Legendary RCA Recordings: Vladimir Horowitz

Legendary RCA Recordings: Vladimir Horowitz

by Vladimir Horowitz

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828765605229
catalogNumber: 56052
Rank: 24464

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