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Vladimir Horowitz - Complete Original Jacket Collection


Release Date: 12/01/2009 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 757500   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Modest MussorgskySergei ProkofievDmitri KabalevskyLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir HorowitzNathan Milstein
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 70 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Finally--a comprehensive and consistently organized collection that encompasses all of Vladimir Horowitz's RCA, Columbia Masterworks, and Sony Classical recordings, many of which I've covered in various states of reissue for Classicstoday.com. In terms of cover art and programming, most of this 70-disc set's individual volumes exactly replicate their original LP counterparts (or CDs in a few instances). As a result, playing times per disc tend to be short (the 1950 Brahms D minor Violin Sonata with Nathan Milstein originally stood alone on a 10-inch LP, and it's presented alone here as well), and many items turn up more than once. For example, you'll find the 1945 Chopin Andante Spianato e Grande Polonaise Op. 22 on three different discs. Read more Still, the integrity of Horowitz's LP program concepts remains intact.

In addition, one CD contains all of the RCA recordings that never made it to any Horowitz LP, along with the live Carnegie Hall 1975 Chopin Op. 17 No. 4 Mazurka issued only in Japan, plus an extended version of the Carmen Fantasy recorded in 1957 and issued for the first time as part of an RCA Red Seal Century CD compilation. Another two discs similarly gather all of the Columbia material first released on "Horowitz in Concert 1967-68", "Discovered Treasures", and in 1993's blue boxed set "The Complete Masterworks Recordings 1962-1973". Both mid-1990s "Private Collection" RCA CDs culled from the pianist's private cache of 1940s/'50s Carnegie Hall recitals are here (but not the three additional 2009/2010 Carnegie Hall material releases), as well as Sony's 2003 "live and unedited" remastering of the May 9, 1965 Historic Return program (Volume 42 contains the Horowitz approved "edited" version).

Lastly, a pair of previously unreleased recitals (Carnegie Hall, March 5, 1951 and Brooklyn College, November 12, 1967) capture Horowitz on top form. The 1951 Prokofiev Seventh builds upon its justly famous 1945 studio predecessor's demonic drive and smoldering cantabiles. Ditto the pulverizing Liszt Sixth Rhapsody. No major differences distinguish the 1967 recital's Beethoven Op. 101 and Rachmaninov Op. 39 No. 5 & 9 Etudes-Tableaux from the pianist's other contemporaneous versions. On the other hand, the Chopin Op. 44 Polonaise proves more volatile and occasionally unsettled in relation to the Carnegie Hall "Horowitz On Television" reading a few months later, while the Carmen Variations contain spontaneous, possibly improvised details unique to this occasion.

A few editorial quibbles are in order. It would have made sense for Sony to include Horowitz's HMV recordings (some of the pianist's most significant), given that RCA Victor released quite a few of them stateside on 78s, not to mention the unpublished Horowitz RCA material available from Naxos outside the U.S. Concerning sound quality, nothing appears to be newly transferred from scratch. Instead, each selection is represented by its most recent and/or best-sounding CD remastering.

Documentation is not what it could have been, and tiny errors persist. In his succinct and fair-minded booklet essay Jon Samuels writes that Horowitz didn't play the Carmen Variations after 1968, when in fact the pianist did, most notably at his 1978 White House recital televised by PBS. A chronology of Horowitz's life cites the May 9, 1965 comeback as an evening event; it actually took place in the afternoon. And how Sony will live down the "Carnegey Hall" misspelling on Volume 59's jacket remains to be seen.

In sum, the complete Vladimir Horowitz "original jacket" collection adds up to a modest investment of lasting value for piano lovers who want to explore this unique, controversial, and profoundly influential pianist's body of work in depth.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Notes: Two different performances of this piece are featured in this box set.  
2.
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 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 46 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Two different performances of this piece are featured in this box set. 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in F major, K 332 (300k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Notes: Two different performances of this piece are featured in this box set. 
7.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59: no 3 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Paris, France 
Notes: Two different performances of this piece are featured in this box set.  
8.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 41: no 1 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
9.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 3 in D flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Notes: Two different performances of this piece are featured in this box set.  
10.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 4 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Notes: Three different performances of this piece are featured in this box set. 
11.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
12.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63: no 3 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
13.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 145/Op. 50: no 3 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Notes: Three different performances of this piece are featured in this box set. 
14.
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 
Notes: Two different performances of this piece are featured in this box set.  
15.
Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
16.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 27 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Two different performances of this piece are featured in this box set. 
17.
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 
18.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Notes: Two different performances of this piece are featured in this box set.  
19.
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 
20.
Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 3 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Four different performances of this piece are featured in this box set. 
21.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
22.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano), Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 
23.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
24.
Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
25.
Near the southern shore of the Crimea by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Russia 
Notes: Also known as "By the Water". Arranged by Vladimir Horowitz. 
26.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
27.
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 
28.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
29.
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 
30.
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 
31.
Children's Corner: no 3, Serenade for the Doll by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Notes: Six different performances of this piece are featured in this box set. 
32.
Toccata for Piano in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
33.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Notes: Two different performances of this piece are featured in this box set.  
34.
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 
Notes: Two different performances of this piece are featured in this box set.  
35.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
36.
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 
37.
Années de pèlerinage, première année, S 160 "Suisse": no 4, Au bord d'une source by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1854; Weimar, Germany 
38.
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 
39.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
40.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
41.
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 
42.
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 
43.
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 
44.
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 
45.
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 
Notes: Three different performances of this piece are featured in this box set.  
46.
Variations Sérieuses (17) for Piano in D minor, Op. 54 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
47.
Variations on the Wedding March from Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
48.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
49.
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 
50.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
51.
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 
52.
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
53.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Notes: Two different performances of this piece are featured in this box set. 
54.
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 
Notes: Three different performances of this piece are featured in this box set.  
55.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 
56.
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 
57.
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 
58.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 2 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Hungary 
59.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: 3rd movement, Precipitato by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1942; USSR 
60.
Sonatas (2) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in G minor by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795 
61.
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 
62.
Sonata for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 26 no 2 by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790 
63.
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 
64.
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 
65.
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 
66.
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 
67.
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 
68.
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 
69.
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 
70.
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 
71.
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 
72.
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 
73.
Preludes (6) for Piano, Op. 13: no 6 in G major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; Russia 
74.
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 
75.
Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in G minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Russia 
76.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 51: no 2, Prélude by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Russia 
77.
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 
78.
Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 67: no 1 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 
79.
Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 59: no 2, Prélude by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Russia 
80.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Two different performances of this piece are featured in this box set. 
81.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
82.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 14 "Concert sans orchestre": 4th movement, Quasi variazioni by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835-1836; Germany 
83.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
84.
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 
85.
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 
86.
Sonata for Keyboard no 62 in E flat major, H 16 no 52 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
87.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117: no 2 in B flat minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
88.
Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36: no 6, Etincelles by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
89.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 5 in D major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
90.
Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 22: no 1 in G sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897; Russia 
91.
Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; USA 
92.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
93.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 3 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
94.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 1 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
95.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in C sharp minor, B 91 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
96.
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 
97.
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 
98.
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),  
99.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 31 Minutes 29 Secs. 
100.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
101.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
102.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
103.
Variations for Piano on a Theme by Rode, Op. 33 "La Ricordanza" by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
104.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in F major, K 332 (300k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
105.
Sonatas (2) for Keyboard, Op. 24: no 2 in B flat major - 3rd movement, Rondo by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
106.
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 
107.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
108.
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 
109.
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 
110.
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 
111.
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 
Length: 12 Minutes 07 Secs. 
112.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 
113.
Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
114.
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 
115.
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 
116.
Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
117.
Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 46 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
118.
Dumka for Piano in C minor, Op. 59 "Russian rustic scene" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Russia 
119.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 20/L 375 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
120.
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 
121.
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 
122.
Children's Corner: no 3, Serenade for the Doll by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
123.
Moment exotique "Danse excentrique" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
124.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
125.
Concert Etudes (6) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6, Capriccio in F minor by Ernö von Dohnányi
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Budapest, Hungary 

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 Horowitz finally gets his due - sort of December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "After being released in a piecemeal, disorganized manner for decades, all of Vladimir Horowitz's RCA, Columbia, and Sony recordings are now available in one convenient, budget priced boxed set. (The Deutsche Grammophon recordings are not included, of course, nor are the HMV/EMI.) This set contains some newly issued performances, which I will comment on below. For space reasons, I refer you to my other reviews on Amazon for the previously issued material.

While this 70CD set is not remastered from scratch, this set does use the best existing versions of each recording. As for the RCA recordings, wherever possible, the Gold Seal versions from the 1980s and early 1990s are not being used. For example, the Beethoven Moonlight and Waldstein Sonatas from 1956 utilize the Classics Library master from 2004, which is far superior to the Gold Seal CD that was issued around 1990. Likewise, the 1943 Tchaikovsky Concerto with Toscanini uses the source material that appeared in the 1992 Toscanini Collection, rather than the lower quality version that was used in the Gold Seal CD issued in 1990. There are numerous other examples. For those of you who are wondering, the correct takes for the 1976 Schumann Concerto without Orchestra are used in this issue (a set of outtakes was briefly issued by mistake in 1989).

As to the Columbia recordings, Sony is using the same remasterings that were used for the blue boxed set in 1993. (The sole exception is the 1962 Kinderszenen which was remastered in 2003.) In the 1969 Kreisleriana, the (wrong) takes that were issued on the 1993 boxed set and every CD since are used again here. So, hang on to your LPs and the MK42409 CDs if you still have them.

As with other Original Jacket issues, the cover art from the original LPs (or, in a few cases, CDs) is used. The original programming is also strictly being adhered to, which has not always been the case with this series. The advantage is that Horowitz's programming concepts are respected (and Horowitz was a master at building a contrasted and interesting program). The disadvantage is that the playing time for most of these CDs is short. However, at budget price, I'm not complaining. Some trivia: in the early LP era, RCA issued both 10" and 12" LPs, depending on the playing time of the program. For this set, only the 12" LPs are used, with one exception: the Brahms Violin Sonata with Milstein, which was originally issued as a 10" record and only appeared on a 12" LP decades after the fact. Also, none of the 45RPM issues are being used (RCA had issued 45s as a transition between 78RPMs and LPs).

One CD includes assorted RCA recordings that were never issued on LP. This includes both the 1928 and the 1957 expanded version of Horowitz's Carmen Fantasy. The Chopin Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4 from 1975 that was issued on the Japanese version only of Horowitz Rediscovered is likewise included. Also, two CDs have the contents of Horowitz in Concert - 1967-1968 and Discovered Treasures, combined with two short Debussy works that were released in 1993.

Now, some information on the two "new" recitals: both the 1951 and 1967 recitals show Horowitz in excellent form and are valuable additions to his discography - though there is no new repertoire in either recital. The sound for the 1951 recital is mixed, because two different sources are being used: RCA's tapes of the recital and 33 1/3 RPM discs that were made for Horowitz's review. Both the taped and disc items sound cleaner than those in the Private Collection recordings. Mozart's K. 333 Sonata is a radically different (and more musicologically "correct") interpretation than the pianist's 1987 performances - yet I find the later recordings more pleasurable to listen to. Prokofiev's Seventh Sonata is thundering and compelling, similar in conception to Horowitz's 1945 studio recording, but with the added adrenaline he invariably put into his live performances. The Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 illustrates one of Horowitz's unique attributes: he could play "cool" and "hot" at the same time. The ending to this piece defines the word climactic.

The 1967 recital from Brooklyn College is in spectacular sound - indeed it sounds more like the Horowitz I heard live than many of his digital recordings. Horowitz plays the music (including Beethoven's Sonata, Op. 101, five Scarlatti Sonatas, Chopin and Rachmaninoff) in much the same manner as his existing Columbia recordings. Two exceptions are Chopin's Barcarolle, which is played tenderly and in contrast to his other rather tempestuous recordings, and Horowitz's own Carmen Variations, which has a different coda. Both the 1951 and 1967 recordings are unedited, so this is the real Horowitz without any interference: imperfect and utterly compelling.

Where this set falls short is documentation. While the liner notes are reproduced on the back of the mini-LP jackets, you'll need a magnifying glass to read them - and not all the LPs had notes. The 200 page booklet includes track listings, recording dates (some of which are not accurate), another photo of each LP cover, a perceptive essay on Horowitz by Jon Samuels, and a chronology of Horowitz's life. The chronology contains errors, and there is a humorous misspelling on one of the LP jackets. The track listing of Volume 55 does not match the contents of the disc. (I detect the work of interns.) It's not realistic these days to expect that Sony/BMG can give Horowitz the red carpet treatment that Arthur Rubinstein was accorded in 1999 (although Horowitz certainly deserves it), but is it too much to ask for adequate and accurate documentation? The above complaints demote this set from five stars to four.

One further note: The Horowitz material issued in 2009, including the 1986 Berlin Concert and the two Private Collection recitals (an additional CD is planned for 2010) are not included in this set. 2009 is the twentieth anniversary of Horowitz's death. It's nice to know he hasn't been forgotten.

ADDENDUM: This set won the 2010 Gramophone Award for Historic CD Reissue.
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