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"On revient toujours..." For most Europeans, Vladimir Horowitz had remained for many years an American legend. Then in 1982 he returned to London to give his first concerts there in over 28 years and in 1985 traveled to Milan and Paris for his first recitals on the continent in over 30 years. In autumn 1985 Horowitz re-established contact with Hamburg, where his international career ... Read more in Amazon's Vladimir Horowitz Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 42
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00BT70J6S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sony Music Entertainment presents Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall, a deluxe CD edition that gathers together the complete RCA and Columbia recitals that the legendary pianist recorded live at Carnegie Hall between 1951 and 1978 – including eight previously unreleased complete concerts, as well as 48 works in previously unreleased recordings – all on 41 CDs and a DVD.

The first part of the set (CDs 1–37) consists of entire programs, including three previously unreleased concerts taken from the Horowitz Private Collection of his recorded performances at Carnegie Hall and four previously unreleased complete recitals from the RCA and Columbia archives, adding the Brahms Rhapsody in E-flat major, Op. 119 No. 4 and Debussy’s The Little Shepherd to Horowitz’s discography. Another seven recitals will be presented here at full length for the very first time, thanks to the addition of 48 works in previously unreleased recordings. All of the recitals have been painstakingly assembled and restored from the original source materials, and are presented exactly as they were performed, with all musical selections intact. In particular, the 1951–53 and 1965–68 concerts, as well as the November 16 & 23, 1975 recitals, are now all presented musically unedited. These programs cover almost Horowitz’s entire career at RCA and Columbia, and include such milestones as the historic April 25, 1943 Tchaikovsky First Concerto with Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra (given in aid of US troops in World War II), the February 25, 1953 concert marking the 25th anniversary of his American debut (including three previously unreleased selections), the May 9, 1965 “Historic Return” marking his first recital after a 12-year absence, the “Concert of the Century” of May 18, 1976 marking Carnegie Hall’s 85th anniversary, and the “Golden Jubilee Concert” of January 8, 1978 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Horowitz’s American debut with Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto.

The second part of the set (CDs 38–41) continues the story of Horowitz’s “Private Collection.” Starting in 1945, Horowitz engaged the Carnegie Hall Recording Company to record all his solo recitals at that venue. He discontinued this practice after 1950, when RCA began recording his concerts there. In 1986 Horowitz donated these recordings to Yale University. After his death in 1989, RCA launched a “Private Collection” series with individual selections chosen for release by virtue of their historical significance within the context of Horowitz’s career, as well as works that he did not commercially record, such as Chopin’s F minor Fantasy, Liszt’s Légende No.2, Kabelevsky’s Second Sonata, and Balakirev’s Islamey.

The third part of the set (the DVD) consists of the first ever release of the famous TV concert “Horowitz on Television”. The CBS Television Network originally aired this program on Sunday, September 22, 1968, allowing a worldwide audience to experience Horowitz’s artistry with their very own eyes for the first time in decades. It was rebroadcast on Christmas Day that year, after which it remained unavailable for 45 years, until now. In addition, the CD version of the broadcast not only contains the original “soundtrack” but also the full program in alternate takes.

Since Horowitz accurately claimed that he never played any piece the same way twice, piano-lovers now have the opportunity to hear multiple performances of certain works, and to compare how Horowitz responds to different audiences on different days with variations in nuance, tone color, touch, dynamics, tempo, phrasing, and pedaling.

This deluxe edition is accompanied by a hardcover book with an introduction by Jed Distler profiling Horowitz and his special relationship with Carnegie Hall, a brief history of Carnegie Hall, an introduction to the previously unreleased recordings from Horowitz’s Private Collection, and facsimiles of concert flyers and tickets, as well as comprehensive track listings and historic photographs.

Contents: DISC 1 April 25, 1943, Carnegie Hall, (live)
DISC 2/3 January 17, 1949, Carnegie Hall, (live) – includes 11 previously unreleased recorded works
DISC 4/5 February 21, 1949, Carnegie Hall, (live) – previously unreleased except for 1 work
DISC 6/7 March 20, 1950, Carnegie Hall, (live) – includes 13 previously unreleased recorded works
DISC 8/9 March 5, 1951, Carnegie Hall, (live)
DISC 10/11 April 23, 1951, Carnegie Hall, (live) - includes 4 previously unreleased recorded works
DISC 12 January 12, 1953, Carnegie Hall, (live) – previously unreleased
DISC 13/14 February 25, 1953, Carnegie Hall, (live) – includes 3 previously unreleased recorded works
DISC 15/16 May 9, 1965, Carnegie Hall, (live)
DISC 17/18 April 17, 1966, Carnegie Hall, (live) – includes 6 previously unreleased recorded works
DISC 19/20 November 27, 1966, Carnegie Hall, (live) – includes 8 previously unreleased recorded works
DISC 21/22 December 10, 1966, Carnegie Hall, (live) – includes 8 previously unreleased recorded works
DISC 23/24 November 26, 1967, Carnegie Hall, (live) – includes 14 previously unreleased recorded works
DISC 25 January 2, 1968, Carnegie Hall, (live, invited audience) - previously unreleased
DISC 26 February 1, 1968, Carnegie Hall, (live, invited audience)
DISC 27/28 November 24, 1968, Carnegie Hall, (live) - previously unreleased
DISC 29/30 December 15, 1968, Carnegie Hall, (live) - includes 5 previously unreleased recorded works
DISC 31/32 November 16, 1975, Carnegie Hall, (live)
DISC 33/34 November 23, 1975, Carnegie Hall, (live) - previously unreleased except for 1 work
DISC 35/36 May 18, 1976, Carnegie Hall, (live)
DISC 37 January 8, 1978, Carnegie Hall, (live)
DISC 38 Horowitz’ “Private Collection” of Carnegie Hall live recordings 1945-1946 – Compilation
DISC 39 Horowitz’ “Private Collection” 1947– Compilation
DISC 40 Horowitz’ “Private Collection” 1948– Compilation
DISC 41 Horowitz’ “Private Collection” 1949-1960– Compilation
DVD January 2 and/or February 1, 1968: Horowitz on Television – previously unreleased

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Hank Drake on 6 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This 41 CD/1 DVD set presents a generous selection of Vladimir Horowitz's appearances at Carnegie Hall from 1943-1978. It includes all Carnegie concerts RCA and Columbia (both now owned by Sony) recorded from 1951-1978. It also contains three complete recitals that were recorded by the Carnegie Hall Recording Company at Horowitz's expense. The pianist donated about 13 of these recitals along with other material to Yale University and they are sometimes referred to as the "Yale concerts." Parts of these concerts have been issued piecemeal since the 1990s and are also compiled here. The 1953 and 1966-1968 recitals are presented unedited for the first time. In a few cases, the set contains back-to-back performances of Horowitz playing the same program. Of course, Horowitz never played works twice in the same way, so the duplication of repertoire will not faze aficionados.

Horowitz's recording career can be divided into five distinct phases; this set covers phases 2-4. Space does not permit a detailed analysis of each performance, so I will give my impressions of each phase:

1943-1953: In this era, technical limitations simply did not exist. But, relaxation is a challenge: the Mozart Sonata from 1951 is wound very tightly; there are places where some of the playing is positively brutal - but these are rare. The two recordings of Tchaikovsky's First Piano concerto make for fascinating comparison: the 1943 War Bonds performance with Toscanini is very straight; the 1953 performance with Szell is phrased more rhapsodically in the opening movement, while the pianist sounds as if he's been shot from a cannon for the finale's octave torrent. There are only two compositions entirely new to the Horowitz discography: Brahms Rhapsody in E-flat, Op. 119, No.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elysee on 21 Jun. 2014
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This is an absolute must for those of us who are too young to have heard the man play live. It is a true treasure trove of material and essential to any classical collection. Some other reviews make mention of the background noises, but I don’t think this is a real problem, at least not to me. It would perhaps have been a bonus if the recordings had been remastered, as there is a bit of ‘crackling noise’ sometimes. Although this does give it a bit of a vinyl feel (for those of you old enough to remember vinyl….). The price is a steal, taking into account all the material you are getting. Enjoy, enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Murray Low on 14 Nov. 2014
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I bought this to listen to over last Christmas. Its a fantastic bargain at the price and I don't need to say very much except that it contains some of the most amazing pianism you will ever hear, here is an artist where the hype really does not quite prepare you for what he does! The finale of the Prokofiev 7th Sonata, for example, is a musical experience we rarely get to hear, what risks the man took! I won't go on. Some repetition of repertoire but utterly magnetic most of the time. Beautifully presented and documented too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. on 27 Jan. 2014
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I am still going through the CDs and am now still in 1950 but can confirm that Horowitz is a great musician and that the quality of the recording, despite from being still in mono, is very good. Not all the music is to my liking, hence four but not five stars. I also gave a box to my brother for his fiftieth birthday and he enjoys it too. At this price (I paid £74.87), it provides hour after hour of great music performance.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Beebeejaun on 18 Dec. 2013
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I bought this rather modest price box set on impulse as I have no Horowiz in my vast collection of all type of music.Music is music whether it heavy metal,rock,folks jazz,opera etc and alway I should boaden one mind and not stuck in any particular music and this snobish.Well study box set,300 pages book and the cd is easy from individual box from the top.The music is mind blowing and can even listen Scriabin piano music and still enjoy.I was playing the Tchaikovsky piano concerto no:1 and my wife said:The pianist play with feeling and emotion and make the piano sing and this come from a person who only like about 10 classical works.This made me listen and hearing the music.I really enjoyed all the cd despite the frying noise on earlier recording.The price is a bargain of the century.The amount of money spent to make this box available at such a give away price is beyond belief.Buy this box set and this will be an investment.Why other recording re-cycle the old recording and ask for..compare Britten complete works,Bach cantata by Gardiner and behold John Mrtyn island box set at over £150 for 18 cd.Thanks Sony and start moaning buy it when it is still available.Happy listening.
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