Horowitz at Carnegie Hall

Horowitz at Carnegie Hall : an historic return. Vladimir Horowitz plays works by Bach-Busoni, Schumann, Scriabin, Chopin, Debussy, Moszkowski (1965)

Columbia M2S 728

Speakers Corner Records : 2 LPs 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

  • Contents & Details

    Ferruccio Busoni (1866 - 1924) : Bach’s Organ Toccata in C Major :
    A1 - Prelude
    A2 - Intermezzo: Adagio
    A3 - Fugue

    Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) : Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17 :
    B1 - Fantastic and with Passion
    B2 - Moderate, Energetic Throughout
    B3 - Slow, Sustained and Tender throughout

    Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915) :
    C1 - Sonata No. 9 in F Major, Op. 68
    C2 - Poem in F-Sharp minor, Op. 32, No. 1

    Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) :
    C3 - Mazurka in C Sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 4
    C4 - Etude in F Major, Op. 10, No.8

    Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) :
    D1 - Ballade in G minor, Op. 23

    Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918) :
    D2 - Serenade for The Doll from "Children's Corner"

    Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915) :
    D3 - Etude in C-Sharp minor, Op. 2, No. 1

    Moritz Moszkowski (1854 - 1925) :
    D4 - Etude in A-flat Major, Op. 72, No. 11

    Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) :
    D5 - Traumerei (Dream) from "Kinderszenen", Op. 15

    The musical rest is defined as being a pause during which no sound is heard until the next tone is sounded. And the same goes for a musician who makes a long pause, which is then ended by thundering applause from an enraptured audience. This is exactly what happened on 9 May 1965, the day on which Vladimir Horowitz stepped onto the stage at Carnegie Hall after an absence of 12 years.
    As so often, the maestro ignored all types of works from Viennese Classicism, and certainly no one missed them. Busoni’s arrangement of Bach’s Toccata in C major, BWV 564 is precise, has enormous presence and is yet impressively transparent; Schumann’s Fantasy op. 17 is emotional, at times breathless and charming; Horowitz captures the spirit of Scriabin and Chopin with virtuosity and heartfelt emotion, allowing the works to waft over the audience.
    As a finale to this celebrated comeback, Horowitz performs a delightfully light and fresh rendering of Moszkowski’s Etude in A major, op. 27, and brings the evening to a peaceful end with Schumann’s unique "Träumerei" ("Dreaming") from Kinderszenen ("Scenes from Childhood"). In this live recording of just one of several comebacks, the discerning listener will notice the tension and nervousness at this literally high-temperature event – the noisy air-conditioning had been shut at the request of the recording engineers.

    Recorded in May 1965, live at Carnegie Hall, New York City, by Fred Plaut.

    The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com

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