Legendary RCA Recordings: Vladimir Horowitz

Legendary RCA Recordings: Vladimir Horowitz

by Vladimir HorowitzVladimir Horowitz




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.

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Product Details

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


Disc 1

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in B flat minor, Op. 23

    1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
    2. Andantino simplice
    3. Allegro con fuoco
  2. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

    1. Allegro ma non tanto
    2. Intermezzo. Adagio
    3. Finale. Alla breve

Disc 2

  1. Polonaise-fantasy for piano in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
  2. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  3. Prelude for piano in D flat major, Op. 48/3
  4. Prelude for piano in G flat major, Op. 11/13
  5. Prelude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 15/2
  6. Étincelles, for piano, Op 36/6
  7. Mazurka for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 30/4, CT. 71
  8. Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen, " for piano
  9. Toccata for piano in C major, Op. 11
  10. Nocturne for piano in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  11. Capriccio for piano in C major, Op. 47/2: Rondo

    1. Rondo
  12. Presto for piano in B flat major, FP 70
  13. Prelude for piano No.16 in G major, Op. 32/5
  14. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor ("Concerto Without Orchestra"), Op. 14: Wieck Variations

    1. Wieck Variations
  15. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 184 (L. 189)
  16. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 101 (L. 494)
  17. Mephisto Waltz (I & II), for piano No. 1 (Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke), S. 514 (LW A189)
  18. Etude for piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8/12

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