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Horowitz Vol I - The Studio Recordings 1962-1963


Release Date: 07/19/1994 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 53457   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinSergei RachmaninovRobert SchumannFranz Liszt,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
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 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 22 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded April 18, April 24, May 9, and May 14, 1962. 
2.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 2 in C major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded April 18, April 24, May 9, and May 14, 1962. 
3.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 5 in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded April 18, April 24, May 9, and May 14, 1962. 
4.
Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded April 18, April 24, May 9, and May 14, 1962. 
5.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 18 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded November 6, November 13, November 29, and December 18, 1962. 
6.
Toccata for Piano in C major, Op. 7 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Germany 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded November 6, November 13, November 29, and December 18, 1962. 
7.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 19 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 9 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Vladimir Horowitz
Selection recorded April 18, April 24, May 9, and May 14, 1962. 
8.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 531/L 430 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded November 6, November 13, November 29, and December 18, 1962. 
9.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 322/L 483 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded November 6, November 13, November 29, and December 18, 1962. 
10.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 455/L 209 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded November 6, November 13, November 29, and December 18, 1962. 
11.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1963 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 18 Minutes 21 Secs. 
12.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded November 6, November 13, November 29, and December 18, 1962. 
13.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 12 in C minor, B 67 "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1963 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
14.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/14/1963 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
15.
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: 11/14/1963 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs. 
16.
Préludes, Book 2: no 4, Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1963 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
17.
Préludes, Book 2: no 1, Broulliards by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1963 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
18.
Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 32: no 1 in F sharp major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded November 6, November 13, November 29, and December 18, 1962. 
19.
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 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded November 6, November 13, November 29, and December 18, 1962. 
20.
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 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded November 6, November 13, November 29, and December 18, 1962. 
21.
Préludes, Book 2: no 6, General Lavine - eccentric by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1963 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Grave - Doppio movimento
II. Scherzo
III. Marche funèbre. Lento
IV. Finale. Presto
Étude-Tableau in C major, Op. 33, No. 2; Allegro
Étude-Tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 39, No. 5; Appassionato
Arabeske in C major, Op. 18; Leicht und zart
1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
2. Kuriose Geschichte
3. Hasche-Mann
4. Bittendes Kind
5. Glückes genug
6. Wichtige Begebenheit
7. Träumerei
8. Am Kamin
9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
10. Fast zu ernst
11. Fürchtenmachen
12. Kind im Einschlummern
13. Der Dichter spricht
Toccata in C major, Op. 7; Allegro
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 19 in D minor; Lento patetico
Sonata in E Major, K. 531 (L. 430); Allegro
Allegro from Sonata in A Major, K. 322 (L. 483)
Allegro from Sonata in G Major, K. 455 (L. 209)
I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Rondo. Allegro
Andante from Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 90. No. 3
Étude in C minor, Op. 10. No. 12; Allegro con fuoco
Étude in C-sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 7; Lento
Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
IV. ...Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses Rapide et léger
V. ...Bruyerès. Calme
VI. ...General Lavine - eccentric. Dans le style et le Mouvement d'un Cake-Walk
Poeme in F-sharp Major, Op. 32, No. 1; Andante cantabile
Étude in C-sharp minor, Op. 2, No. 1; Andante
Étude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12; Patetico

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Horowitz at his Musical and Technical Prime December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Volume One of Sony's reissue of Vladimir Horowitz's Complete Columbia Masterworks Recordings contains studio recordings from 1962-63. His first three LPs for Columbia (Columbia Presents Vladimir Horowitz, The Sound of Horowitz, and In His First Recordings of...) were conceived as mini-recitals and have been carefully resequenced to fill two CDs.

By 1962, Horowitz had not performed in public for nine years. Frustrated with the repertoire restrictions, poor sound and lack of marketing he was receiving from RCA, he abandoned Little Nipper and signed on with Columbia Masterworks, headed by the legendary Goddard Lieberson. Thomas Frost was assigned as Horowitz's producer, and the two clicked immediately. The fine results they obtained can be heard here.

For decades Horowitz had a problematic relationship with Chopin's Second Sonata. A 1936 attempt to record the piece was aborted due to the pianist's first nervous breakdown (the first movement survives). Horowitz's 1950 recording for RCA is a bizarre collection of details, with a Funeral March that sounds like a Russian boat song on steroids. This 1962 recording is highly successful, however. Horowitz is obviously on top of the piece, technically, with his spare pedaling highlighting Chopin's use of counterpoint. The Funeral March is, for once, played with a crisp rhythm, the central section exquisitely balanced. He performed this work several times in the 1970s, but not as convincingly. The other Chopin works fare as well, including a passionate "Revolutionary" Etude and a tightly controlled B-minor Scherzo with a characteristically Horowitzian touch: Interlocking octaves replace Chopin's chromatic scales in the coda.

Schumann was Horowitz's favorite German composer. Here we have a swift Arabeske, painted in delicate watercolors, and a reflective Kinderscenen, featuring some remarkable voicing. Less successful is the Toccata, which is pianistically unstable and was spliced together virtually bar-by-bar (this remastering smoothes out the edits much better than previous issues).

Horowitz was less fond of Beethoven. He admired the Master's musical ideas and architecture, but was frustrated by Beethoven's piano writing, and many of Horowitz's Beethoven recordings are not convincing--although none could be classified as "bad." This version of the Pathétique (the only Sonata named by Beethoven himself) is one of the best ones, with a perfectly paced opening movement, a beautifully weighted Andante, and an unrushed Finale. Likewise with the lovingly voiced Schubert Impromptu, which is a great improvement over his 1953 recording which was performed in the wrong key!

Horowitz seldom played Debussy and recorded no Ravel. One wonders why, listening to the three Debussy Preludes from Book II included here. Horowitz's ability to control the lower levels of dynamics, playing soft-softer-softest, and his deft tone painting suit this music perfectly.

Of course, no Horowitz recital would be complete without Scarlatti, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. The three Scarlatti Sonatas document Horowitz's increasing concern with authenticity, coupled with his ability to play with infinite grades of detachment and color. The Rachmaninoff and Scriabin illustrate Horowitz's huge dynamic range and unique understanding of Russian rhetoric.

Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 19 is a rather monotonous piece in the original version, but Horowitz's arrangement of it here unquestionably improves the piece. Not only is the work more spectacular with Horowitz's additions, but the pianist's editing makes the structure more coherent. This was originally the last piece on the first LP he made for Columbia, and it's obvious his intent was to show that although he had mellowed and matured, he could still play "like Horowitz" when he chose. He proved his point.

These recordings were produced at Columbia's legendary 30th Street Studio (actually a converted church) and the "360-degree" sound was widely praised in its day. The remastering has opened up the dynamics, and brought forth a fuller, more natural sound, reducing noise without overly capping the high frequencies. "
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