Sony Classical Releases Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall DVD Collection
Sony Classical presents Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall, a deluxe box set featuring the complete RCA and Columbia recitals of Vladimir Horowitz recorded live at Carnegie Hall between 1951 and 1978. AvailableSeptember 30, the limited edition box set includes 41 CDs plus a DVD and features 8 previously unreleased complete concerts. The DVD marks the first ever release of the famous TV concert "Horowitz on Television," which has not been seen since its last airing on CBS in 1968.
The first part of the set, CDs 1-37, consists of entire programs including 3 previously unreleased concerts taken from the Horowitz Private Collection and 4 unreleased recitals from the RCA and Columbia archives. Another 7 full length recitals will be presented for the first time including the addition of 48 unreleased recordings.
All of the recitals have been meticulously assembled and restored from the original source materials, and are presented exactly as they were performed, with all musical selections intact. The 1951-53 and 1965-68 concerts, as well as the November 16 & 23, 1975 recitals are 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 3 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 of his solo recitals at the venue. He discontinued this practice in 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 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 Legende No.2, Kabelevsky's Second Sonata, and Balakirev's Islamey.
The third part of the set consists of the first ever release of the famous concert "Horowitz on Television" on DVD. CBS 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 to the original "soundtrack," the CD version of the broadcast also includes 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 180-page hardcover book with an introduction by Jed Distler profiling Horowitz and his special relationship with Carnegie Hall. It also includes a brief history of Carnegie Hall, an introduction to the previously unreleased recordings from Horowitz's Private Collection, comprehensive track listings and historic photographs and facsimiles of concert flyers and tickets.
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