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Legendary RCA Recordings: Vladimir Horowitz

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
These are indeed legendary recordings. Vladimir Horowitz's 1941 Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto, bristling with energy and virtuosity, has long been the benchmark version of this well-known work, despite the antiquated and constricted sound quality. This shortcoming is quickly forgiven, however, as Horowitz and conductor Arturo Toscanini the pianist's father-in-law, as it happens match each other for high-octane thrills in an unforgettably vivid performance. Likewise, Horowitz's 1951 Rachmaninoff Third with Fritz Reiner, in somewhat better sound and with just as much blistering energy, won't soon be forgotten, another yardstick interpretation by which all others are ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
These are indeed legendary recordings. Vladimir Horowitz's 1941 Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto, bristling with energy and virtuosity, has long been the benchmark version of this well-known work, despite the antiquated and constricted sound quality. This shortcoming is quickly forgiven, however, as Horowitz and conductor Arturo Toscanini the pianist's father-in-law, as it happens match each other for high-octane thrills in an unforgettably vivid performance. Likewise, Horowitz's 1951 Rachmaninoff Third with Fritz Reiner, in somewhat better sound and with just as much blistering energy, won't soon be forgotten, another yardstick interpretation by which all others are measured. Horowitz owned this concerto -- no other pianist has yet posed a serious challenge -- and this is the finest of his three recorded versions. The second disc offers a generous collection of showpieces for solo piano that were favorite encores on Horowitz's recitals -- brief works by Chopin, Schumann, Scriabin, and others, recorded between the late '40s and early '80s. The Horowitz centenary has brought a trove of commemorative releases 2003 saw the 100th anniversary of his birth, including Sony's reissue of the famous 1965 Carnegie Hall recital, presented for the first time unedited; Deutsche Grammophon's compendium of late-life recordings, The Magic of Horowitz; and RCA's Horowitz Rediscovered, the premiere release of a 1975 recital. This set, offered at a two-for-one price, presents more treats from RCA's vaults, and with truly the cream of the crop of Horowitz's concerto recordings, makes a fine addition to any collection.
Courier-Post - Robert Baxter
Horowitz dazzles the ear with the brilliance of his playing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765605229
  • Catalog Number: 56052
  • Sales rank: 37,150

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in B flat minor, Op. 23 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Vladimir Horowitz (29:28)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 - Vladimir Horowitz & Sergey Rachmaninov (37:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Polonaise-fantasy for piano in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Horowitz (11:29)
  2. 2 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Vladimir Horowitz & Robert Schumann (2:53)
  3. 3 Prelude for piano in D flat major, Op. 48/3 - Vladimir Horowitz & Alexander Scriabin (0:58)
  4. 4 Prelude for piano in G flat major, Op. 11/13 - Vladimir Horowitz & Alexander Scriabin (1:48)
  5. 5 Prelude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 15/2 - Vladimir Horowitz & Alexander Scriabin (0:48)
  6. 6 Étincelles, for piano, Op 36/6 - Moritz Moszkowski & Vladimir Horowitz (2:14)
  7. 7 Mazurka for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 30/4, CT. 71 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Horowitz (3:46)
  8. 8 Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen, " for piano - Vladimir Horowitz & Vladimir Horowitz (3:37)
  9. 9 Toccata for piano in C major, Op. 11 - Vladimir Horowitz & Sergey Prokofiev (4:04)
  10. 10 Nocturne for piano in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Horowitz (4:27)
  11. 11 Capriccio for piano in C major, Op. 47/2: Rondo - Muzio Clementi & Vladimir Horowitz (3:40)
  12. 12 Presto for piano in B flat major, FP 70 - Vladimir Horowitz & Francis Poulenc (1:25)
  13. 13 Prelude for piano No.16 in G major, Op. 32/5 - Vladimir Horowitz & Sergey Rachmaninov (3:25)
  14. 14 Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor ("Concerto Without Orchestra"), Op. 14: Wieck Variations - Vladimir Horowitz & Robert Schumann (8:17)
  15. 15 Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 184 (L. 189) - Vladimir Horowitz & Domenico Scarlatti (2:05)
  16. 16 Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 101 (L. 494) - Vladimir Horowitz & Domenico Scarlatti (2:26)
  17. 17 Mephisto Waltz (I & II), for piano No. 1 (Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke), S. 514 (LW A189) - Vladimir Horowitz & Franz Liszt (11:54)
  18. 18 Etude for piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8/12 - Vladimir Horowitz & Alexander Scriabin (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vladimir Horowitz Primary Artist
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