Monday, 5 October 2015

Review & Index: Vladimir Horowitz - The Complete Original Jacket Collection - Sony, 2009, 70 CD


Vladimir Horowitz

The Original Jacket Collection

Sony Classical, 2009.
70 CD. Liner notes by Jon Samuels. No index.

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This massive set, released back in 2009 to commemorate 20 years from the death of Vladimir Horowitz, remains the closest we have to his complete recordings. The Indian summer for DG (1985-89) is not included, which is a pity considering the sublime Mozart recordings he made in those years, nor are his early attempts for EMI (1930-36), which is not a pity since they are mostly of historical interest and widely available elsewhere. Nearly all recordings for RCA (1928-30, 1940-59, 1975-82) and Sony/Columbia (1962-73, 1989) are included here. I say “nearly all” because several discs from the so-called Private Collection (e.g. the unbelievable B minor Sonata from 1949) as well as other commemorative releases from 2009 (e.g. the Berlin Concert from 1986) are missing. Keep in mind, also, that any new material released since then must be missing as well; for example, the tons of treasures in Vladimir Horowitz: Live at Carnegie Hall (41CD+1DVD, 2013). It remains but a faint hope, a dream rather, that one day Horowitz’s complete discography will be released as a handsome set, newly remastered from scratch where necessary and complete with his best live recordings, why not some previously unreleased studio gems as well, and impeccable documentation.

The best about this set are the two “new” (mostly) previously unreleased recitals. Both were recorded live in New York, one in Carnegie Hall (5 March 1951) and one in Whitman Auditorium (12 November 1967), both seem to have been remastered especially for this edition, and both show Volodya in top form. There are no new pieces to his discography here, but the recitals give the opportunity for some fascinating comparisons. For example, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 from 1951 is a stupendous display of piano pyrotechnics, quite on par with Horowitz’s studio attempt from 1947, but the important thing is that the performance remains wonderfully musical. So much for the old chestnut that Horowitz tried to “wow” the public at the expense of the music. He never did, even in his prime when his technique was most “wow”-inducing. Mozart’s Sonata KV 333 from the same recital is a sort of negative highlight. If you want to know just how extraordinary Horowitz’s late Mozart really is, simply compare his 1987 studio recording of the same sonata with the live performance from 1951. The early performance is fine. The late one is incredible.

Collecting together some sixty years of recording, including many pieces if not previously unreleased certainly hard to find otherwise, provides plenty of material for revealing comparisons. Horowitz used to claim, indeed boast, that he never played anything twice in the same way. This is literally true, and his boundless ingenuity demonstrated within a single piece is one of the great delights of the set. The most extreme example are the famous Carmen Variations, usually listed as Horowitz’s arrangement but really an original composition. We have five recordings here, ranging from the unbridled virtuosity of the 1928 and 1947 versions to the mature musicianship of 1967 and 1968 (both live and different), and including the rare 1957 studio take which is more than twice longer and resembles a jazz improvisation. Even in regard to “classical” compositions Horowitz could change his interpretations profoundly through the years. Simply compare Scriabin’s brooding Etude Op. 8 No. 12 from 1962 with the one from 1982. These are virtually different pieces. The closest match of live performances we have are two of Moszkowski’s Etincelles separated by less than two weeks (23 April and 5 March, 1951), although Rachmaninoff’s frightening Etude-tableau Op. 39 No. 9 is also a good candidate (12 November and 10 December 1967). Possibly more interesting couples are studio and live recordings separated by just a few days, for example Liszt’s Valse oubliée (28 April studio, 5 March live, 1951), a piece which Horowitz owns. The differences in these cases are relatively small. But there they are.

If you still believe the old hokum that Horowitz was – is – “all fingers and no brain”, this set, especially in combination with Harold Schonberg’s definitive biography, will cure you. Horowitz could play the most lyrical pieces with unsurpassed tenderness. Take for example Schumann’s “Träumerei”, one of his “standard encores”. We have no fewer than seven recordings here, none less than superb. Who has ever played this hugely popular, hence underappreciated, piece in a more unique way? (This, incidentally, is one hallmark of genius: even the most hackneyed pieces sound fresh.) Who has ever matched his restrained intensity in Chopin’s Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 or Scriabin’s Etude Op. 2 No. 1? Examples are countless. To name but a few more, Chopin’s early nocturne Op. 72 No. 1 (what a music for a 17-year-old to compose!), Mussorgsky’s “By the Water”, Rachmaninoff’s Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 5 & 12, Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Kreisleriana, Liszt’s Consolations Nos. 2-5, Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte, Bach-Busoni’s “Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland” and quite a few sonatas by Scarlatti further illustrate the lyrical side of Volodya’s genius.

Last but not least, like most great artists, Horowitz was usually more exciting in front of an audience. This is not, of course, to say that his studio recordings are in any way inadequate. It is just that in concert his daring was greater, sometimes breathtaking. True, the risks he took didn’t always come off nicely, but his failures – another hallmark of genius – are of more than passing interest. The best example is the 1979 live recording of Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1. Now, this is a travesty, particularly the outer sections, yet well worth an occasional listen. Such rare mishaps aside, some of Volodya’s most legendary achievements were recorded live in the concert hall. Just listen to Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and Vallee d’Obermann or Rachmaninoff’s Second Sonata. If you wish to object, not without reason either, that he never made studio recordings of these pieces, so my case is left up in the air, I agree. Compare, then, the recordings of Chopin’s Scherzo No. 1 (1951 studio, 1953 live), Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (1941 studio, 1943 live) and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (1947 studio, 1951 live). Fine as the studio versions are, they do not quite match the sheer audacity of the live performances.

It is worthless to comment at length on the artistry of Vladimir Horowitz. This is beyond words of both praise and censure. You either love it or you hate it. The one thing you cannot afford, if you care about piano playing at all, is to remain indifferent to it. Unfortunately, there are several caveats to be considered as regards the presentation of the set.

First of all, though RCA took the trouble to use the latest remaster available, many pieces badly in need of new remastering were left intact. This means that, for example, Horowitz’s fabulous 1981 live performance of Rachmaninoff’s G minor prelude (Op. 23 No. 5) sounds just as fine as it does in Horowitz: The Indispensable (1999), that is much better than the old RCA Gold Seal edition of Encores (1991), but Chopin’s Third Scherzo (1957) is just as terrible as ever. Truth to tell, some of Horowitz’s recordings, particularly from the Chopin sessions in 1957, were so dismally recorded in the first place, in “your head under the lid” manner, that probably no remastering can save them. The fellows from Sony took the same easy way out, but they may be forgiven. The remasters they did for the The Complete Masterworks in 1993 are superb.

Second, the arrangement has its pros and cons. All discs duplicate the contents and the covers of the original LPs, which is what the Original Jacket collections are all about, but this means the liner notes must be read with a magnifying glass and, worse still, are not always present. Furthermore, many promiscuous collections are included which leads to a number of duplications. For instance, Horowitz’s 1945 recording of Chopin’s Op. 22 (Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante) we have on three different discs. The sweeping 1950 rendition of Liszt’s Funerailles, which we have twice, is the best account of this mighty piece ever committed on record. But once is enough. On the positive side, Horowitz was very particular about the programs of his albums, so it’s nice to have them reproduced accurately, even though it remains unclear if he was consulted about the “greatest hits” collections. The miserable total timings are excused by the price.

Third and perhaps most annoying, as Hank Drake, one of the few reviewers on Amazon worth reading, has pointed out, the set falls short in terms of documentation. The hardcover booklet includes all recording dates and locations (though not always accurate), but nothing like index, either from laziness or to deliberately cover up the number of repetitions. Now, with box sets of this size an index is essential. The booklet contains also an indifferent chronology of Horowitz’s life and an essay by producer Jon Samuels, but the latter, instead of the penetrating analysis of Horowitz’s recorded legacy which you are right to expect, is merely a superficial overview of the basic facts which every serious fan of Horowitz (and who else would buy this set?) knows only too well.

(Again as Hank has pointed out, the contents on CD 55 are listed incorrectly in the booklet. Kabalevsky’s eight preludes come before his Second Sonata and Barber’s Excursions, not the other round as written. The order of the preludes is also wrong. The one on the disc is: 1, 10, 17, 3, 16, 8, 22, 24. This is a pretty serious blunder. No close relatives noticed so far.)





It would be meaningless to list the contents of these 70 CD (you can find them on Wikipedia anyway). Therefore, by way of conclusion I propose to compile an index. It should make finding any recording easier, it would expose duplications with merciless clarity, and it would be rather telling about Horowitz’s repertoire and how this changed through the years. Works are grouped by composer and then listed in alphabetical order. Composers themselves are arranged in alphabetical order, too. Keys and opus numbers are omitted except when deemed necessary for easier identification. The few works from the Concert of the Century without Horowitz are retained.

First, however, it might be useful to have at least an abridged version of the contents. The set does contain 70 discs, but ten of them are double and marked in the booklet with “a” and “b”. This is why the last disc is No. 60b. This is why, also, the numbers in Wikipedia are different: the Omniscient Entity gives the double discs as two successive numbers. One disc – No. 37 – is reserved for recordings that were released on 45 rpm but never made it to LP, two others cover material released posthumously by Sony as fillers to various collections. The titles here serve merely to give a general idea; only label and year(s) of recording are supplied in addition; collaborators are omitted.


Vladimir Horowitz: The Complete Original Jacket Collection
Abridged Contents

CD 1: Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition (RCA, 1947).
CD 2: Prokofiev & Kabalevsky (RCA, 1945-47).
CD 3: Beethoven & Mozart (RCA, 1946-47).
CD 4: Schumann & Chopin (RCA, 1949-50).
CD 5: Chopin & Barber (RCA, 1950).
CD 6: Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 (RCA, 1941).
CD 7: Chopin (RCA, 1945-47).
CD 8: Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 3 (RCA, 1950).
CD 9: Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 2 (RCA, 1940).
CD 10: Horowitz Encores (RCA, 1946-47).
CD 11: Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3 (RCA, 1951).
CD 12: Chopin & Liszt (RCA, 1947-50).
CD 13: Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 (RCA, 1952).
CD 14: Chopin (RCA, 1949-52).
CD 15: Mendelssohn & Liszt (RCA, 1946-51).
CD 16a: 25th Anniversary Recital (RCA, 1953, Live).
CD 16b: 25th Anniversary Recital (RCA, 1953, Live).
CD 17: Horowitz plays Clementi (RCA, 1954).
CD 18: Horowitz plays Scriabin (RCA, 1955).
CD 19: Beethoven, Moonlight and Waldstein Sonatas (RCA, 1956).
CD 20: Horowitz in Recital (RCA, 1951-56, Live).
CD 21: Horowitz plays Chopin (RCA, 1957).
CD 22: Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 (RCA, 1943, Live).
CD 23: Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition (RCA, 1951, Live).
CD 24: Beethoven Sonatas (RCA, 1959).
CD 25a: The Horowitz Collection (RCA, 1942-53).
CD 25b: The Horowitz Collection (RCA, 1942-53).
CD 26: The Young Horowitz (RCA, 1928-47).
CD 27: The Great Horowitz plays Favorite Chopin (RCA, 1946-53).
CD 28: Great Romantic Piano Favorites (RCA, 1946-57).
CD 29: The Horowitz Concerts, 1975-1976 (RCA, 1976).
CD 30: The Horowitz Concerts, 1977-1978 (RCA, 1976).
CD 31: Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3 (RCA, 1978, Live).
CD 32: The Horowitz Concerts, 1978-1979 (RCA, 1979).
CD 33: The Horowitz Concerts, 1979-1980 (RCA, 1980).
CD 34: Horowitz at the Met (RCA, 1981, Live).
CD 35: Horowitz on Tour, 1979-1980 (RCA, 1977-80).
CD 36: Horowitz in London (RCA, 1982, Live).
CD 37: Scarlatti, Chopin, Scriabin, etc. (RCA, 1928-75, never released on LP)
CD 38: Columbia Records presents Vladimir Horowitz (Columbia, 1962).
CD 39: The Sound of Horowitz (Columbia, 1962).
CD 40: Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin (Columbia, 1963).
CD 41: Horowitz plays Scarlatti (Columbia, 1964).
CD 42a: An Historic Return: Horowitz at Carnegie Hall (Columbia, 1965, Live).
CD 42b: An Historic Return: Horowitz at Carnegie Hall (Columbia, 1965, Live).
CD 43a: Horowitz in Concert (Columbia, 1966, Live).
CD 43b: Horowitz in Concert (Columbia, 1966, Live).
CD 44: Horowitz on Television (Columbia, 1968, Live).
CD 45: Schumann (Columbia, 1969).
CD 46: Horowitz plays Rachmaninoff (Columbia, 1967-68).
CD 47: Horowitz plays Chopin (Columbia, 1966-71).
CD 48: Horowitz plays Scriabin (Columbia, 1966-72).
CD 49: Beethoven & Schubert (Columbia, 1972-73).
CD 50: Beethoven, Appassionata & Waldstein Sonatas (Columbia, 1972).
CD 51: New Recordings of Chopin (Columbia, 1968-73).
CD 52a: Concert of the Century (Columbia, 1976, Live).
CD 52b: Concert of the Century (Columbia, 1976, Live).
CD 53a: Compilation of posthumously issued recordings (Columbia, 1961-72).
CD 53b: Compilation of posthumously issued recordings (Columbia, 1961-72).
CD 54: The Private Collection, Vol. 1 (RCA, 1945-50, Live).
CD 55: The Private Collection, Vol. 2 (RCA, 1945-49, Live).
CD 56a: Horowitz ReDiscovered (RCA, 1975, Live).
CD 56b: Horowitz ReDiscovered (RCA, 1975, Live).
CD 57a: Live and Unedited (Sony, 1962-65, Live).
CD 57b: Live and Unedited (Sony, 1962-65, Live).
CD 58: The Last Recording (Sony, 1989).
CD 59a: Previously unreleased recital: March 5, 1951 (RCA, Live).
CD 59b: Previously unreleased recital: March 5, 1951 (RCA, Live).
CD 60a: Previously unreleased recital: March 13, 1967 (Columbia, Live).
CD 60b: Previously unreleased recital: March 13, 1967 (Columbia, Live).

Vladimir Horowitz: The Complete Original Jacket Collection
Index

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750):
-       Concerto for Two Violins BWV 1043: 1976, Menuhin, Stern, Live (CD 52b).
-       Toccata in C minor, BWV 911: 1949, Live (CD 54).
Bach, arr. Ferruccio Busoni (1866–1924):
-       Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ: 1969 (CD 53b).
-       Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland: 1947 (CD 10).
-       Toccata, Adagio & Fugue: 1965, Live (CD 42a); 1965, Live, unedited (CD 57a).
Barber, Samuel (1910–1981):
-       Excursions Op. 20 Nos. 1, 2 & 4: 1945, Live (CD 55).
-       Sonata Op. 26: 1950 (CD 5, CD 25b).
Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770–1827):
-       Leonore III Overture: 1976, NYPO, Bernstein (CD 52a).
-       Piano Concerto No. 5: 1952, Reiner (CD 13).
-       Sonata Op. 8 Pathetique: 1963 (CD 40).
-       Sonata Op. 10 No. 3: 1959 (CD 24).
-       Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 Moonlight: 1946 (CD 3); 1956 (CD 19); 1972 (CD 49).
-       Sonata Op. 52 Waldstein: 1956 (CD 19); 1972 (CD 50).
-       Sonata Op. 57 Appassionata: 1959 (CD 24); 1972 (CD 50).
-       Sonata Op. 101: 22/10+26/11/1967, Live (CD 53b); 12/11/1967, Live (CD 60a).
Brahms, Johannes (1833–1897):
-       Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 2: 1951, Live (CD 20, CD 28).
-       Piano Concerto No. 2: 1940, Toscanini (CD 9).
-       Violin Sonata No. 3: 1950, Milstein (CD 8).
-       Waltz Op. 35 No. 15: 1950 (CD 28).
Chopin, Frederic (1810–1849):
-       Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante: 1945 (CD 7, CD 25a, CD 27).
-       Ballade No. 1: 1947 (CD 12, CD 27); 1965, Live (CD 42b); 1965, Live, unedited (CD 57b); 1968, Live (CD 44); 1982, Live (CD 36).
-       Ballade No. 3: 1949 (CD 14).
-       Ballade No. 4: 1952 (CD 14); 1981, Live (CD 34).
-       Barcarolle: 1957 (CD 21); 1967, Live (CD 60a); 1980, Live (CD 35).
-       Etude Op. 10 No. 3: 1951 (CD 14); 1972 (CD 51).
-       Etude Op. 10 No. 4: 1951, Live (CD 59b); 1952 (CD 27); 1973 (CD 51).
-       Etude Op. 10 No. 5: 1971 (CD 47); 1980, Live (CD 35).
-       Etude Op. 10 No. 6: 1951, Live (CD 59b); 1963 (CD 53a).
-       Etude Op. 10 No. 8: 1965, Live (CD 42b); 1965, Live, unedited (CD 57b).
-       Etude Op. 10 No. 12: 1963 (CD 40); 1972 (CD 51).
-       Etude Op. 25 No. 1: 1989 (CD 58).
-       Etude Op. 25 No. 5: 1989 (CD 58).
-       Etude Op. 25 No. 7: 1963 (CD 40); 1980, Live (CD 35).
-       Fantaisie Op. 49: 1948, Live (CD 54).
-       Fantaisie-Impromptu: 1989 (CD 58).
-       Impromptu No. 1: 1951 (CD 14, CD 27).
-       Introduction and Rondo: 1971 (CD 47).
-     Mazurka Op. 7 No. 3: 1947 (CD 7, CD 28); 1967, Live (CD 60b); 1968, Live (CD 51).
-       Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4: 1971 (CD 47); 1975, Live (CD 37, encore);
-       Mazurka Op. 24 No. 4: 1951, Live (CD 20, CD 59b).
-       Mazurka Op. 30 No. 2: 1945, Live (CD 54).
-       Mazurka Op. 30 No. 3: 1949 (CD 4); 1973 (CD 51).
-      Mazurka Op. 30 No. 4: 1928 (CD 26); 1949 (CD 4); 1965, Live (CD 42b); 1965, Live, unedited (CD 57b).
-       Mazurka Op. 33 No. 2: 1973 (CD 51).
-       Mazurka Op. 33 No. 4: 1966, Live (CD 43b).
-       Mazurka Op. 41 No. 1: 1949 (CD 4).
-       Mazurka Op. 41 No. 2: 1973 (CD 51).
-       Mazurka Op. 50 No. 3: 1949 (CD 4, CD 27); 1973 (CD 51).
-       Mazurka Op. 56 No. 3: 1989 (CD 58).
-       Mazurka Op. 59 No. 3: 1950 (CD 4); 1973 (CD 51).
-       Mazurka Op. 63 No. 2: 1949 (CD 4).
-       Mazurka Op. 63 No. 3: 1949 (CD 4).
-       Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2: 1957 (CD 21, CD 27).
-       Nocturne Op. 9 No. 3: 1957 (CD 21).
-       Nocturne Op. 15 No. 1: 1957 (CD 21).
-       Nocturne Op. 15 No. 2: 1947 (CD 12, CD 28).
-       Nocturne Op. 27 No. 1: 1957 (CD 21).
-       Nocturne Op. 55 No. 1: 1951 (CD 14); 1967, Live (CD 60a); 1968, Live (CD 44).
-       Nocturne Op. 55 No. 2: 1989 (CD 58).
-       Nocturne Op. 62 No. 1: 1989 (CD 58).
-       Nocturne Op. 72 No. 1: 1952 (CD 37); 1953, Live (CD 16a, CD 28); 1966, Live (CD 43b).
-       Polonaise Op. 26 No. 1: 1950, Live (CD 54); 1951, Live (CD 59b).
-       Polonaise Op. 40 No. 1: 1951, Live (CD 59b); 1972 (CD 51).
-       Polonaise Op. 44: 1967, Live (CD 60a); 1968, Live (CD 44).
-       Polonaise Op. 53: 1945 (CD 7); 1971 (CD 47).
-       Polonaise-Fantaisie: 1951, Live (CD 20); 1966, Live (CD 47); 1982, Live (CD 36).
-       Prelude Op. 28 No. 6: 1972 (CD 51).
-       Prelude Op. 28 No. 15: 1971 (CD 53a).
-       Scherzo No. 1: 1951 (CD 14); 1953, Live (CD 16a, CD 27); 1963 (CD 40); 1975, Live (CD 56b).
-       Scherzo No. 2: 1957 (CD 21).
-       Scherzo No. 3: 1957 (CD 21).
-       Sonata No. 2: 1950 (CD 5, CD 12); 1962 (CD 38).
-       Trois Nouvelles Etudes, No. 2: 1965 (CD 53a).
-       Waltz Op. 34 No. 2: 1945 (CD 7); 1951, Live (CD 59b); 1953, Live (CD 16b); 1971 (CD 47); 1975, Live (CD 56b).
-       Waltz Op. 64 No. 2: 1946 (CD 7, CD 26, CD 27); 1968, Live (CD 51).
-       Waltz Op. 69 No. 1: 1981, Live (CD 34).
Clementi, Muzio (1752–1832):
-       Gradus ad Parnassum, Book I, No. 14: 1972 (CD 53b).
-       Sonata Op. 12 No. 2, III. Rondo. Allegro assai: 1972 (CD 53b).
-       Sonata Op. 14 No. 3: 1954 (CD 17).
-       Sonata Op. 25 No. 3, II. Rondo. Vivace: 1963 (CD 53b).
-       Sonata Op. 26 No. 2: 1954 (CD 17).
-       Sonata Op. 24 No. 2/Op. 47 No. 2, I. Allegro con brio: 1950 (CD 54).
-       Sonata Op. 24 No. 2, Rondo: 1950 (CD 25a).
-       Sonata Op. 34 No. 1, II. Un poco andante, quasi allegretto: 1950 (CD 54).
-       Sonata Op. 34 No. 2: 1954 (CD 17).
-       Sonata Op. 36 No. 1: 1949 (CD 54).
-       Sonata Op. 50 No. 1, II. Adagio sostenuto e patetico: 1963, Live (CD 53b).
-       Sonata quasi Concerto Op. 33 No. 3: 1979, Live (CD 35).
Czerny, Carl (1791–1857):
-       Variations on a Theme by Rode “La Ricordanza”: 1944 (CD 25a).
Debussy, Claude (1862–1918):
-       Etudes, Book I, Nos. 1, 4 & 6: 1948-49, Live (CD 55).
-       Etude, Book II, No. 11: 1965 (CD 53a).
-       L’Isle joyeuse: 1966, Live (CD 43a).
-       Preludes, Book II, Nos. 4-6: 1963 (CD 40).
-       Prelude, Book II, No. 7: 1966, Live (CD 53a).
-       Serenade for the Doll: 1928 (CD 26); 1947 (CD 10); 1953, Live (CD 16b); 1965, Live (CD 42b); 1975, Live (CD 56b); 1965, Live, unedited (CD 57b).
Dohnányi, Ernst von (1877–1960):
-       Capriccio (Concert Etude Op. 28 No. 6): 1928 (CD 26).
Fauré, Gabriel (1845–1924)
-       Impromptu Op. 102: 1977, Live (CD 30).
-       Nocturne Op. 119: 1977, Live (CD 30).
Handel, Georg Friedrich (1685–1759):
-       Messiah, Hallelujah Chorus: 1976, Fischer-Dieskau, Woodside, Live (CD 52b).
Haydn, Josef (1732–1809):
-       Sonata Hob. XVI:23: 1966, Live (CD 43a).
-       Sonata Hob. XVI:48: 1968, Live (CD 53b).
-       Sonata Hob. XVI:49: 1989 (CD 58).
-       Sonata Hob. XVI:52: 1951, Live (CD 20).
Horowitz, Vladimir (1903–1989):
-       Carmen Variations: 1928 (CD 37); 1947 (CD 10); 1957 (CD 37); 1967, Live (CD 60b); 1968, Live (CD 44).
-       Danse excentrique: 1930 (CD 26).
Kabalevsky, Dmitri (1904–1987):
-       Preludes Op. 38 Nos. 1, 3, 8, 10, 16, 17, 22, 24: 1947, Live (CD 55).
-       Sonata No. 2: 1947, Live (CD 55).
-       Sonata No. 3: 1947 (CD 2, CD 26).
Liszt, Franz (1811–1886):
-       Au bord d’un source: 1947 (CD 12); 1975, Live (CD 56b).
-       Ballade No. 2: 1981, Live (CD 34).
-       Consolation No. 2: 1962 (CD 53a).
-       Consolation No. 3: 1979, Live (CD 32).
-       Consolation No. 4: 1950, Live (CD 54).
-       Consolation No. 5: 1950, Live (CD 54).
-       Funerailles: 1950 (CD 15, CD 28).
-       Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (arr. Horowitz): 1953, Live (CD 16b).
-       Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6: 1947 (CD 12); 1951, Live (CD 59b).
-       Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 (arr. Horowitz): 1950 (CD 15).
-       Hungarian Rhapsody No. 19 (arr. Horowitz): 1962 (CD 38).
-       Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (arr. Busoni-Horowitz): 1979, Live (CD 32).
-       Paganini Etude No. 2 (arr. Busoni): 1930 (CD 26).
-       Scherzo & March: 1967, Live (CD 53a).
-       Sonata in B minor: 1976, Live (CD 30).
-       Sonetto 104 del Petrarca: 1951 (CD 15).
-       Vallee d’Obermann: 1966, Live (CD 43b).
-       Valse oubliée: 1930 (CD 37); 28/4/1951 (CD 15, CD 28); 5/3/1951, Live (CD 59b); 1975, Live (CD 56b).
-       Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen – Prelude after Bach: 1989 (CD 58).
Medtner, Nikolay (1880–1951):
-       Fairy Tale Op. 51 No. 3: 1969 (CD 53a).
Mendelssohn, Felix (1809–1847):
-       Etude Op. 104b No. 3: 1965-67, Live (CD 53a).
-       Lieder ohne Worte, Elegie, Op. 85 No. 4: 1946 (CD 10, CD 25a, CD 28).
-       Lieder ohne Worte, May Breezes, Op. 62 No. 1: 1946 (CD 37); 1951, Live (CD 59b).
-       Lieder ohne Worte, Spring Song, Op. 62 No. 6: 1946 (CD 10, CD 25a, CD 28).  
-       Lieder ohne Worte, The Shepherd’s Complaint Op. 67 No. 5: 1946 (CD 25a, CD 28).
-       Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67 No. 3: 1949, Live (CD 54).
-       Scherzo a capriccio: 1980, Live (CD 33).
-       Variations serieuses: 1946 (CD 15).
-       Wedding March (arr. Liszt): 1946 (CD 15).
Moszkowski, Moritz (1854–1925)
-       Etincelles, Op. 36 No. 6: 23/4/1951, Live (CD 20); 5/3/1951, Live (CD 59b); 1975, Live (CD 56b).
-       Etude Op. 72 No. 11: 1950 (CD 25b); 1965, Live (CD 42b); 1965, Live, unedited (CD 57b).
-       Etude Op. 72 No. 6: 1950 (CD 37).
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756–1791):
-       Sonata KV 331: 1966, Live (CD 43b).
-       Sonata KV 331, III. Rondo alla turca: 1946 (CD 10).
-       Sonata KV 332: 1947 (CD 3, CD 25a).
-       Sonata KV 333: 1951, Live (CD 59a).
Mussorgsky, Modest (1839–1881):
-       Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Horowitz): 1947 (CD 1); 1951, Live (CD 23).
-       By the Water: 1947 (CD 10).
Poulenc, Francis (1899–1963):
-       Intermezzo No. 2: 1947, Live (CD 55).
-       Novellette No. 1: 1949, Live (CD 55).
-       Presto in E flat: 1947 (CD 37).
Prokofiev, Serge (1891–1953):
-       Cinderella, Nos. 1 & 3: 1949, Live (CD 55).
-       Sonata No. 7: 1945 (CD 2, CD 25b); 1951, Live (CD 59a).
-       Sonata No. 7, III. Precipitato: 1953, Live (CD 16b, encore).
-       Toccata Op. 11: 1947 (CD 10).
Rachmaninoff, Sergei (1873–1943):
-       Barcarolle Op. 10 No. 3: 1979, Live (CD 32).
-       Concerto No. 3: 1951, Reiner (CD 11); 1978, Live, Ormandy (CD 31).
-       Etude-tableau Op. 33 No. 2: 1962 (CD 38); 1967, Live (CD 46).
-       Etude-tableau Op. 33 No. 5: 1967, Live (CD 46).
-       Etude-tableau Op. 39 No. 5: 1962 (CD 38); 1967, Live (CD 60b); 1975, Live (CD 56b).
-       Etude-tableau Op. 39 No. 7: 1945, Live (CD 54).
-       Etude-tableau Op. 39 No. 9: 12/11/1967, Live (CD 60b); 10/12/1967, Live (CD 46); 1975, Live (CD 56b).
-       Humoreske Op. 10 No. 5: 1979, Live (CD 32).
-       Polka de V. R.: 1977 (CD 35).
-       Musical Moment Op. 16 No. 2: 1977 (CD 35).
-       Musical Moment Op. 16 No. 3: 1968, Live (CD 46)
-       Prelude Op. 23 No. 5: 1981, Live (CD 34).
-       Prelude Op. 32 No. 5: 1975, Live (CD 56b); 1977 (CD 35).
-       Prelude Op. 32 No. 12: 1968, Live (CD 46).
-       Sonata No. 2: 1968, Live (CD 46); 1980, Live (CD 33).
-       Sonata Op. 19, III. Andante: 1976, Rostropovich, Live (CD 52a).
Saint-Saens, Camille (1835–1921):
-       Danse Macabre (trans. Liszt-Horowitz): 1942 (CD 25b).
Scarlatti, Domenico (1685–1757):
-       Sonata K20 (arr. Tausig): 1928 (CD 26).
-       Sonata K46: 1946 (CD 37).
-       Sonata K55: 1967, Live (CD 60b); 1968, Live (CD 44).
-    Sonata K87: 1947 (CD 37); 1981, Live (CD 34).
-    Sonata K101: 1967, Live (CD 60b).
-    Sonata K260: 1967, Live (CD 53b, CD 60b).
-    Sonata K319: 1967, Live (CD 53b, CD 60b).
-    Sonata K322: 1946 (CD 37); 1951, Live (CD 59b); 1962 (CD 39).
-    Sonata K380: 1946 (CD 37); 1951 (CD 20); 1968, Live (CD 44).
-    Sonata K455: 1946 (CD 37); 1962 (CD 39).
-    Sonata K466: 1964 (CD 41); 1967, Live (CD 60b); 1981, Live (CD 34).
-    Sonata K531: 1947 (CD 37); 1962 (CD 39).
-    Sonatas KK33, 39, 54, 96, 146, 162, 198, 474, 481, 491, 525: 1964 (CD 41).
-    Sonatas KK24, 52, 197, 201, 303, 547: 1964 (CD 53a).
-    Sonatas KK127, 184, 224, 494: 1981, Live (CD 34).
Schubert, Franz (1797–1828):
-       Impromptu Op. 90 Nos. 2 & 4: 1973 (CD 49).
-       Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3: 1953 (CD 28); 1962 (CD 39).
-       Impromptu Op. 142 Nos. 1 & 2: 1973 (CD 49).
-       Sonata D960: 1953, Live (CD 16a).
Schumann, Robert (1810–1856):
-       Arabeske Op. 18: 1962 (CD 38); 1967, Live (CD 60b); 1968, Live (CD 44).
-       Blumenstück Op. 19: 1966, Live (CD 43a); 1975, Live (CD 56a).
-       Dichterliebe: 1976, Fischer-Dieskau, Live (CD 52b).
-       Fantaisie Op. 17: 1965, Live (CD 42a); 1965, Live, unedited (CD 57a).
-       Fantasiestucke Op. 111: 1980, Live (CD 33).
-       Humoreske Op. 20: 1979, Live (CD 32).
-       Kinderszenen: 1950 (CD 4); 1962 (CD 39, CD 57b); 1982, Live (CD 36).
-       Kinderszenen, No. 7 Träumerei: 1947 (CD 10); 1950 (CD 25a, CD 28); 1965, Live (CD 42b); 1965, Live, unedited (CD 57b); 1967, Live (CD 60b); 1968, Live (CD 44); 1975, Live (CD 56b).  
-       Kreisleriana: 1969 (CD 45).
-       Nachtstucke Op. 23 Nos. 3 & 4: 1980, Live (CD 33).
-       Sonata No. 3: 1975, Live (CD 56a); 1976, Live (CD 29).
-       Toccata Op. 7: 1962 (CD 45).
-       Variations on a Theme by Clara Wieck: 1951, Live (CD 20, CD 25a, CD 59a); 1969 (CD 45).
Scriabin, Alexander (1872–1915):
-       Etude Op. 2 No. 1: 1950 (CD 37); 1951, Live (CD 59b); 1962 (CD 39); 1965, Live (CD 42b); 1965, Live, unedited (CD 57b).
-       Etude Op. 8 No. 2: 1972 (CD 48).
-       Etude Op. 8 No. 8: 1972 (CD 48).
-       Etude Op. 8 No. 10: 1972 (CD 48).
-       Etude Op. 8 No. 11: 1953, Live (CD 16b); 1972 (CD 48).
-       Etude Op. 8 No. 12: 1962 (CD 39); 1968, Live (CD 44); 1982, Live (CD 36).
-       Etude Op. 42 No. 5: 1953, Live (CD 16b); 1972 (CD 48).
-       Etudes Op. 43 Nos. 3 & 4: 1972 (CD 48).
-       Etude Op. 65 No. 3: 1972 (CD 53a).
-       Feuillet d’album Op. 45 No. 1: 1972 (CD 48).
-       Feuillet d’album Op. 58: 1972 (CD 53a).
-       Poeme Op. 32 No. 1: 1962 (CD 39); 1965, Live (CD 42b); 1965, Live, unedited (CD 57a).
-       Poemes Op. 69 Nos. 1 & 2: 1972 (CD 48).
-       Preludes Op. 11 Nos. 1, 3, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16: 1955 (CD 18).
-       Prelude Op. 11 No. 5: 1956 (CD 20).
-       Prelude Op. 22 No. 1: 1956 (CD 20).
-       Preludes Op. 13 No. 6; Op. 15 No. 2; Op. 16 Nos. 1, 4; Op. 27 No. 1; Op. 48 No. 3; Op. 51 No. 2; Op. 59 No. 2; Op. 67 No. 1: 1955 (CD 18).  
-       Sonata No. 3: 1955 (CD 18).
-       Sonata No. 5: 1976, Live (CD 29).
-       Sonata No. 9: 1953, Live (CD 16b, CD 25b); 1965, Live (CD 42b); 1965, Live, unedited (CD 57a).
-       Sonata No. 10: 1966, Live (CD 43a, CD 48).
-       Vers la flamme, Allegro moderato: 1972 (CD 48).
Sousa, John Philip (1854–1932):
-       The Stars and Stripes Forever (trans. Horowitz): 1950 (CD 37); 1951, Live (CD 20).
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilych (1840–1893):
-       9 Sacred Pieces, Pater Noster: 1976, Woodside, Live (CD 52b).
-       Dumka Op. 54: 1942 (CD 26).
-       Piano Concerto No. 1: 1941, Toscanini (CD 6); 1943, Live, Toscanini (CD 22).
-       Trio Op. 50, I. Pezzo elegiaco: 1976, Stern, Rostropovich, Live (CD 52a).
Traditional:
-       God Save the Queen: 1982, Live (CD 36).
Wagner, Richard (1813–1883):
     -       Isolde’s Liebestod (trans. Liszt): 1989 (CD 58).

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