Vladimir Horowitz - The Great Comeback

Release Date: 8/23/2019
Label: Masterworks
Catalog Number: 19075935332
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 15

Physical Format:

CD
In Stock
$99.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

After an absence of twelve years, Vladimir Horowitz's return to the concert stage was one of New York s most exciting musical events. It was Sunday, May 9, 1965, when the great pianist stepped onto the stage of Carnegie Hall, greeted by a shouting, standing ovation. It was his first public performance since he had left the same stage on February 25, 1953. The recording of his recital would be awarded with three Grammy® Awards and become one of the most successful classical albums.

In the months before the historic day of May 9, Horowitz went to Carnegie Hall twice in January, twice in April to play for his wife and close friends, before he decided he was ready to perform publicly. Columbia Masterworks recorded these intimate private recitals, as well as his subsequent rehearsals for his return in 1966, on tape, and they have remained almost entirely unreleased for more than 50 years. The present edition invites the listener to enter the circle of the few Horowitz confidants who attended these events in the darkened, almost deserted hall: We hear Horowitz enjoying the freedom of improvisation in previously unheard, sparkling performances, his complete recordings in the brilliant sound of the concert hall, and many witty conversations recorded in an intimate working atmosphere.

The 212-page photo book contains a vast collection of previously unseen photos by Don Hunstein, three new essays by Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page, pianist Jed Distler and Horowitz scholar Bernard Horowitz, as well as facsimile images and full transcriptions of the conversations.

CONTENTS:

- CD 1: Rehearsal January 7, 1965, Carnegie Hall*
- CD 2: Rehearsal January 13, 1965, Carnegie Hall*
- CD 3: Recording Session, January 26, 1965, Columbia 30th Street Studio*
- CD 4: Rehearsal April 7, 1965, Carnegie Hall*
- CD 5/6: Rehearsal April 14, 1965, Carnegie Hall*
- CD 7/8: Recital May 9, 1965, Carnegie Hall An Historic Return **
- CD 9: Rehearsal, November 9, 1965, Carnegie Hall Blackout Concert * / Recording Session, May 18, 1966, Columbia 30th Street Studio*
- CD 10/11: Rehearsal April 5, 1966: Carnegie Hall*
- CD 12/13: Recital April 17, 1966: Carnegie Hall**
- CD 14/15: Interview with Abram Chasins, June 1965* * previously unreleased ** (remastered)

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REVIEW:

In many key respects listening to these 15 discs is tantamount to enjoying ‘fly-on-the-wall’ access to Horowitz’s rehearsal methods, his way with alternate takes, his personality – by turns skittish and seriously focused – his childlike excitement and his endearing candour…Most of the playing is truly fabulous. It’s a priceless set, one to savor repeatedly.

– Gramophone

Works on This Recording
1. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1717 ; ?Weimar, Germany
2. 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
3. Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 2: no 11, Pour les arpèges composées by Claude Debussy
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; France
4. Fantasy in C-Major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Germany
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. Fantasy in C-Major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Germany
9. Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 1: no 6, Pour les huits doigts by Claude Debussy
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; France
10. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 3 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843 ; Paris, France
11. Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831-1835 ;
12. 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
13. 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
14. Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831-1835 ;
15. 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
16. 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
17. 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
18. 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
19. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1717 ; ?Weimar, Germany
20. Fantasy in C-Major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Germany
21. Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
22. 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
23. Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130: no 2 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1839 ; Paris, France
24. 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
25. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 8 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829 ; Poland
26. 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
27. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1717 ; ?Weimar, Germany
28. Fantasy in C-Major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Germany
29. 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
30. 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
31. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 8 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829 ; Poland
32. 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
33. 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
34. 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
35. 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
36. Children's Corner: no 3, Serenade for the Doll by Claude Debussy
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906-1908 ; France
37. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1717 ; ?Weimar, Germany
38. Fantasy in C-Major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Germany
39. 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
40. 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
41. 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
42. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 8 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829 ; Poland
43. Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831-1835 ;
44. Children's Corner: no 3, Serenade for the Doll by Claude Debussy
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906-1908 ; France
45. 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
46. 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
47. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Germany
48. Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 101/L 494 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
49. Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 466/L 118 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
50. Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 455/L 209 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
51. 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
52. Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913 ; Russia
53. Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1781-1783 ; Vienna, Austria
54. Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 481/L 187 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
55. Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
56. Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1781-1783 ; Vienna, Austria
57. Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913 ; Russia
58. 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
59. Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Poland
60. Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
61. 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
62. 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
63. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 9 in D major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1916-1917 ; Russia
64. Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 481/L 187 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
65. Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
66. Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1781-1783 ; Vienna, Austria
67. Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913 ; Russia
68. 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
69. 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
70. Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Poland
71. 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
72. 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
73. 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
74. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 9 in D major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1916-1917 ; Russia
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