 CD issue. For this set, the correct, Horowitz authorized takes have been used - - all the better because it's quite a performance and far superior to the unsteady one issued on "Horowitz ReDiscovered."

Many of these performances are justly legendary, from the Scriabin 3rd and 5th Sonatas, to Horowitz's own Variations on the Gypsy Dance from Bizet's Carmen. While I agree with Neville Cardus's remark that hearing Horowitz play with orchestra is like "trying to get the best of a fine wine while eating roast beef", the pianist's recordings with Toscanini show the pianist and conductor in excellent form. Has there ever been a more honestly played Brahms 2nd or a more incendiary Tchaikovsky 1st? Horowitz's Rachmaninoff 3rd with Ormandy may be imperfect technically (the pianist was 74 years old during his Golden Jubilee season), but the performance is ripe with memory and a sense of occasion - a true valedictory.

Still, Sony/BMG's cavalier treatment of the Horowitz legacy is a disappointment. What Horowitz deserves from Sony/BMG is no less that that which has been afforded to Arthur Rubinstein and William Kapell: A comprehensive reissue of all of his recordings, newly remastered from the best sources, programmed in a way that Horowitz would have approved. That he has not received it as of yet is a slap at his memory, and a discredit to Sony/BMG. "
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