We’re offering an exclusive preview of previously unreleased recordings from Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall each week through Monday, September 30, when the comprehensive box set is released on Sony Classical. This week, we’re streaming the Allegro con fuoco movement from Horowitz’s 1953 performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23.
Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall, a comprehensive collection of live recordings from the legendary pianist’s Carnegie Hall performances between 1943 and 1978, includes three previously unreleased performances taken from the Horowitz private collection, and four previously unreleased complete recitals from the Sony archives, plus a DVD that features the first release of the famous TV concert Horowitz on Television—a concert that hasn’t been seen since its last airing on CBS in 1968. The box set includes a 180-page hardcover book with new liner notes on Vladimir Horowitz and his special relationship with Carnegie Hall, a history of the Hall, concert brochures, and an introduction to the previously unreleased recordings from Horowitz’s private collection. Pre-order Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall from Amazon.com.
Listen to this week’s exclusive streaming track, the Allegro con fuoco movement from Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23—a previously unreleased recording with the New York Philharmonic conducted by George Szell that was captured on January 12, 1953, at the first of three Silver Jubilee concerts Horowitz gave that year.
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23 - III. Allegro con fuocoVladimir Horowitz, PianoNew York PhilharmonicGeorge Szell, Conductor(Recorded at Carnegie Hall on January 12, 1953)
Remarkably, following Horowitz’s 1953 performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic, he didn’t perform another concerto in public for 25 years until his final Carnegie Hall performance, the Golden Jubilee Concert of January 8, 1978, when he performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
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