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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2004
This set includes all of the recordings Vladimir Horowitz did for Deutsche Grammophon in the 1980s, including his historical concert in Moscow.
While the context of his return in Moscow is moving, the studio recordings are simply wonderful. The sound quality is impeccable. The Steinway piano sounds warm but yet crisp and sharp. Horowitz still has plenty of power, and if you don't have a good sound system, you will notice that your speakers will literally fail, due to the overwhelming wall of sound that Horowitz creates in the intense parts.
The tender moments are just as exciting, as they are enhanced by the very quiet and clear digital recording process. Liszt's Standchen and Mozart's Piano Concerto No 23 are only two of a myriad of highlights contained on this boxed set. Having these high quality digital recordings of this piano legend is a blessing that you can't afford to miss. And at this price, it's simply irresistible.
For those of you with a larger budget, don't forget the complete masterworks recordings (1962-73) of Vladimir Horowitz on Sony Classical.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2008
I was fortunate enough to find this collection used for only 20 bucks, and I would easily pay more for it. This set contains the albums Horowitz at Home, Horowitz in Moscow, Horowitz plays Mozart, The Last Romantic, Horowitz the Poet, and the 1985 studio recordings. All of the music is superb and you will see it frequently released in Horowitz compilation cds. I highly recommend this collection for any Horowitz lover or as a collection to get into Horowitz.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 16, 2010
For reasons perhaps reflecting what may very well be a coming collapse of classical music pricing and distribution, bargains of an almost too good to be true nature continue to emerge on Amazon. This certainly is one! With the already very reasonable price slashed by half, you can now purchase all six Horowitz discs making up his recordings for DG for a little over twenty-five dollars. It's a buyer's market!

This set includes the famous Moscow Concert, a number of selections of pieces Horowtiz did very well, including Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Scarlatti, and Scriabin, and even includes a Mozart Concerto, with large-scaled backing by Giulini. By this time in his career Horowitz plays more reflectively; the huge passionate outbursts of his salad days, with thunderous dynamics and blazing tempos are not the main attraction. One should absolutely not expect the reincarnation of, say, live concerts with Horowitz and Toscanini! Instead, perhaps channeling late Liszt, Horowitz seems at his best here when playing music requiring reflection and poetry.

Of course, this IS still Horowitz the virtouso - despite his age at the time of these recordings, around eighty - there's still plenty of pyrotechnics, though I find them more careful, and with a few bald spots showing through when he strives for more full sonorites and explosions. Opinions differ on the DG sound - Horowitz apparently never made life easy for the engineers, and there is some variance here, with some of the results not at all the equal of the best modern recordings.

If you don't yet have the Cd of the legendary return to Moscow Concert, or any of Horowitz's other late DGs, this is a great chance to hear them at an extremely modest cost.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 16, 2010
The Vladimir Horowitz who emerged from retirement in 1985 was a very different pianist and musician than the one who had disappeared in 1983. Long gone were the leonine fortissimos and hysteria of the 1940s; also purged was the eccentricity that became a dominating factor in the 1970s; Horowitz had replaced these with a new balance and simplicity. He was never a puritan thank goodness, but "controlled freedom" (as Harold Schonberg phrased it) became the hallmark of the playing of Horowitz's last few years.

The highlights of this set are too numerous to list in toto, but a few standouts are 1985's Kreisleriana, much of the Moscow recital, Mozart's Sonatas K. 281 and 333, and the Schubert-Liszt works - especially Standchen, which may well be Horowitz's best post-1980 recording. Other recordings fall into a middle ground: Mozart's K. 330 Sonata (the live 1986 slightly preferable to the dryish 1985 version), and the K. 488 Concerto with Giulini (demoted from a top recommendation due to the non-descript, tonally un-alluring orchestra). Schubert's D. 960 Sonata, rejected by Horowitz and issued posthumously, is a fussy, contrived performance that should have remained in the vault as the pianist wished.

Unavoidably, in view of the varying locations, the quality of recorded sound varies - from the constricted, dry sonority of The Last Romantic to the atmospheric quality of the 1985 Studio Recordings. Most occupy a middle ground - clearly focused, but far from the "microphone in the piano" sound of RCA's late 1970s recordings.

Potential buyers should be aware that, for relatively little extra cost, a newer version of this compilation is available that includes the 1987 Hamburg recital (Horowitz's last) and a few bonus tracks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2012
In a few words: fantastic interpretations of the greatest classical and romantic pianist ever, period.
These DG recording sessions reflects Horowitz's most "mature" period, at his "plenitude", where we can listen to a right-handed phrasing capable of transport us to the "music heaven". Of course, all these recordings are available as separate albums, but here we have an opportunity of grab all DG albums in a convenient boxset. Specially recommended to newbies or as a replacemnet of previous versions (scratched LPs, damaged CDs or as a backup for your car's CD-changer.
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on April 25, 2015
I was fortunate enough to find this collection used for only 20 bucks, and I would easily pay more for it. At this point in his career Horowitz was not the virtuoso as he was in his younger days, but instead we have more poetic playing and sensitive passion. Highlights include a beautiful Liszt/Schubert Ständchen transcription, a sublime Kinderszenen and some charming Mozart. He can still apply and play the difficult works such as the Chopin Scherzo No. 1, the Scriabin D-Sharp Minor Etude and the Moszkowski encores.

This set contains his six major studio releases which are the following albums:

1. Horowitz at Home with contents listed here:

2. Horowitz in Moscow with contents listed here:

3. Horowitz plays Mozart with contents listed here:

4. The Last Romantic with contents listed here:

5. Horowitz the Poet with contents listed here:

6. 1985 studio recordings with contents listed here:

All of the music is superb and you will see it frequently released in Horowitz compilation CDs so to see it all together and at this price is quite a bargain. I highly recommend this collection for any Horowitz lover or as a collection to get into Horowitz. The complete list of all the works on the CD can be found here:

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on January 21, 2014
After listening to Horowitz live at Carnegie box set for the last 3 weeks I find this box set lacks the fire and zeal of the live and private recordings of Carnegie Hall.After Carnegie hall it seems Horowitz is not the same caliber that in live recording than in the studio.Nevertheless I keep the recording as live in Moscow was excellent.I wish Sony re-released the complete box set at a reasonable price as the second party seller is making a bomb or money for asking price.If your thinking of buying a box set that you will never tire to listen the get the Carnegie Box Set that has fire in his playing.He is full of raw emotion and make the piano sing and then get this box set
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2009
Ce merveilleux coffret édité à prix doux chez D.G comble de bonheur ; Horowitz est habité par l'aisanece et la facilité ; tout semble simple en l'acoutant jouer ce répertoire qu'il maitrise à fond pour l'avoir interprété mendant tant d'années ; il est incomparable dans Mozart, Schumann, et dans ces sonates de Sacarlatti si difficiles à jouer en dépit de leur simplicité apparente. Son Chopin est bouleversant d'émotion, Liszt ne hurle pas ! Quelques pièces de Rachmaninov et Scriabin qu'il joue avec un tempérament si russe, si slave. Enfin le bonheur est total avec l'enregistrement du concert de Moscou : quelle émotion que d'entendre les silences de la salle contenue par autant de génie, pour des retrouvailles historiques.
Rien à dire sur les qualités techniques d'enregistrement ; c'est tout simplement parfait, mais les ingénieurs du son de chez D.G. devaient savoir à quoi s'attendre ! Enfin, pour l'anecdote, les audiophiles noteront une similarité indéniable sur le "son" proprement dit du piano du Maitre : celui de son propre Steinway qui le suivait, partout où il jouait. Une exigence de star bien comprise, dans notre intérêt et notre bénéfice exclusif.
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on February 17, 2014
I down loaded the cloud copy for the car. That is where we listen to music the most. Have not opened the CD package. Keeping it for an archive copy. So the Great Grandkids can also enjoy one of the greatest classical pianist of all time. CDs will probably go the way of vinyl records in the near future.
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on October 5, 2015
Very happy with this cd box set . I'm big fan Horowitz a real joy getting this box set. Excellent quality as advertised . Minor wear on lower box binder. Not an issue .I would purchase from this vendor again. thank you.
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