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Horowitz - Legendary Rca Recordings


Release Date: 11/04/2003 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 56052   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskySergei RachmaninovVladimir HorowitzFrédéric Chopin,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Conductor:  Arturo ToscaniniFritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony OrchestraRCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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This disc contains both DDD and ADD recordings.
This disc contains both stereo and monaural recordings.
This disc contains both DDD and ADD recordings.
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Works on This Recording

1.
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 
Date of Recording: 1941 
Length: 29 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1875). 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Length: 37 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1947 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4.
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 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Length: 11 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
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 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
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: 1949 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
7.
Sonatas (4) for Keyboard, Op. 12: no 2 in E flat major - 3rd movement, Rondo by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1784; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
8.
Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110: no 2, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 11 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9.
Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36: no 6, Etincelles by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Presto for Piano in B flat major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Date of Recording: 1947 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
11.
Toccata for Piano in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1947 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
12.
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: 1977 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
13.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 184/L 189 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
14.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 101/L 494 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
15.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
16.
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 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
17.
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 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
18.
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 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Length: 0 Minutes 44 Secs. 
19.
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: 1982 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
20.
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 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: The 4th movement from Sonata No. 3 "Quasi variazioni" is sometimes referred to as the "Clara Wieck Variations" being based on an Andantino melody by Clara Wieck. 

Sound Samples

Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
Andantino simplice
Allegro con fuoco
Allegro ma non tanto
Intermezzo: Adagio
Finale: Alla breve
Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op. 61 in A-Flat
Träumerei
Op. 48, No. 3 in D-Flat
Op. 11, No. 13 in G-Flat
Op. 15, No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor
Étincelles, Op. 36, No. 6
Mazurka, Op. 30, No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor
Variations on a Theme from "Carmen"
Toccata, Op. 11
Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 in E-Flat
Rondo
Presto in B-Flat
Prelude in G, Op. 32 No. 5
Quasi variazioni: Andantino de Clara Wieck
Sonata in F Minor, Kk.184, L.189: Allegro
Sonata in A, Kk.101, L.494: Allegro
Mephisto Waltz
Etude in D-Sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 12

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 newly remastered, it's a secret! April 29, 2014 By Joseph A S. (richmond, TX) See All My Reviews "These are not new recordings. I've own ed the Tchaikovsky Concerto, recorded 1941, since I was a child, first on the original 78s, an LP reissue, a CD and a download. Sound quality among the various incarnations has been mixed. This CD is not new either, but what sets this one apart is that this is the first time the thing has been completely remastered from metal parts, yielding a significant improvement in sound quality. It's still a 1941 recording, but it isn't going to get much better than this. But does RCA say anything about this advancement? No, of course not, that might help increase sales. Who would want to do that? I only found out about it recently. I quickly added it to my collection, and very glad I did." Report Abuse
 2 Discs of Stunning Piano Playing December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "RCA has been digging through their vaults during the Horowitz centennial year, and they've come up with some treasures. The Tchaikovsky First Concerto presented here, from 1941, was a best seller in its day and has retained its legendary status. Toscanini draws first class playing from his orchestra, and despite Horowitz's superstar status, it's clearly the conductor who's calling the interpretive shots. Toscanini considered his son in law to be the world's greatest pianist, and listening to this recording, it's easy to understand why. Horowitz's contribution includes stupendous, sizzling octaves, ferocious excitement, and a sensitively phrased second movement. Although there are other versions of this concerto which offer greater musical nourishment (including a Horowitz recording with Szell from 1953), this remains the most viscerally exciting Tchaikovsky First on disc. Vladimir Horowitz made three "official" recordings of Rachmaninoff's formidable Third Concerto. There are wonderful things in the 1930 recording with Coates, but that performance was severely cut. The 1978 version with Ormandy is also marvelous in its own way, but this 1951 studio recording with Reiner was Horowitz's high water mark in this piece. From the beautiful chord weighting of the first movement to the knife-edge staccato in the Finale, Horowitz is simply untouchable. There are a few cuts here, but not as severe as the version with Coates or Rachmaninoff's 1939 recording with Ormandy. Reiner is a sympathetic collaborator and draws some virtuoso playing from the pickup orchestra. The recording balance favors the piano, but Horowitz's dazzling virtuosity and clarity deserve to be highlighted. On the whole, this is my favorite Rachmaninoff Third on CD. The G major prelude, recorded in 1977, is more lovingly played here than the more casual 1986 version recorded in Moscow. Disc 2 comprises solo works with which Horowitz was identified. More of Horowitz's recordings are devoted to Chopin than any other composer. He performed the Polonaise-Fantasy in concert back when most pianists were loath to perform such an abstract work. This live 1951 performance tends to be harsh and over-driven, and lacks the poetry and cohesion of his later 1966 concert performance. Both the Mazurka and Nocturne feature flexible tempos and sensitive phrasing. Scriabin, once called the "Russian Chopin," also features prominently in Horowitz's repertoire. The four pieces here are played with the sensuality and demonism that the music demands, but seldom receives. Somewhat less successful is Liszt's Mephisto Waltz (recorded in concert in 1979): demonic it is, but with many technical baubles. Until his 1953 retirement, Horowitz was one of the foremost exponents of 20th Century repertoire. He gave the US premieres of Prokofiev's "War" Sonatas, and the World premiere of Barber's Sonata. The stunning, driven performance of the Prokofiev Toccata is contrasted with the elegant, witty playing of Poulenc's Presto. The Clementi, Schumann, and Bizet pieces are wonderful examples of Horowitz doing what he did best, tossing off piano music with electric elegance, and the occasional bit of divine madness. This new remastering by Jon Samuels is a considerable improvement over RCA's earlier transfers." Report Abuse
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