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Horowitz - The Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon


Release Date: 11/16/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001491202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachWolfgang Amadeus MozartFrédéric ChopinFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Here is the perfect gift box for the holidays: the complete set of Vladimir Horowitz’s DG recordings in a single box, including Horowitz in Hamburg from 2008 and three bonus tracks only previously available on the compilation The Magic of Horowitz. Here is the perfect gift box for the holidays: the complete set of Vladimir Horowitz’s DG recordings in a single box, including Horowitz in Hamburg from 2008 and three bonus tracks only previously available on the compilation The Magic of Horowitz. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangement: Ferruccio Busoni 
2. Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 
Date of Recording: 4/1985 
Venue:  New York City 
3. 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 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 4 in A flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
6. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 3 in D flat major, Lento placido by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
7. Novelletten (8) for Piano, Op. 21: no 1 in F major by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 4/1985 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
9. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2: no 1, Etude in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887-1889; Russia 
Date of Recording: 4/1985 
Venue:  New York 
10. 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 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 
11. 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 
Date of Recording: 04/1985 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
12. Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 31 Minutes 11 Secs. 
13. Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 87/L 33 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
14. Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 135/L 224 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
15. Impromptu for Piano in F sharp major, S 191 "Nocturne" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
16. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2: no 1, Etude in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887-1889; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Live Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
17. 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 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
18. 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 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
19. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142: no 3 in B flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 
20. Military Marches (3) for Piano 4 hands, D 733/Op. 51: no 1 in D major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
21. Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
22. Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 16 Minutes 57 Secs. 
23. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
24. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 5 in G major, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
25. Soirées de Vienne (9) after Schubert, S 427: no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 4/1986 
Venue:  Live Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
26. 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 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
27. 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 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
28. 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 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
29. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
30. Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36: no 6, Etincelles by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
31. Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R." by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911 
Date of Recording: 04/1986 
Venue:  Live  Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
32. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1987 
Venue:  Abanella Studio, Milan, Italy 
Length: 23 Minutes 48 Secs. 
33. Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783-1784; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1987 
Venue:  Abanella Studio, Milan, Italy 
Length: 26 Minutes 25 Secs. 
34. Sonata for Piano no 3 in B flat major, K 281 (189f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1986-89 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 17 Minutes 39 Secs. 
35. Adagio for Piano in B minor, K 540 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986-89 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 55 Secs. 
36. Rondo for Piano no 1 in D major, K 485 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986-89 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
37. Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 3 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
38. Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 4, Am Meer by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1986-89 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
39. Soirées de Vienne (9) after Schubert, S 427: no 7 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1986-89 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
40. Soirées de Vienne (9) after Schubert, S 427: no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1986-89 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs. 
41. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 39 Minutes 0 Secs. 
42. Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 17 Minutes 2 Secs. 
43. Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36: no 6, Etincelles by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 6/1987 
Venue:  Live Grosser Saal, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
44. Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 3 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 6/1987 
Venue:  Live Grosser Saal, Hamburg, Germany 
45. 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 
Date of Recording: 6/1987 
Venue:  Live Grosser Saal, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 29 Secs. 
46. 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 
Date of Recording: 6/1987 
Venue:  Live Grosser Saal, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
47. Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 6/1987 
Venue:  Live Grosser Saal, Hamburg, Germany 
48. Soirées de Vienne (9) after Schubert, S 427: no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 6/1987 
Venue:  Live Grosser Saal, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
49. Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783-1784; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 6/1987 
Venue:  Live Grosser Saal, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 0 Secs. 
50. Rondo for Piano no 1 in D major, K 485 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 6/1987 
Venue:  Live Grosser Saal, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 - Transcribed for piano Ferruccio Busoni
Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330: 1. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330: 2. Andante cantabile
Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330: 3. Allegretto
Mazurka No.13 in A minor Op.17 No.4
Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op.20
4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899: No.4 in A flat: Allegretto
6 Consolations, S. 172: No. 3 in D flat major (Lento, placido)
Noveletten, Op.21: No.1 in F (Markiert und kräftig)
Prélude in G sharp minor, Op.32, No.12
Etude in C sharp minor, Op.2, No.1
Polonaise No.6 in A flat, Op.53 -"Heroic"
Etude in F major, op.72, no.6
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 1. Äusserst bewegt
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 2. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch - Intermezzo I (Sehr lebhaft) - Tempo I - Intermezzo II (Etwas bewegter) - Tempo I
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 3. Sehr aufgeregt
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 4. Sehr langsam
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 5. Sehr lebhaft
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 6. Sehr langsam
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 7. Sehr rasch
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 8. Schnell und spielend
Sonata in B minor, K.87
Sonata in E major, K.135
Impromptu ("Nocturne"), 1872
Valse oubliée No.1 in F sharp, S.215
12 Etudes for piano, Op.8: No. 12 in D sharp minor
Impromptu in B flat, D.935 No.3
3 marches militaires, D.733 (Op.51): No. 1 in D flat

Customer Reviews

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 Radiant and Ravishing December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "The Vladimir Horowitz who emerged from retirement in 1985 was a very different pianist and musician than the one who had disappeared in 1983. Long gone were the leonine fortissimos and hysteria of the 1940s; also purged was the eccentricity that became a dominating factor in the 1970s. Horowitz had replaced these with a new balance and simplicity. He was never a puritan thank goodness, but "controlled freedom" (as Harold Schonberg phrased it) became the hallmark of the playing of Horowitz's last few years. The highlights of this set are too numerous to list in toto, but a few standouts are 1985's Kreisleriana, much of the Moscow recital, Mozart's Sonatas K. 281 and 333, and the Schubert-Liszt works - especially Standchen, which may well be Horowitz's best post-1980 recording. Other recordings fall into a middle ground: Mozart's K. 330 Sonata (the live 1986 slightly preferable to the dryish 1985 version), and the K. 488 Concerto with Giulini (demoted from a top recommendation due to the non-descript, tonally un-alluring orchestra). Schubert's D. 960 Sonata, rejected by Horowitz and issued posthumously, is a fussy, contrived performance that should have remained in the vault as the pianist wished. Unavoidably, in view of the varying locations, the quality of recorded sound varies: from the constricted, dry sonority of The Last Romantic to the atmospheric quality of the 1985 Studio Recordings. Most occupy a middle ground - clearly focused, but far from the "microphone in the piano" sound of RCA's late 1970s recordings. This set comes with reproductions of the original front and back covers (DG uses the LP version if the album was originally issued on LP [the first three DG albums were deluxe gatefold presentations, which are not reproduced], otherwise the CD version) and perceptive notes by Jed Distler. Also, unlike DG's earlier Horowitz box, this includes the 1987 Hamburg recital (Horowitz's last) along with a few more posthumously released items. On the whole, a great set, if you can get past the tacky cover photo." Report Abuse
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