Original Jacket Collection: Vladimir Horowitz

The Original Jacket Collection: Vladimir Horowitz

by Vladimir Horowitz
     
 
This attractive ten-CD set presents nine of Vladimir Horowitz's albums -- complete with miniature facsimiles of the original jackets -- from one of the legendary pianist's most productive periods. In 1962, Horowitz signed with CBS Masterworks (with whom he remained until 1973, when he returned to RCA) and in the ensuing years

Overview

This attractive ten-CD set presents nine of Vladimir Horowitz's albums -- complete with miniature facsimiles of the original jackets -- from one of the legendary pianist's most productive periods. In 1962, Horowitz signed with CBS Masterworks (with whom he remained until 1973, when he returned to RCA) and in the ensuing years produced a series of notable recordings, by general consensus his best -- from 1962's Columbia Records Presents Vladimir Horowitz to Horowitz Plays Scriabin ten years later. The first few are mixed-bag collections, focusing -- naturally -- on the Romantic repertoire. The later albums, though, concentrate on individual composers, beginning with the celebrated Horowitz Plays Scarlatti from 1964 and continuing with programs of works by Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and the 1972 Scriabin disc that completes the set. Horowitz's best-known album from the period, however, was surely the live recording of his sensational return to Carnegie Hall after a 12-year performing hiatus -- the hottest ticket of 1965. That performance is the stuff of legend, made all the more vivid by the story of Horowitz's wife, Wanda, daughter of Arturo Toscanini, buying coffee for the crowd waiting eagerly outside the hall through a damp and blustery New York night, rock-concert-style, to snatch up the available tickets. At the onset of the recital, thunderous applause gives way in an instant to hushed, reverential silence as Horowitz launches into an arch-Romantic account of a Bach/Busoni Toccata. It's not a flawless performance, but that is utterly beside the point. This was an event. Indeed, there is a time-capsule feeling to this collection: Few pianists today capture the public's imagination as Horowitz did (Martha Argerich comes closest), and by re-creating the original "artifacts," this collection offers a taste of a time when virtuoso pianists seemed more of the essence. An earlier 13-disc set, released by Sony in 1993, assembled Horowitz's complete CBS Masterworks recordings, but it didn't present them with the same degree of authenticity. You'll get more music with that collection, but this one -- at half the price and with an accompanying book that includes the original liner notes -- is the set to savor.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998976528
catalogNumber:
89765
Rank:
50495

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sonata for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT 202

    1. Grave - Doppio movimento  (05:27)
    2. Scherzo  (06:51)
    3. Marche funebre  (07:46)
    4. Finale: Presto  (01:28)
  2. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 33: No. 2 in C major

    1. No. 2 in C major  (02:28)
  3. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 5 in E flat minor

    1. No. 5 in E flat minor  (04:44)
  4. Davidsbündlertanz No. 18 (Nicht schnell), for piano in C major, Op. 6/18  (06:39)
  5. Hungarian Rhapsody (after Ábrányi, Csárdás nobles), for piano No. 19 in D minor, S. 244/19 (LW A132/19) - transcribed by Horowitz, Vladimir  (09:43)

Disc 2

  1. Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15

    1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen  (01:32)
    2. Curiose Geschichte  (01:09)
    3. Hasche-Mann  (00:36)
    4. Bittendes Kind  (00:54)
    5. Gluckes genug  (00:48)
    6. Wichtige Bebebenheit  (00:48)
    7. Traumerei  (02:54)
    8. Am Camin  (01:07)
    9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd  (00:39)
    10. Fast zu ernst  (01:43)
    11. Furchtenmachen  (01:43)
    12. Kind im Einschlummern  (01:47)
    13. Der Dichter spricht  (02:07)
  2. Toccata for piano in C major, Op. 7  (06:24)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 531 (L. 430)  (03:15)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 322 (L. 483)  (03:32)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 455 (L. 209)  (03:11)
  6. Impromptus (4) for piano, D. 899 (Op. 90): No. 3 in G flat major

    1. No. 3 in G flat major  (05:49)
  7. Poèmes (2) for piano, Op. 32: No. 1 in F sharp major

    1. No. 1 in F sharp major  (03:03)
  8. Etude for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 2/1  (03:06)
  9. Etude for piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8/12  (02:09)

Disc 3

  1. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique") Op. 13

    1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio  (08:36)
    2. Andante cantabile  (05:26)
    3. Rondo, Allegro  (04:30)
  2. Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses, prelude for piano, L. 123/4  (03:11)
  3. Bruyères, prelude for piano, L. 123/5  (02:46)
  4. Général Lavine, eccentric, prelude for piano, L. 123/6  (02:37)
  5. Etude for piano in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT 25  (02:39)
  6. Etude for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 25/7, CT 32  (05:42)
  7. Scherzo for piano No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20, CT 197  (08:30)

Disc 4

  1. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 33 (L. 424)  (02:50)
  2. Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 54 (L. 241)  (04:07)
  3. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 525 (L. 188)  (02:23)
  4. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 466 (L. 118)  (04:57)
  5. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 146 (L. 349)  (02:46)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 96 (L. 465) "La caccia"  (04:22)
  7. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 162 (L. 21)  (05:19)
  8. Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, K. 474 (L. 203)  (04:40)
  9. Sonata for keyboard in E minor, K. 198 (L. 22)  (02:46)
  10. Sonata for keyboard in D major, K. 491 (L. 164)  (03:56)
  11. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 481 (L. 187)  (05:09)
  12. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 39 (L. 391)  (02:30)

Disc 5

  1. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, for organ in C major, BWV 564 (BC J36)

    1. Toccata  (06:57)
    2. Adagio  (05:18)
    3. Fugue  (05:15)
  2. Fantasie (Obolen auf Beethovens Monument) for piano in C major, Op. 17

    1. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen  (12:34)
    2. Massig, Durchaus energisch  (07:56)
    3. Langsam getragen, Durchwegleise zu halten  (10:14)

Disc 6

  1. Piano Sonata No. 9 in F major ("Black Mass"), Op. 68  (09:20)
  2. Poème for piano in F sharp major, Op. 32/1  (03:33)
  3. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 30, CT 68-71: No. 4 in C sharp minor

    1. No. 4 in C sharp minor  (03:56)
  4. Etude for piano in F major, Op. 10/8, CT 21  (02:37)
  5. Ballade for piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT 2 (Four Ballades)  (08:50)
  6. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113: No. 3, Serenade For The Doll

    1. No. 3, Serenade For The Doll  (03:23)
  7. Etude for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 2/1  (03:10)
  8. Etude for piano in A flat major, Op. 72/11  (01:38)
  9. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7  (02:57)

Disc 7

  1. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor ("Concerto Without Orchestra"), Op. 14: Variations on a theme by Clara Wieck

    1. Variations on a theme by Clara Wieck  (07:23)
  2. Kreisleriana, 8 fantasies for piano, Op. 16

    1. Ausserst bewegt  (02:34)
    2. Sehr innig  (07:02)
    3. Sehr aufgeregt  (03:35)
    4. Sehr langsam  (03:19)
    5. Sehr lebhaft  (03:20)
    6. Sehr langsam  (03:55)
    7. Sehr rasch  (02:15)
    8. Schnell und spielend  (03:38)

Disc 8

  1. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op.36

    1. I. Allegro Agitato  (08:28)
    2. II. Non Allegro - Lento  (06:10)
    3. III. Allegro Molto  (05:40)
  2. Prelude for piano No.23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12  (02:58)
  3. Moments Musicaux (6), for piano, Op. 16: No. 3 in B minor

    1. No. 3 in B minor  (06:45)
  4. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 33: No. 5 in E flat minor

    1. No. 5 in E flat minor  (01:40)
  5. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 33: No. 2 in C major

    1. No. 2 in C major  (02:28)
  6. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 9 in D major

    1. No. 9 in D major  (03:55)

Disc 9

  1. Polonaise-fantasy for piano in A flat major, Op. 61, CT 156  (13:19)
  2. Mazurka for piano in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT 63  (04:05)
  3. Etude for piano in G flat major, Op. 10/5, CT 18  (01:39)
  4. Introduction in C minor and Rondo in E flat major for piano, Op. 16, CT 195  (10:17)
  5. Waltz for piano in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT 208  (05:00)
  6. Polonaise for piano in A flat major, Op. 53, CT 155  (06:23)

Disc 10

  1. Feuillet d'album for piano in E flat major, Op. 45/1  (01:15)
  2. Etude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 8/2  (01:32)
  3. Etude for piano in B flat minor, Op. 8/11  (03:59)
  4. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 8: No. 10 in D flat major

    1. No. 10 in D flat major  (01:48)
  5. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 8: No. 8 in A flat major

    1. No. 8 in A flat major  (03:43)
  6. Etudes (8) for piano, Op. 42: No. 3 in F sharp major

    1. No. 3 in F sharp major  (00:51)
  7. Etudes (8) for piano, Op. 42: No. 4 in F sharp major

    1. No. 4 in F sharp major  (02:40)
  8. Etude for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 42/5  (03:09)
  9. Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major ("Trill"), Op. 70  (12:14)
  10. Poème-nocturne for piano, Op. 61: No. 1, Allegretto

    1. No. 1, Allegretto  (01:59)
  11. Poèmes (2) for piano, Op. 69: No. 2, Allegretto

    1. No. 2, Allegretto  (01:32)
  12. Vers la flamme, poème for piano, Op. 72  (05:45)

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