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#2141873 - 08/31/13 02:52 PM Horowitz Fans Rejoice!  
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My, this looks appealing: a 42 disc set of all of his Carnegie Hall concerts from 1951-1978.

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More details: http://www.amazon.com/Vladimir-Horo...d=D4XB3XD1EAJC&coliid=I3EZY0RZVQ4Y4K


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#2141906 - 08/31/13 04:32 PM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: Fugue14]  
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SON OF MY MOTHER I WANT THAT.

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It comes with a 300-pages hardcover book, magnificient.
I want this for Christmas!

#2141961 - 08/31/13 07:15 PM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: Ahmediy]  
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Originally Posted by Ahmediy
It comes with a 300-pages hardcover book, magnificient.
I want this for Christmas!

That's my plan, too! Actually, the price is extremely reasonable--$3.20 a disc! And that's straight from Amazon, so I imagine an Amazon seller will offer it for even less.


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#2141963 - 08/31/13 07:20 PM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: Fugue14]  
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"Practice!" quips the famous call,
is how you get to Carnegie Hall
But Vladmir Horowitz, times forty-two?
Ah, it's Carnegie Hall that comes to you!

#2141968 - 08/31/13 07:42 PM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: Fugue14]  
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If drooling over this release is wrong, I don't want to be right.


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#2141984 - 08/31/13 08:47 PM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: Fugue14]  
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Here, as opposed to there
I have a special day coming up on Monday, if anyone is interested in making me very happy wink

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"And if we look at the works of J.S. Bach — a benevolent god to which all musicians should offer a prayer to defend themselves against mediocrity... -Debussy

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#2142025 - 08/31/13 10:28 PM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: stores]  
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Originally Posted by stores
I have a special day coming up on Monday, if anyone is interested in making me very happy wink

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Might be worth it, just to find out who the helll you are... smile

-J


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#2142107 - 09/01/13 03:25 AM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: Fugue14]  
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It's times like these when I wish I had a job. frown

#2142124 - 09/01/13 04:23 AM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: Fugue14]  
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The box looks massive! It reminds of that giant Arthur Rubinstein set from many years ago.


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#2142140 - 09/01/13 06:15 AM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: stores]  
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Originally Posted by stores
I have a special day coming up on Monday, if anyone is interested in making me very happy wink

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What? Labor Day? laugh

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It would be interesting to know how many of the pieces on these recitals have not been released previously either as studio recordings or as selections from those CH recitals. My guess is guess most of these pieces have already been released in one of those two formats.

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Originally Posted by stores
I have a special day coming up on Monday, if anyone is interested in making me very happy wink

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How old will you be? :P

#2142237 - 09/01/13 11:26 AM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: pianoloverus]  
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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
It would be interesting to know how many of the pieces on these recitals have not been released previously either as studio recordings or as selections from those CH recitals. My guess is guess most of these pieces have already been released in one of those two formats.


The Amazon page states the number of previously unreleased performances, but not the exact pieces.


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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
It would be interesting to know how many of the pieces on these recitals have not been released previously either as studio recordings or as selections from those CH recitals. My guess is guess most of these pieces have already been released in one of those two formats.


According to the detailed listing on Amazon.com
- 8 complete discs (minus one or two numbers on a few of those discs) contain previously unreleased materials
- among the other discs containing previously released materials, there are an additional 72 individual works not previously released.

That sounds to me like a lot of previously unreleased materials. However, would even the most die-hard Horowitz fans want that many recordings of Horowitz, even at the bargain price from Amazon? That said, I may order it! smile

The 41 CDs plus one DVD will still pale next to the Rubinstein 144 CD set!

Regards,


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Originally Posted by BruceD


The 41 CDs plus one DVD will still pale next to the Rubinstein 144 CD set!


My goodness, that explains why Rubinstein albums keep coming up in my Spotify searches with album names like "Rubinstein Collection CD #54" or something like that. Now that I know they go up to 144, I think it's fair to wonder which is more likely to inflict damage as a flying object: Rubinstein's CD box set, or Rubinstein's piano.



NB: Now that I've written this, I recall that this actually happened to Rubinstein's piano at one point. Well, maybe not flying from a window, but it was dropped at some point.

#2142307 - 09/01/13 01:59 PM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: BruceD]  
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Originally Posted by BruceD
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
It would be interesting to know how many of the pieces on these recitals have not been released previously either as studio recordings or as selections from those CH recitals. My guess is guess most of these pieces have already been released in one of those two formats.


According to the detailed listing on Amazon.com
- 8 complete discs (minus one or two numbers on a few of those discs) contain previously unreleased materials
- among the other discs containing previously released materials, there are an additional 72 individual works not previously released.

That sounds to me like a lot of previously unreleased materials. However, would even the most die-hard Horowitz fans want that many recordings of Horowitz, even at the bargain price from Amazon? That said, I may order it! smile

The 41 CDs plus one DVD will still pale next to the Rubinstein 144 CD set!

Regards,
I'm not sure if "previously unreleased materials" means works not played on any Horowitz recording or only previously unreleased recordings of works where many of them have been available in other Horowitz recordings.

Die hard Horowitz fans will probably be interested in having multiple performances of the same piece, but on glancing at the track listings I saw only a small number of pieces that hadn't been released in previous recordings. So I think the huge percentage of works in this collection are not new to the Horowitz discography although the actual performances may not have been previously released.

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A CD collection? That's so twentieth century! I want the whole thing on a thumb drive I can carry around in my pocket. smile


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SON OF MY MOTHER I WANT THAT.


We could always go half on a copy.


Beethoven - Op.49 No.1 (sonata 19)
Czerny - Op.299 Nos. 5,7 (School of Velocity)
Liszt - S.172 No.2 (Consolation No.2)

Dream piece:
Rachmaninoff - Sonata 2, movement 2 in E minor
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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
SON OF MY MOTHER I WANT THAT.


We could always go half on a copy.


I'll take the treble clef, you take the bass clef.

#2142503 - 09/01/13 08:25 PM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: jazzyprof]  
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Originally Posted by jazzyprof
A CD collection? That's so twentieth century! I want the whole thing on a thumb drive I can carry around in my pocket. smile


I love having the physical copies. You can transfer the files to your computer/iPod. Having tangible music feels really good, especially your files aren't backed up and something bad happens.

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You just described my wish when trying to learn any piece of music: if only Horowitz were here to take the treble!


Beethoven - Op.49 No.1 (sonata 19)
Czerny - Op.299 Nos. 5,7 (School of Velocity)
Liszt - S.172 No.2 (Consolation No.2)

Dream piece:
Rachmaninoff - Sonata 2, movement 2 in E minor
#2142708 - 09/02/13 07:32 AM Re: Horowitz Fans Rejoice! [Re: Fugue14]  
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I received the set Friday and have been enjoying it immensely. I'll post a link when I have a full review.

There are only two compositions entirely new to the Horowitz discography: Brahms Rhapsody in E-flat, Op. 119, No. 4, and Debussy’s The Little Shepherd from the Children’s Corner Suite, both from the 1953 25th Anniversary recital. A sense of unease pervades the opening pages of the Brahms, with several wrong notes – I can see why Horowitz declined to release it. As for the rest of the recital, it seems less tense than I remember.

There are several works which are new to Horowitz’s stereo discography: Beethoven’s Variations in C minor, Mendelsohn’s Song without Words, Op. 67, No. 5, and Poulenc’s Toccata, all from the 1960s recitals.

If you're looking for previously unrecorded works, this set's not for you. But I remain astonished the way VH never played the same works twice. An extreme example is Chopin’s Second Sonata: The November 1966 performance is taut and lean in the opening movements, with a haunting funeral march; while the December performance is stately and measured – more restrained (both wisely eschew the first movement repeat that’s heard in the 1949 recital included in this set).

For many, the real prize here will be the 1968 mini-recital which was televised by CBS. (Can anyone imagine a major network broadcasting a classical piano recital today? It was a demonstration not only of Horowitz’s celebrity, but the larger role Classical music played in America’s cultural life at the time). Copies of this recital of variable quality have been circulating privately and on the Internet for decades, and small portions have been shown on various documentaries. This is the first time the entire recital has been remastered from something close to the original videotape. I believe the producers have done all they can with the 45 year old standard definition video tape. The image quality is a bit blurred, and there are occasional signs of wear, but overall it’s very watchable. The stereo sound, which has been newly synced from Columbia’s master tapes, is superb – a vast improvement over what TV audiences would have heard in 1968 (the original mono soundtrack is included as well). For those only familiar with Lang Lang and a host of other performers who agonize throughout their performances, Horowitz’s concentration, economy of motion, and straightforward platform manner will come as a shock. This most aurally flamboyant of performers was a portrait of rectitude visually. This performance is consistently some of the tightest, most disciplined playing I’ve ever heard from Horowitz – how fortunate a visual document of the recital is now available.

Jon Samuels has worked wonders with the sound, especially considering how these concerts were considered "raw material" for recordings, cut up, with the work parts strewn all over the Columbia and RCA vaults.


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Wow... For someone with so little Horowitz in their music library, this will ROCK!!

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Another note: Listening to the unedited versions of these concerts, I can't imagine why they were initially patched - it's not a matter of wrong notes. The 1953 recital, often portrayed as VH playing on the cusp of a nervous breakdown, has much better ebb & flow than heard in the edited version. Even Schubert's D. 960 Sonata is not as bad as I remember - although I'll continue to stick with Kempff.

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I received a copy for my birthday over the weekend...lordy is there ever some amazing playing! So far, two of the most jaw-dropping performances are the Liszt-Horowitz 15th Hungarian Rhapsody (1/49) and the Barber Sonata (3/50). shocked I still have a few dozen discs to listen to, though! grin


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Here's the link to my complete review. Enjoy!

http://www.amazon.com/review/R23M77HJ4393YF


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