HOROWITZ Live at Carnegie Hall, Volume 2 (1948) - PAKM072

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Concert of 2 April 1948
Music by Beethoven, Schubert, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scarlatti, Mozart, Sousa

Total duration:  79:27 (CD) & 91:23 (Download, includes encores)

Vladimir Horowitz, piano

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Hot on the heels of last month's opening volume in this collection of previously-unissued recordings made for pianist Vladimir Horowitz by the in-house Carnegie Hall Recording Company onto acetate 78rpm discs, I'm delighted to bring you this second concert, the last of the 1947-48 season, which took place on the evening of Friday 2 April, 1948, exactly two months after the previous concert.

Here the only duplicate from the previous concert is the Schubert Impromptu, once again the second item in the concert; again there's a short, single-movement Scarlatti sonata, and again the concert ended with a Horowitz-enhanced showpiece, in this case an astounding rendition of Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever.

As with the previous concert the total duration of about an hour and a half leaves it just a few minutes too long for a single CD, but disappointingly short if spread over two discs. As the series progresses we should build up a collection of Horowitz encores sufficient for a CD release of their own - in the meantime if you wish to hear the "extras" - the Sousa, Chopin's Nocturne in F sharp, Op. 15 No. 2 and Mozart's Rondo alla Turca - you'll find them in the free MP3 download which comes when you purchase this CD at Pristine Classical. Naturally our FLAC and MP3 downloads include all tracks.

If anything, the present release exceeds Volume One in terms of sound quality and may well prove the best-preserved of all these concerts, making my job considerably easier than usual. One minor point I should make: the opening 11 bars of the Scarlatti were not captured. By careful editing and the removal of an extraneous note decay, I was able to use the repeat of the opening to replace the missing section. It is interesting to see how incredibly closely and precisely the playing of that repeat matched what we do have of its first incarnation in both timing and nuance - I have little doubt that the playing of the opening bars would likewise have sounded just as it does in the recreation created here.

Andrew Rose

1. BEETHOVEN 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80  (10:19)

2. SCHUBERT Impromptu in G flat major, Op.90 No.3, D899  (6:42)

MUSSORGSKY  Pictures at an Exhibition
3. Promenade  (1:30)
4. 1. Gnomus  (2:21)
5. Promenade (2nd)  (0:49)
6. 2. Il Vecchio Castello  (3:29)
7. Promenade (3rd)  (0:31)
8. 3. Tuilleries  (1:02)
9. 4. Bydlo  (2:39)
10. Promenade (4th)  (0:38)
11. 5. Ballet de Poussins dans leurs Coques  (1:16)
12. 6. Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle  (2:08)
13. 7. Limoges, Le Marché  (1:16)
14. 8. Catacombae  (1:11)
15. Con Mortuis in Lingua Mortua  (2:30)
16. 9. La Cabane sur des Pattes de Poule  (3:04)
17. La Porte des Bohatyrs de Kiev  (4:17)

18. CHOPIN Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op 52  (9:57)

19. DEBUSSY Sérénade à la poupée (No. 3 from Coin des Enfants)  (2:56)
20. DEBUSSY Étude pour les huit doigts (No. 6 from Etudes, Livre 1)  (1:31)

21. LISZT Funerailles (No. 7 from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses III, S.173)  (9:51)

22. RACHMANINOV Prelude in G major, Op.32 No.5  (3:05)
23. RACHMANINOV Prelude in G minor, Op.23 No.5  (3:44)

24. SCARLATTI Sonata in A, K 322, L 483  (2:41)

Encores - Included in downloads only (NB. CD includes MP3 download of these items)

25. MOZART Rondo alla Turca (from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A, K.331)
26. CHOPIN Nocturne in F-sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2
27. SOUSA-HOROWITZ Stars and Stripes Forever

Vladimir Horowitz    piano

XR remastering by Andrew Rose

Cover artwork based on a photograph of Vladimir Horowitz

Recorded 2 April1948
Carnegie Hall, New York City

Total duration:  79:27 (CD) & 91:23 (Download)