Thursday, June 11, 2015

Vladimir Horowitz - Complete Original Jacket Collection (Part. I, cd. 1-21)

Finally — a comprehensive and consistently organized collection that encompasses all of Vladimir Horowitz’s RCA, Columbia Masterworks, and Sony Classical recordings, many of which I’ve covered in various states of reissue for Classicstoday.com. In terms of cover art and programming, most of this 70-disc set’s individual volumes exactly replicate their original LP counterparts (or CDs in a few instances). As a result, playing times per disc tend to be short (the 1950 Brahms D minor Violin Sonata with Nathan Milstein originally stood alone on a 10-inch LP, and it’s presented alone here as well), and many items turn up more than once. For example, you’ll find the 1945 Chopin Andante Spianato e Grande Polonaise Op. 22 on three different discs. Still, the integrity of Horowitz’s LP program concepts remains intact.
In addition, one CD contains all of the RCA recordings that never made it to any Horowitz LP, along with the live Carnegie Hall 1975 Chopin Op. 17 n° 4 Mazurka issued only in Japan, plus an extended version of the Carmen Fantasy recorded in 1957 and issued for the first time as part of an RCA Red Seal Century CD compilation. Another two discs similarly gather all of the Columbia material first released on “Horowitz in Concert 1967-68″, “Discovered Treasures”, and in 1993’s blue boxed set “The Complete Masterworks Recordings 1962-1973″. Both mid-1990s “Private Collection” RCA CDs culled from the pianist’s private cache of 1940s/’50s Carnegie Hall recitals are here (but not the three additional 2009/2010 Carnegie Hall material releases), as well as Sony’s 2003 “live and unedited” remastering of the May 9, 1965 Historic Return program (Volume 42 contains the Horowitz approved “edited” version).
Lastly, a pair of previously unreleased recitals (Carnegie Hall, March 5, 1951 and Brooklyn College, November 12, 1967) capture Horowitz on top form. The 1951 Prokofiev Seventh builds upon its justly famous 1945 studio predecessor’s demonic drive and smoldering cantabiles. Ditto the pulverizing Liszt Sixth Rhapsody. No major differences distinguish the 1967 recital’s Beethoven Op. 101 and Rachmaninov Op. 39 n° 5 & 9 Etudes-Tableaux from the pianist’s other contemporaneous versions. On the other hand, the Chopin Op. 44 Polonaise proves more volatile and occasionally unsettled in relation to the Carnegie Hall “Horowitz On Television” reading a few months later, while the Carmen Variations contain spontaneous, possibly improvised details unique to this occasion.
A few editorial quibbles are in order. It would have made sense for Sony to include Horowitz’s HMV recordings (some of the pianist’s most significant), given that RCA Victor released quite a few of them stateside on 78s, not to mention the unpublished Horowitz RCA material available from Naxos outside the U.S. Concerning sound quality, nothing appears to be newly transferred from scratch. Instead, each selection is represented by its most recent and/or best-sounding CD remastering.
Documentation is not what it could have been, and tiny errors persist. In his succinct and fair-minded booklet essay Jon Samuels writes that Horowitz didn’t play the Carmen Variations after 1968, when in fact the pianist did, most notably at his 1978 White House recital televised by PBS. A chronology of Horowitz’s life cites the May 9, 1965 comeback as an evening event ; it actually took place in the afternoon. And how Sony will live down the “Carnegey Hall” misspelling on Volume 59’s jacket remains to be seen.
In sum, the complete Vladimir Horowitz “original jacket” collection adds up to a modest investment of lasting value for piano lovers who want to explore this unique, controversial, and profoundly influential pianist’s body of work in depth.
Jed Distler

Source : http://www.classicstoday.com/review/review-15242/

Vladimir Horowitz
The Complete Original Jacket
Collection
(Part. I, cd. 1-20)

Tracks

cd. 1

Modest Mussorgsky
(1839-1881)

Pictures at an Exhibition
(Edition Vladimir Horowitz)
1 Promenade  1:31
2 Gnomus  2:29
3 Promenade  0:50
4 Il vecchio castello  3:40
5. Promenade  0:30
6 Les Tuileries  1:02
7 Bydlo  2:41
8 Promenade  0:36
9 Ballet des Poussins dans leur coque  1:18
10 Samuel" Goldenberg und Schmuÿle  2:12
11 Limoges, le marché  1:22
12 Catacombae (Sepulchrum romanum)  1:15
13 Con mortuis in lingua mortua  2:23
14 La Cabane sur des pattes de poule  3:24
15 La Grande Porte de Kiev   4:11

Recorded November 7 & December 22, 1947

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Cd. 2

Dmitri Kabalevsky
(1904-1987)

Piano Sonata n° 3, Op. 46
1 I. Allegro con moto  5:42
2 II. Andante cantabile  4:54
3 III. Allegro giocoso  4:53

Sergueï Prokofiev
(1892-1953)

Piano Sonata n° 7, in B-flat, Op. 83
4 I. Allegro inquieto ; Andantino  8:16
5 II. Andante caloroso  5:23
6 III. Precipitato  3:44

Recorded December 22, 1947 [# 1-3] ; & September 22 & October 6, 1945

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Cd. 3

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata n° 14 in C-Sharp minor
"Moonlight"
1 I. Adagio sotenuto  5:59
2 II. Allegretto  2:22
3 III. Presto agitato  7:02

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756-1791)

Piano Sonata n° 12 in F Major, K. 332
4 I. Allegro  4:54
5 II. Adagio  4:32
6 III. Allegro assai  4:37

Recorded November 21 & 25, 1946 [# 1-3] ; November 6, 1947

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Cd.4

Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)

Kinderszenen, Op. 15
1 I. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen 1:28
2 II. Kuriose Geschichte 1:07
3 III. Hasche-Mann 0:33
4 IV. Bittendes Kind 0:56
5 V. Glückes genug 0:45
6 VI. Wichtige Begebenheit 0:44
7 VII. Träumerei 2:47
8 VIII. Am Kamin 1:06
9 IX. Ritter vom Steckenpferd 0:36
10 X. Fast und ernst 1:39
11 XI. Fürchtenmachen 1:36
12 XII. Kind im Einschlummern 1:24
13 XIII. Des Dichter spricht 2:06

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

14 Mazurka Op. 5 n° 3 in F-Sharp Minor  3:06
15 Mazurka Op. 41 n° 1 in C-Sharp Minor  3:04
16 Mazurka Op. 30 n° 3 in D-Flat Major  2:56
17 Mazurka Op. 30 n° 4 in C-Sharp Minor  3:43
18 Mazurka Op. 63 n° 2 in F Minor  1:42
19 Mazurka Op. Op. 63 n° 3 in C-Sharp Minor  1:58
20 Mazurka Op. 50 n° 3 in C-Sharp Minor  4:50

Recorded May 10 & 17, 1950 [# 1-14] ; May 11, 1949 [# 15] ; & December 28 & 30, 1949 [# 16-20]

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Cd. 5

Frédéric Chopin

(1810-1849)

Piano Sonata n° 2 in B-Flat, Op. 35
"Funeral March"
1 I. Grave. Doppio movimento  7:51
2 II. Scherzo  6:51
3 III. Marche funèbre  6:55
4 IV. Presto  1:24

Samuel Barber
(1910-1981)

Sonata Op. 26
5 I. Allegro energico  6:23
6 II. Allegro vivace e leggero  1:54
7 III. Adagio mesto  5:38
8 IV. Fuga. Allero conspirito  4:34

Recorded May 13, 1950 [# 1-4] ; & May 15, 1950 [# 5-8]

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Cd. 6

Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky

(1840-1893)

Piano Concerto n° 1 in B-Flat Minor, P. 23
1 I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso  17:34
2 II. Andantino simplice  5:48
3 III. Allegro con fuoco  6:06

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscaninni - cond.
Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York ; May 6 & 14, 1941

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Cd. 7

Frédéric Chopin

(1810-1849)

1 Andante spianato in E-Flat Major, Op. 22  3:56
2 Grande Polonaise in E-Flat Major, Op. 22  8:11
3 Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34 n° 2  4:53
4 Polonaise in A-Flat Major, Op. 53  5:56
5 Mazurka in F Minor, Op. 7 n° 3  2:17
6 Waltz in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64 n° 2  3:15

Recorded October 6, 1945 [# 1, 2 & 4] ; September 23, 1945 [# 3] ; December 22, 1947 [# 5] ; & November 29, 1946 [# 6]


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Cd. 8

Johannes Brahms

(1833-1897)

Violin Sonata n° 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
1 I. Allegro  7:46
2 II. Adagio  4:52
3 III. Un poco presto e con sentimento  2:53
4 IV. Presto agitato  5:22

Nathan Milstein - vl
Recorded June 22 & 29, 1950

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Cd. 9


Johannes Brahms

(1833-1897)

Piano Concerto n° 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83
1 I. Allegro non troppo  16:15
2 II. Allegro appasionato  8:06
3 III. Andante  11:05
4 IV. Allegretto grazioso  8:25

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini - cond.
Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York ; May 9, 1940

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Cd. 10

Georges Bizet
(1838-1875)
(arr. Horowitz)

1 Variations on a Theme from "Carmen"  3:34

Modest Mussorgsky
(1839-1881)
(arr. Horowitz)

2 By the Water  4:01

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)
(arr. Busoni)

3 Nun komm' Heiden Heiland  5:18

Wolfgang A. Mozart
(1756-1891)

4 Rondo alla turca  3:4
(from Sonata in A Major n° 11, K.331)

Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)

5 Träumerei  2:48
(from Kinderszenen Op. 15 n° 7)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartoldy
(1809-1847)

6 Elegie  2:35
(from Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 85 n° 4)
7 Spring Song  2:16
(from Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62 n° 6)

Claude Debussy
(1862-1918)

8 Serenade of the Doll  2:52
(from Childern's Corner, n° 3)

Sergei Prokofiev
(1819-1953)

9 Toccata Op. 11  4:00

Recorded December 22, 1947 [# 1] ; November 21, 1947 [# 2, 5 & 9] ; September 6, 1947 [# 3] ; October 25,  1946 [# 4] ; October 29, 1946 [# 6 & 7] ; & May 16, 1947 [# 8]

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Cd. 11

Sergei Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

Piano Concerto n° 3 in D Minor, Op. 30
1 I. Allegro ma non tanto  15:22
2 II. Intermezzo - Allegro  9:46
3 III. Finale - Alla breve  12:11

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - cond.
Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York ; May 8 & 10, 1951

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Cd. 12

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

Piano Sonata n° 2 in B-Flat minor, Op. 35
"Funeral March"
1 I. Grave - Doppio movimento 7:51
2 II. Scherzo  6:51
3 III. Marche funèbre  6:55
4 IV. Presto  1:24

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

7 Au bord d'une source  3:26
(from Années de Pèlerinage, 1ere année "Suisse", n° 4)
8 Hungarian Rhapsody n° 6 6:52

Recorded May 13, 1950 [# 1-4] ; May 19, 1947 [# 5-7] ; & May 16 & 19, 1947 [# 8]

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Cd. 13

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Concerto n° 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73
 "Emperor"
1 I. Allegro  18:57
2 II. Adagio un poco mosso  8:30
3 III. Rondo. Allegro  9:37

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - cond.
Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York ; April 26, 1952

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Cd. 14

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

1 Ballade n° 3 in A-Flat Major, p. 47  6:59
2 Ballade n° 4 in F Minor, Op. 52  10:07
3 Etude in E Major, Op. 10 n° 3  4:02
4 Impromptu n° 1 in F Minor, Op. 29  3:42
5 Nocturne in F Minor, Op. 55 n° 1  5:31
6 Scherzo n° 1 in B Minor, Op. 20  8:27

Recorded May 9, 1949 [# 1] ; May 8, 1952 [# 2] ; April 29, 1951 [# 3] ; October 11, 1951 [# 4] ; April 28 & 29, 1951 [# 5 & 6]

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Cd. 15

Felix Mendelssohn
(1809-1847)

Variations serieuses, Op. 54
1 Andante sostenuto  0:45
2 Variation I  0:38
3 Variation II. Un poco più animato  0:26
4 Variation III. Più animato  0:21
5 Variation IV. Sempre staccato e leggiero  0:20
6 Variation V. Agitato  0:25
7 Variation VI. A tempo  0:21
8 Variation VII. Con fuoco  0:23
9 Variation VIII. Allegro vivace  0:17
10 Variation IX  0:21
11 Variation X. Moderato  0:47
12 Variation XI. Cantabile  0:46
13 Variation XII. Tempo di tema  0:29
14 Variation XIII. Sempre assai leggiero  0:45
15 Variation XIV. Adagio  1:09
16 Variation XV. Poco a poco più agitato  0:23
17 Variation XVI. Allegro vivace  0:13
18 Variation XVII  1:09
19 Presto  0:50

20 Wedding March & Variations  6:01
(arr. Franz Liszt)

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

21 Funérailles  10:27
(from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, n° 7)
22 Valse oubliée n° 1  2:49
23 Sonetto 104 del Petrarca  6:27
(from Années de Pèlerinage, 2ème année, "Italie", n° 5)
24 Rákoczy March  5:12
(from Hungarian Rhapsody, n° 15)

Recorded October 25 & November 22, 1946 [# 1-20] ; December 19, 1950 [# 21] ; April 28, 1951 [# 22 & 23] ; & May 17, 1950 [# 24]

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Cd. 16

Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)

Piano Sonata in B-Flat major, D.960
1 I. Molto moderato  13:07
2 II. Andante sostenuto  8:24
3 III. Scherzo  3:50
4 IV. Allegro ma non troppo  6:59

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

5 Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72 n° 1  4:00
6 Scherzo in B Minor, Op. 20  7:40

Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York ; February 25, 1953

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Cd. 16b
[17]

Alexander Scriabin
(1872-1915)

1 Piano Sonata n° 9, Op. 68 "Black Mass"  6:29
2 Etude in B-Flat Minor, p. 8 n° 11  3:29
3 Etude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 42 n° 5  3:06

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)
(arr. Horowitz)

4 Hungarian Rhapsody n° 2  8:59

Claude Debussy
(1862-1918)

5 Serenade of the Doll  2:35
(from Children's Corner, n° 3)

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

6 Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34 n° 2  5:4

Sergei Prokofiev
(1891-1953)

7 Precipitato  3:23
(from Piano Sonata n° 7 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83)

Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York ; February 25, 1953

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Cd. 18

Muzio Clementi
(1752-1832)

Piano Sonata in G Minor, Op. 34 n° 2
1 I. Largo. Allegro con fuoco  9:22
2 II. Poco adagio  5:53
3 III. Allegro molto  6:22

Sonata in F Minor, Op. 14 n° 3
4 I. Allegro agitato  4:12
5 II. Largo e sostenuto  4:56
6 III. Presto  4:34

Sonata in F-Sharp minor, Op. 26 n° 2
7 I. Piuttosto allegro con espressione  3:53
8 II. Lento e patetico  3:47
9 III. Presto  3:45

Recorded October 16 & 21, 1954

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Cd. 19

Alexander Scriabin
(1872-1915)

Sonata n° 3 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 23
1 I. Dramatico  6:19
2 II. Allegretto  3:09
3 III. Andante  4:43
4 IV. Presto con foco. Meno mosso  5:24

Preludes
5 Prelude in C, Op. 11 n° 1  0:52
6 Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 11 n° 10  1:22
7 Prelude in E major, Op. 11 n° 9  1:44
8 Prelude in G major, Op. 11 n° 3  0:44
9 Prelude in B-Flat Minor, Op. 11 n° 16  1:45
10 Prelude in G-Flat Major, Op. 11 n° 13  1:42
11 Prelude in E-Flat Minor, Op. 11 n° 14  0:57
12 Prelude in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 15 n° 2  0:42
13 Prelude in B Major, Op. 16 n° 1  2:49
14 Prelude in B Minor, Op. 13 n° 6  1:27
15 Prelude in E-Flat Minor, Op. 16 n° 4  1:04
16 Prelude in G Minor, Op. 27 n° 1  1:27
17 Prelude in A Minor, Op. 51 n° 2  2:26
18 Prelude in D-Flat Major, Op. 48 n° 3  0:52
19 Prelude Op. 67 n° 1  1:44
20 Prelude Op. 59 n° 2  1:37

Recorded January, 1955

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Cd. 20

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 n° 2
"Moonlight"
1 I. Adagio sostenuto  6:28
2 II. Allegretto 2:06
3 III. Presto agitato  7:04

Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 53
"Waldstein"
4 I. Allegro con brio  10:28
5 II. Introduione - Adagio molto  4:01
6 III. Rondo - Allegretto mderato  9:42

Recorded at the home of Mr. Horowitz, New York City, USA ; May 10, 11 & June 5, 1956

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Cd. 21

Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)

Variations on a Theme by Clara Wieck
(from Sonata n° 3 in F Minor, Op. 14)
1 I. Theme. Andantino  0:45
2 II. Variation I  0:48
3 III. Variation II  1:34
4 IV. Variation III  1:17
5 V. Variation IV  2:46

Domenico Scarlatti
(1685-1757)

6 Sonata in E Major K.380  4:11

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

7 Mazurka in B-Flat Minor, Op. 24  4:27
8 Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61  11:26

Joseph Haydn
(1732-1809)

Piano Sonata in E-Flat major
9 I. Allegro  5:42
10 II. Adagio  4:38
11 III. Finale. Presto  4:45

Johannes Brahms
(1833-1897)

12 Intermezzo in B-Flat Minor, Op. 117 n° 2  4:11

Moritz Moszkowski
(184-1925)
(arr. Horowitz)

13 Etincelles Op. 36 n° 6  2:10

Alexander Scriabin
(1872-1915)

14 Prelude in D Major, Op. 11 n° 5  1:40
15 Prelude in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 22 n° 1  1:51

John Philip Souza
(1854-1932)

16 The Stars and Stripes Forever  3:50

Recorded March 5, 1951 [# 1-5 & 7] ; April 23, 1951 [# 6, 8-13 & 16] ; & May 14, 1956 # 14 & 15]

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