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An Index of Released & Unreleased Studio Recordings
Prepared and Compiled by Christian Johansson and Bernie Horowitz

 


All commercially released recordings are written in black and have a reference to the label & catalogue number of the issue in the alphabetical section. When recordings have appeared in more than one commercial issue only one catalogue number has been quoted (there are a few overlaps though as all commercial items included in the index have been listed in completion) - generally to the best, most recent, or most accessible release. All catalogue numbers refer to a CD release unless other is stated.

Material that has never appeared in any commercial release is written in grey, and have an indication in bold text to the type of the recording. There are seven kinds of commercially unreleased recordings, a description of each follows below.


Unreleased Recordings
These are recordings which were professionally recorded by Horowitz's current record company, but which have by one reason or another not been released. The reasons for this are innumerable, but in most cases they have remained unreleased as Horowitz was dissatisfied with the recording and did not approve it for commercial release, or (especially in the early recordings) perhaps as the recording engineer was dissatisfied with the technical quality of the recording and did not approve it for release (yep, both the artist's and the engineer's approval were required before a recording could be released). Fortunately most, though not all, of these recordings are preserved in the vaults of the record company responsible for them, and we can only hope as many of them as possible will be released in due time now when they're not controlled as tightly by Horowitz or The Horowitz Estate anymore. The best way of pushing for this is to buy Horowitz's CDs and DVDs to show that there is a public interest in Horowitz's recordings and to provide funds for further releases.

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Welte and Söhne Piano Roll Session

 

January or February 1926: M. Welte and Söhne Studios, Freiburg, Germany

 

·         Bach-Busoni: Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C major, BWV 564*

·         Bach-Busoni: Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532

·         Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.30 No.4

·         Chopin: Mazurka in F minor, Op.63 No.2

·         Chopin: Etude in F major, Op.10 No.8

·         Chopin: Etude in G-flat major, Op.10 No.5

·         Horowitz: Danse Excentrique (Moment Exotique)

·         Horowitz: Carmen Variations

·         Liszt-Busoni: Fantasie on Two Themes from Mozart’s “Figaro”

·         Liszt: Valse Oubliee No.1

·         Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G major, Op.32 No.5

·         Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op.32 No.12

·         Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G minor, Op.23 No.5

·         Schubert-Liszt: Liebesbotschaft

 

 

* Only the Adagio and Fugue have been released

 

 

Private Silent-Movie Session

 

1926: Paris Opera House, France

 

·         Chopin: Etude in F major, Op.10 No.8

·         Chopin: Etude in B minor, Op.25 No.10

 

 

RCA Victor Recording Sessions

 

March 26, 1928: Victor Studio No.1, Camden, New Jersey (Studio)

 

·         Horowitz: Carmen Variations

·         Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.30 No.4

·         Scarlatti-Tausig: Capriccio in E major, K.20 (L.375)

·         Debussy: Serenade for the Doll

 

 

April 2, 1928: Victor Studio No.1, Camden, New Jersey (Studio)

 

·         Horowitz: Carmen Variations

·         Scarlatti-Tausig: Capriccio in E major, K.20 (L.375)

 

 

Aeolian Company Piano Roll Session

 

Between June and September 1928: Duo-Art Studios, New York City, New York

 

·         Horowitz: Carmen Variations

·         Saint-Saëns-Liszt: Danse Macabre, Op.40

·         Tchaikovsky: Dumka, Op.59

·         Chopin: Etude in E-flat minor, Op.10 No.6

·         Chopin: Etude in C minor, Op.25 No.12

·         Schubert-Liszt: Liebesbotschaft

·         Rachmaninoff: Prelude in A minor, Op.32 No.8

·         Rachmaninoff: Prelude in B minor, Op.32 No.10

·         Horowitz: Waltz in F minor

 

 

 

RCA Victor Recording Sessions

 

December 4, 1928: Victor Studio No.1, Camden, New Jersey (Studio)

 

·         Liszt: Valse Oubliee No.1

·         Dohnanyi: Concert-Etude in F minor, Op.28 No.4

 

 

January 2, 1929: Unknown location (Studio)

 

·         Liszt: Valse Oubliee No.1

·         Schubert-Liszt: Liebesbotschaft

 

 

January 4, 1929: Unknown location (Studio)

 

·         Schubert-Liszt: Liebesbotschaft

·         Liszt: Valse Oubliee No.1

·         Liszt-Busoni: Paganini Etude No.2 in E-flat major

 

 

February 25, 1930: Liederkranz Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Liszt: Valse Oubliee No.1

·         Liszt-Busoni: Paganini Etude No.5 in E major

·         Horowitz: Carmen Variations

 

 

 

March 4, 1930: Liederkranz Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Etude in F major, Op.10 No.8

·         Horowitz: Danse Excentrique (Moment Exotique)

·         Liszt-Busoni: Paganini Etude No.2 in E-flat major

·         Liszt-Busoni: Paganini Etude No.5 in E major

 

 

 

Gramophone Recording Sessions [EMI]

 

 

December 29, 1930: Kingsway Hall, London, England (Studio)

 

·         Rachmaninoff: First Movement from Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30

 

     - Albert Coates/London Symphony Orchestra

 

 

 

December 30, 1930: Kingsway Hall, London, England (Studio)

 

·         Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30

 

     - Albert Coates/London Symphony Orchestra

 

·         Prokofiev: Toccata in D minor, Op.11

 

 

 

June 12, 1931: Beethovensaal, Berlin, Germany (Studio)

 

·        Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G minor, Op.23 No.5

 

 

 

Gramophone Company Recording Sessions [EMI]

 

 

November 11, 1932: Abbey Road Studio No.3, London, England (Studio)

 

·        Poulenc: Pastourelle

·        Poulenc: Toccata

·        Haydn: Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:52

·        Rimsky Korsakov-Rachmaninoff: Flight of the Bumblebee

·        Stravinsky: Danse Russe from Petrushka

 

 

 

November 11, 1932: Abbey Road Studio No.3, London, England (Studio)

 

·        Liszt: Sonata in B minor

 

 

 

November 15, 1932: Abbey Road Studio No.3, London, England (Studio)

 

·        Schumann: Presto Passionato, Op.22

·        Liszt: Funerailles

·        Chopin: Mazurka in F minor, Op.7 No.3

·        Chopin: Etude in F major, Op.10 No.8

·        Schumann: Traumeswirren, Op.12 No.7

 

 

 

May 29, 1933: Abbey Road Studio No.3, London, England (Studio)

 

·        Schumann: Arabeske in C major, Op.18

·        Chopin: Mazurka in E minor, Op.41 No.2

·        Schumann: Toccata in C major, Op.7

·        Chopin: Nocturne in F major, Op.15 No.1

 

 

 

Radio Broadcast: October 5, 1933: Copenhagen, Denmark (Live)

 

·         Debussy: Serenade for the Doll

 

 

May 6, 1934: Abbey Road Studio No.3, London, England (Studio)

 

·        Bach-Busoni: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen (Choral Prelude)

·        Schumann: Arabeske in C major, Op.18

·        Debussy: Pour les arpeges composes (Etude No.11)

·        Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80

·        Schumann: Toccata in C major, Op.7

 

 

 

May 12, 1934: Abbey Road Studio No.3, London, England (Studio)

 

·        Chopin: Mazurka in A minor, Op.17 No.4

·        Schumann: Toccata in C major, Op.7

·        Chopin: Etude in F major, Op.25 No.3

·        Chopin: Etude in G-flat major, Op.10 No.5

·        Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Paganini [Part 1]*

 

* Believed lost or destroyed

 

 

May 29, 1934: Unknown location (Studio)

 

·        Chopin: Etude in G-flat major, Op.10 No.5

·        Chopin: Etude in F major, Op.25 No.3

 

 

 

June 2, 1935: Abbey Road Studio No.3, London, England (Studio)

 

·        Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.50 No.3

·        Chopin: Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.10 No.4

·        Chopin: Etude in G-flat major, Op.10 No.5

·        Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K.87 (L.33)

·        Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, K.125 (L.487)

·        Chopin: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35 [first and second movements only]

 

 

 

June 4, 1935: Abbey Road Studio No.3, London, England (Studio)

 

·        Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K.87 (L.33)

·        Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, K.125 (L.487)

·        Chopin: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35 [second movement and part of third]

 

 

 

June 6, 1935: Unknown location (Studio)

 

·        Chopin: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35 [first movement only]

·        Liszt: Sonetto 123 del Petrarca

 

 

 

March 9, 1936: Abbey Road Studio No.3, London, England (Studio)

 

·        Chopin: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35 [probably only the first movement]

·        Chopin: Scherzo No.4 in E major, Op.54

 

 

 

RCA Victor Recording Sessions

 

 

 

May 6, 1941: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.23*

 

    - Arturo Toscanini/NBC Symphony Orchestra

 

* Entire concerto recorded, only first movement and part II of the third used for commercial release.

 

 

May 14, 1941: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.23 [second and third movements only]*

 

    - Arturo Toscanini/NBC Symphony Orchestra

 

* Everything except part II of the third movement used for commercial release

 

 

 

August 27, 1942: Hollywood Recording Studio, California (Studio)

 

·        Tchaikovsky: Dumka, Op.59*

·        Chopin: Waltz in D-flat major, Op.64 No.1 (Minute)

·        Chopin: Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op.64 No.2

 

* Only the second half used for commercial release

 

 

 

September 10, 1942: Hollywood Recording Studio, California (Studio)

 

·         Saint-Saëns-Liszt-Horowitz: Danse Macabre, Op.40

·         Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca

·         Chopin: Mazurka in F-sharp minor, Op.59 No.3

·        Chopin: Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op.64 No.2

 

 

September 29, 1942: Hollywood Recording Studio, California (Studio)

 

·        Tchaikovsky: Dumka, Op.59 [part I]

·        Scarlatti: Sonata in A major, K.322

·        Scarlatti: Sonata in A major, K.533

 

- Note: The recording logs for the Sept.29 & Oct.9 sessions do not specify the Scarlatti items, they are only labeled as "Two Sonatas in A major". However, I have been convinced ONE of these sessions had the K.322 and K.533 Sonatas, and have assumed the other session contained the same Sonatas.

 

 

October 9, 1942: Unknown location (Studio)

 

·        Horowitz: Carmen Variations

·        Scarlatti: Sonata in A major, K.322

·        Scarlatti: Sonata in A major, K.533

 

- Note: The recording logs for the Sept.29 & Oct.9 sessions do not specify the Scarlatti items, they are only labeled as "Two Sonatas in A major". However, I have been convinced ONE of these sessions had the K.322 and K.533 Sonatas, and have assumed the other session contained the same Sonatas.

 

 

 

December 23, 1944: Hunter College Auditorium, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Czerny: Variations on a Theme from La Ricordanza, Op.33

·        Beethoven: Sonata in C major, Op.53 (Waldstein)

 

 

 

May 6, 1945: Unknown location (Studio)

 

·        Brahms: Waltz in A-flat major, Op.39 No.15

·        Moszkowski: Etude [unspecified]

·        Sousa-Horowitz: The Stars and Stripes Forever

 

 

 

September 22, 1945: Hunter College Auditorium, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Prokofiev: Sonata No.7 in B-flat major, Op.83*

·        Chopin: Andante Spianato, Op.22 No.1

·        Chopin: Polonaise Brilliante, Op.22 No.2

 

* Only first and third movements used for commercial release.

 

 

 

September 23, 1945: Hunter College Auditorium, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op.53

·        Chopin: Waltz in A minor Op.34 No.2

 

 

 

October 6, 1945: Hunter College Auditorium, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Prokofiev: Sonata No.7 in B-flat major, Op.83 [second movement]

·        Chopin: Andante Spianato, Op.22 No.1

·        Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op.53

 

 

 

October 24, 1946: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Mozart: Sonata No.11 in A major, K.331

·        Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K.380 (L.23)

·        Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, K.355 (L.209)

 

 

October 25, 1946: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Mozart: Rondo alla Turca from the Sonata in A major, K.331

·        Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K.46 (L.25)

·        Scarlatti: Sonata in A major, K.322 (L.483)

·        Mendelssohn: Variations Serieuses, Op.54*

 

* Only variations 1-7 used for commercial release

 

 

October 28, 1946: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Mendelssohn: Variations Serieuses, Op.54 [Variations 8-17]

 

 

 

October 29, 1946: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Mendelssohn: Shepherd’s Complaint, Op.67 No.5

·        Mendelssohn: May Breezes, Op.62 No.1

·        Mendelssohn: Elegy, Op.85 No.4

·        Mendelssohn: Spring Song, Op.62 No.6

 

 

 

November 21, 1946: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Mendelssohn: Variations Serieuses, Op.54 [Variations 14-17]

·        Beethoven: Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight)*

 

* Everything used for commercial release except the second part of the third movement.

 

 

 

November 22, 1946: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Liszt-Horowitz: Mendelssohn Wedding March Variations

·        Mendelssohn: Variations Serieuses*

 

* Only Variations 8-17 used for commercial release

 

 

 

November 26, 1946: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Beethoven: Third movement from Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight)*

 

* Only the second part used for commercial release

 

 

 

November 27, 1946: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Mozart: Sonata in A major, K.331 [second part of first movement and second movement only]

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in A major, K.322 (L.483)

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K.46 (L.25)

·         Schumann: Traumerei, Op.15 No.7

 

 

 

November 29, 1946: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op.64 No.2

·         Prokofiev: Toccata in D minor, Op.11

·         Brahms: Waltz in A-flat major, Op.39 No.15

·         Moszkowski: Etude in F major, Op.72 No.6

 

 

 

May 15, 1947: Town Hall(?), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Mussorgsky-Horowitz: Pictures at an Exhibition

 

 

 

May 16, 1947: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Debussy: Serenade for the Doll

·         Poulenc: Presto in B-flat major

·         Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.6*

 

* Only the first half was used for the commercial release

 

 

May 19, 1947: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.6*

·         Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23

·         Chopin: Nocturne in F-sharp minor, Op.15 No.2

·         Liszt: Au Bord d’Une Source

 

* Only the second half was used for the commercial release

 

 

 

September 4, 1947: Unknown location (Studio)

 

·         Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80

 

 

 

September 6, 1947: Republic Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (Studio)

 

·         Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80

·         Bach-Busoni: Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Choral Prelude)

·         Prokofiev: Toccata in D minor, Op.11

 

 

November 6, 1947: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Mozart: Sonata No.12 in F major, K.332

 

 

 

November 7, 1947: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K.87 (L.33)

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K.531 (L.430)

·         Mussorgsky-Horowitz: Pictures at an Exhibition*

 

* Nos. 5-7 were not used for commercial release

 

 

 

November 21, 1947: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Mussorgsky-Horowitz: By the Water

·         Chopin: Impromptu No.1 in A-flat major, Op.29

·         Schumann: Traumerei, Op.15 No.7

·         Prokofiev: Toccata in D minor, Op.11

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K.87 (L.33)

·         Mussorgsky-Horowitz: Pictures at an Exhibition [Nos. 5-7 only]*

 

* Christian Johansson writes: “One source claims these were used in RCA's first release (RCA Victor DM 1249) instead of the December 22 takes, but I personally think this is an error as ALL other sources I am aware of says Nov.21 is unreleased but Dec.22 issued.

 

 

 

December 22, 1947: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Mussorgsky-Horowitz: Pictures at an Exhibition [Nos. 5-7 only]

·         Chopin: Impromptu No.1 in A-flat major, Op.29

·         Kabalevsky: Sonata No.3 in F major, Op.46

·         Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat major, Op.90 No.3 [most likely played in G major]

·         Beethoven: Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight) [first and second movement only]

·         Horowitz: Carmen Variations

·         Chopin: Mazurka in F minor, Op.7 No.3

 

 

 

May 9, 1949: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47

·         Liszt-Horowitz: Hungarian Rhapsody No.15*

 

* Only the first half was used for commercial release, and at least two unreleased takes of the second part have survived

 

 

 

May 11, 1949: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47

·         Schumann: Arabeske in C major, Op.18

·         Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.41 No.1

·         Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.30 No.4

 

 

 

May 13, 1949: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47 [part 1]*

·         Chopin: Etude in E major, Op.10 No.3

·         Brahms: Waltz in A-flat major, Op.39 No.15

·         Moszkowski: Etude in F major, Op.72 No.6

·         Moszkowski: Etude in A-flat major, Op.72 No.11**

·         Sousa-Horowitz: The Stars and Stripes Forever

 

*   Another, less reliable, source states that the entire 4th Ballade was recorded, and not the first half of the third

 

** Mislabeled as an unspecified Etude in A minor from Op.72

 

 

 

July 22, 1949: Unknown location (Studio)

 

·         Sousa-Horowitz: The Stars and Stripes Forever

 

 

 

December 23, 1949: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15

·         Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52

 

 

 

December 28, 1949: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52

·         Chopin: Mazurka in D-flat major, Op.30 No.3

·         Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.30 No.4

·         Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op.55 No.1

 

 

 

December 30, 1949: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op.55 No.1

·         Chopin: Mazurka in F minor, Op.63 No.2

·         Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.63 No.3

·         Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.50 No.3

·         Chopin: Mazurka in F-sharp minor, Op.59 No.3

·         Barber: Sonata in E-flat minor, Op.26 [second and fourth movements only]

 

 

 

May 10, 1950: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15*

·         Chopin: Mazurka in F minor, Op.59 No.3

·         Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.50 No.3

 

* No’s 6 and 7 not used for commercial release.

 

 

 

May 13, 1950: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35

 

 

 

May 15, 1950: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Barber: Sonata in E-flat minor, Op.26

 

 

 

May 17, 1950: Town Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Schumann: No’s 6 and 7 from Kinderszenen, Op.15

·         Liszt-Horowitz: Hungarian Rhapsody No.15 [second half only]

·         Clementi: Third movement from Sonata in B-flat major, Op.24 No.2

·         Scriabin: Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.2 No.1

 

 

 

June 22, 1950: RCA Studio No.2, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Brahms: Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108*

 

- Nathan Milstein, Violin

 

* Everything except the second part of the 4th movement was used for commercial release.

 

 

 

June 29, 1950: RCA Studio No.2, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Brahms: Fourth movement from Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108*

 

- Nathan Milstein, Violin

 

* First half not used for commercial release

 

 

 

October 9, 1950: Town Hall (?), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Bach-Busoni: Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, BWV 564

·         Sousa-Horowitz: The Stars and Stripes Forever

 

 

 

October 10, 1950: Town Hall (?), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op.55 No.1

·         Schumann: Arabeske in C major, Op.18

·         Brahms: Waltz in A-flat major, Op.39 No.15

·         Moszkowski: Etude in A-flat major, Op.72 No.11

·         Moszkowski: Etude in F major, Op.72 No.6

 

 

 

October 13, 1950: Town Hall (?), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat major, Op.90 No.3 [most likely played in G major]

 

 

 

December 27, 1950: Hunter College Auditorium, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Bach-Busoni: Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, BWV 564 [Toccata and first part of Adagio only]

·         Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op.55 No.1

·         Chopin: Polonaise in A major, Op.40 No.1 (Military)

·         Schumann: Arabeske Op.18

 

 

December 27, 1950: Hunter College Auditorium, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Sousa-Horowitz: Stars and Stripes Forever

·         Liszt: Funérailles

·         Liszt: Sonetto del Petrarca 104

·         Liszt: Valse Oubliée No.1

 

 

1951: “Guest Star Radio Broadcast” (Studio)

 

·        Horowitz selling Defense Bonds

·        Brahms: Waltz in A-flat major, Op.39 No.15

·        Moszkowski: Etude in F major, Op.72 No.6

·        Sousa-Horowitz: Stars and Stripes Forever

 

- Note: This broadcast has the appearance of being recorded live, but the works Horowitz "plays" are nothing else than his commercial recordings of the works (from 1950) with spliced in applause at the end. The three works (listed above) were all to be commercially released later that year and this broadcast must have served terrifically as PR for the new LP. So, no new performances here sadly.

 

 

 

February 12, 1951: Hunter College Auditorium, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Polonaise in A major, Op.40 No.1 (Military)

 

 

 

April 28, 1951: Hunter College Auditorium, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca

·         Liszt: Valse Oubliée No.1

·         Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op.55 No.1

 

 

 

April 29, 1951: Hunter College Auditorium, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op.20

·         Chopin: Etude in E major, Op.10 No.3

·         Chopin: Polonaise in A major, Op.40 No.1 (Military)

·         Moszkowski: Etincelles, Op.36 No.6

 

 

May 8, 1951: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 [entire first movement and part 1 of the second movement]

 

    - Fritz Reiner/Victor Symphony Orchestra

 

 

 

May 10, 1951: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 [part 2 of the second movement and entire third movement]

 

    - Fritz Reiner/Victor Symphony Orchestra

 

 

 

Gramophone Company Recording Sessions [EMI]

 

 

October 11, 1951: Abbey Road Studio No.?, London, England (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Nocturne in E minor, Op.72 No.1

·         Chopin: Impromptu No.1 in A-flat major, Op.29

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in A minor, K.188 (L.239)

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in A major, K.322 (L.483)

 

 

October 21, 1951: Abbey Road Studio No.?, London, England (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Nocturne in E minor, Op.72 No.1

·         Chopin: Impromptu No.1 in A-flat major, Op.29*

 

* One source claims that this recording was released, and the October 11 recording is the unreleased one. As if that wasn't enough, EMI themselves say that the commercially issued version of both the Nocturne and Impromptu were actually recorded on October 11 1935, which doesn't exactly make things easier! No documents supporting any recording session at all on October 11, 1935 have been found though, and I think both these claims are errors. As far as I can tell, the actual date of the released recording is October 11, 1951 - just as Jon Samuels' stated in his discography - and there were no recordings made at all on October 11, 1935.

 

 

 

RCA Victor Recording Sessions

 

 

January 5, 1952: Hunter College Auditorium, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Ballade No.4, Op.52

·         Chopin: Nocturne in E minor, Op.72 No.1

·         Chopin: Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.10 No.4

 

 

 

April 26, 1952: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73

 

    - Fritz Reiner/Victor Symphony Orchestra

 

 

 

May 8, 1952: Manhattan Center, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Ballade No.4, Op.52

 

 

 

December 29, 1952: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Schubert: Sonata No.12 in B-flat major, D.960 [1st, 2nd, & 3rd movements only]

 

 

 

January 4, 1953: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Schubert: Fourth movement from Sonata No.12 in B-flat major, D.960

·         Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat major, Op.90 No.3 [played in G major]

 

 

October 16 & 21, 1954: 14 East 94th Street (Horowitz’s Home), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Clementi: Sonata in F-sharp minor, Op.25 No.5

·         Clementi: Sonata in G minor, Op.34 No.2

·         Clementi: Sonata in F minor, Op.13 No.6

·         Tchaikovsky: Chanson Triste, Op.40 No.2

 

 

January 1955*: 14 East 94th Street (Horowitz’s Home), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Scriabin:  Sonata No.3 in F-sharp minor, Op.23

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in C major, Op.11 No.1

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op.11 No.10

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in E major, Op.11 No.9

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in G major, Op.11 No.3

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in B-flat minor, Op.11 No.16

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in G-flat major, Op.11 No.13

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in E-flat minor, Op.11 No.14

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in F-sharp minor, Op.15 No.2

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in B major, Op.16 No.1

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in B minor, Op.13 No.6

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in E-flat minor, Op.16 No.4

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in G minor, Op.27 No.1

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in A minor, Op.51 No.2

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in D-flat major, Op.48 No.3

·         Scriabin:  Prelude, Op.67 No.1

·         Scriabin:  Prelude, Op.59 No.2

·         Scriabin:  Prelude in D major, Op.11 No.5

·        Scriabin:  Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op.22 No.1

    * According to an article by Jack Pfeiffer ("Manhattan Holiday" - High Fidelity, October 1957) these recordings were made over 4 sessions early in 1955 and not on May 9 & 14, 1956 as generally believed. The finished product of these sessions was released in the fall of 1956, and there are production sheets for the Scriabin LP dated May 9 & May 14 1956 so at some stage it seems as if someone mistook the production sheets for recording logs and therefore dated these recordings erroneously to May 9 & 14, 1956. Recording logs are generated at the beginning of the recording process, when the music is captured on tape. Production sheets were typed at the end of the recording process, after the music had been recorded, the artwork selected, and the notes written - just prior to the actual release date of a new recording.

A huge thanks to Robert McAlear for this info.

 

 

 

May 11, 1956: 14 East 94th Street (Horowitz's Home), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Beethoven:  Second & Third movements from the Sonata in C major, Op.53 (Waldstein)*

      * Only parts from this recording were used for the commercial issue. The rest from these two movements was taken from the June 5 session.


June 5, 1956: 14 East 94th Street (Horowitz's Home), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Beethoven:  Second & Third movements from the Sonata in C major, Op.53 (Waldstein)*

·         Beethoven:  Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight)**

    * Only parts from this recording was used for the commercial issue. The rest from these two movements was taken from the May 11 session.

    ** Probably only the second and third movements were used for the commercial release. (See note below)

 


Fall 1956: Unknown Location* (Studio)

 

·         Promotion for the new Scriabin LP (serious version)

·         Promotion for the new Scriabin LP (joke version)

    * Most likely recorded in October 1956 in Horowitz's Home during the session below

 

 


October 1956: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·        Beethoven:  First movement from the Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight)*

    * This recording has caused me some headache, but here's what I believe was its reason and fate:


Horowitz recorded the entire Sonata on June 5, and approved it for commercial release. Later that summer he had second thoughts about the tempo in the first movement, and decided - much to the frustration of RCA's recording team who had to drag everything back to Horowitz's appartment - that it needed to be re-recorded if he was to approve the release of the album. He did so somewhere in October the same year, but only the first movement, and to the best of my knowledge the first movement from the June session remains unreleased.

Many thanks to Hank Drake for helping me sort everything out with this troublesome recording!

 


January 2, 1957: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.31

 


January 4, 1957: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.31

 

 


January 15, 1957: Hunter College Auditorium, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Chopin:  Scherzo No.3 in C-sharp minor, Op.39

 

 


February 19, 1957: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in E-flat major, Op.9 No.2

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in B major, Op.9 No.3

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in F major, Op.15 No.1

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.1

 

 


February 23, 1957: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in E-flat major, Op.9 No.2

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in B major, Op.9 No.3

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in F major, Op.15 No.1

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.1

·         Chopin:  Barcarolle in F-sharp minor, Op.60

·         Chopin:  Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.31

 

 


April 11, 1957: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op.64 No.2

 

 


May 14, 1957: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in E-flat major, Op.9 No.2

·         Chopin:  Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op.64 No.2

·         Horowitz:  Carmen Variations [Extended Test Version]

 

 


May 14, 18 & 25, 1959*: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Beethoven:  Sonata in F minor, Op.57 (Appassionata)


   
* The entire Sonata was recorded on May 14 & 18, but only the first movement on May 25. How the commercial release was compiled from these I don't know. 

 

 


May 29 & June 10, 1959: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Beethoven:  Sonata in D major, Op.10 No.3*

    * It seems as if the first three movements were recorded on May 29, and the entire sonata on June 10 - but how the commercial release was compiled I don't know.

 

 

Columbia [Sony]

 

 

April 18 & 24 and May 9 & 14, 1962: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35

·         Rachmaninoff:  Etude-Tableau in E-flat minor, Op.39 No.5

·         Rachmaninoff:  Etude-Tableau in C major, Op.33 No.2

·         Schumann:  Arabesque, Op.18

·         Liszt/Horowitz:  Hungarian Rhapsody No.19

·         Liszt:  Consolation No.2 in E major

 


November 6, 13, 29, December 6, 13 & 18, 1962: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Schumann:  Kindeszenen, Op.15

·         Schumann:  Toccata in C major, Op.7

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in E major, K.531 (L.430)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in A major, K.332 (L.483)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in G major, K.455 (L.209)

·         Schubert:  Impromptu in G-flat major, Op.90 No.3

·         Scriabin:  Poème in F-sharp major, Op.32 No.1

·         Scriabin:  Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.2 No.1

·         Scriabin:  Etude in D-sharp minor, Op.8 No.12

·         Schumann:  Traumeswirren, Op.12 No.7

·         Scriabin:  Poèm in D major, Op.32 No.2

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in D minor, K.9

·         Beethoven:  Sonata in E-flat major, Op.31 No.3

·         Youmans/Horowitz:  Tea for Two [slightly incomplete]

 

 


June 4, 1963: CBS 30th Street Studio(?), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Clementi:  Sonata in A minor, Op.50 No.1

·         Beethoven:  32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80

 

 


June 17, 1963: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·         Mozart:  Adagio in B minor, K.540

·         Chopin:  Etude in G-flat major, Op.10 No.5 (Black-Key)

·         Chopin:  Etude in E-flat minor, Op.10 No.6

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in B minor, Op.30 No.2

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in B-flat minor, Op.24 No.4

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in F-sharp minor, Op.59 No.3

 

 


July 8, 1963: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Etude in G-flat major, Op.10 No.5 (Black-Key)

·         Chopin:  Etude in C minor, Op.10 No.12 (Revolutionary)

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in E minor, Op.41 No.2

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.41 No.1

·         Mozart:  Adagio [unspecified]*

    * More than likely the Adagio in B minor, K.540. Please see the Alphabetical section for an explanation.

 

 


September 16, 1963: CBS 30th Street Studio(?), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Beethoven:  Sonata in C minor, Op.13 (Pathetique)

 

 


September 16 & 23, 1963: CBS 30th Street Studio(?), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Clementi:  Rondo from the Sonata in B-flat major, Op.25 No.3

 


September 23, 1963: CBS 30th Street Studio(?), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Beethoven:  Sonata in C minor, Op.13 (Pathetique)

·         Debussy:  Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses (Prelude No.4 from Book II)

·         Debussy:  Bruyères (Prelude No.5 from Book II)

·         Debussy:  General Lavine - eccentric (Prelude No.6 from Book II)

 

 


October 7, 1963: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·         Beethoven:  Sonata in C minor, Op.13 (Pathetique)

 

 


October 24, 1963: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·         Beethoven:  Sonata in C minor, Op.13 (Pathetique)

·         Debussy:  Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses (Prelude No.4 from Book II)

·         Debussy:  Bruyères (Prelude No.5 from Book II)

·         Debussy:  General Lavine - eccentric (Prelude No.6 from Book II)

·         Chopin:  Etude in C minor, Op.10 No.12 (Revolutionary)

 

 


November 4, 1963: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Debussy:  Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses (Prelude: Book II No.4)

·         Debussy:  Bruyères (Prelude: Book II No.5)

·         Debussy:  General Lavine - Eccentric (Prelude: Book II No.6)

·         Beethoven:  Sonata in C minor, Op.13 (Pathetique)

·         Chopin:  Etude in C minor, Op. 10 No.12 (Revolutionary)

·         Chopin:  Etude in E-flat minor, Op.10 No.6

·         Chopin:  Etude in G-flat major, Op.10 No.5 (Black Key)

·         Clementi:  Sonata in A major, Op.33 No.1 (a.k.a. Op.36 No.1)

 

 


November 14, 1963: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.25 No.7

·        Chopin:  Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op.20

 

 


April 23, May 4 & 18, June 4 and September 24 & 28, 1964: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in F major, K.525 (L.188)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in A major, K.39 (L.391)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in B minor, K.197 (L.147)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in C minor, K.303 (L.9)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in G major, K.547 (L.S28)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in G major, K.201 (L.129)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in F-sharp minor, K.25 (L.481)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in D minor, K.52 (L.267)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in D major, K.33 (L.424)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in A minor, K.54 (L.241)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in F minor, K.466 (L.118)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in G major, K.146 (L.349)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in D major, K.96 (L.465)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in E major, K.162 (L.21)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in E-flat major, K.474 (L.203)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in E minor, K.198 (L.22)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in D major, K.491 (L.164)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in F minor, K.481 (L.187)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in F major, K.296 (L.198)*

    * Apparently mislabeled as K.184 (L.189) in the recording logs.

 

 


October 15, 1964: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in E major, K.162 (L.21)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in E minor, K.198 (L.22)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in F minor, K.466 (L.118)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in A major, K.39 (L.391)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in D major, K.33 (L.424)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata [unspecified]

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata [unspecified]

 

 


1965: Horowitz's Home (14 East 94th Street), New York City, New York

 

·         Interview by Abram Chasins

 

 


January 7, 1965: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Bach/Busoni:  Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, BWV 564

·         Chopin:  Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major, Op.61

·         Debussy:  Pour les arpèges composés (Etude No.11)

·        Chopin:  Nocturne in F minor, Op.55 No.1

 

 


January 13, 1965: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in F minor, Op.55 No.1

·         Chopin:  Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23

·         Schumann:  Fantasy in C major, Op.17

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in C minor, Op.56 No.3

 

 


January 26, 1965: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in E minor, Op.41 No.2*

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in B minor, Op.33 No.4*

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in F-sharp minor, Op.59 No.3*

·         Chopin:  Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major, Op.61

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in F minor, Op.55 No.1

    * According to the recording log for this session Horowitz played three Mazurkas, two unspecified and Op.17 No.4. This is wrong, Horowitz did play three Mazurkas but Op.17 No.4 was not one of them.

 

 


April 7, 1965: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio) [Rehearsal]

 

·         Bach/Busoni:  Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, BWV 564

·         Scriabin:  Sonata No.9, Op.68 (Black Mass)

·         Schumann:  Fantasy in C major, Op.17

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in E major, K.380 (L.23)

·         Rachmaninoff:  Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op.32 No.12*

·         Chopin:  Nouvelle Etude No.2 in A-flat major, Op. posth

·         Moszkowski:  Etude in A-flat major, Op.72 No.11

·         Liszt:  Valse Oubliée No.1

·         Chopin:  Etude in F major, Op.10 No.8

   
* Mislabeled as an unspecified Etude-Tableau in the recording log

 

 


April 14, 1965: Unknown Location (Studio)

 

·         Bach/Busoni:  Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, BWV 564

·         Schumann:  Fantasy in C major, Op.17

·         Scriabin:  Sonata No.9, Op.68 (Black Mass)

·         Scriabin:  Poème in F-sharp major, Op.32 No.1

·         Chopin:  Etude in F major, Op.10 No.8

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.30 No.4

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in B minor, Op.33 No.4

·         Moszkowski:  Etude in A-flat major, Op.72 No.11

·         Scriabin:  Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.2 No.1

·         Debussy:  Serenade for the Doll

 

 

 

April 5, 1966: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Studio) [Rehearsal]

 

·         Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80

 

 

 

Audio: January 2, 3, and/or February 1, 1968: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Live/Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op.44

·         Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op.55 no.1

·         Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K.380 (L.23) (L.23)

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, K.55 (L.355) (L.355)

·         Schumann: Arabeske in C major, Op.18

·         Scriabin: Etude in D-sharp minor, Op.8 No.12

 

Encores:

·         Schumann: Träumerei, Op.15 No.7

·         Horowitz: Carmen Variations

 

 

Video: January 2, 3, and/or February 1, 1968: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (Live/Studio)

 

·         Chopin: Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op.44

·         Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op.55 no.1

·         Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K.380 (L.23) (L.23)

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, K.55 (L.355) (L.355)

·         Schumann: Arabeske in C major, Op.18

·         Scriabin: Etude in D-sharp minor, Op.8 No.12

 

Encores:

·         Schumann: Träumerei, Op.15 No.7

·         Horowitz: Carmen Variations

 

 

 

February 5 & 14, 1969: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Schumann:  Variations on a theme by Clara Wieck (3rd mvt from Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op. 14)

 

 


June 12, 1969: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Bach/Busoni:  Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesus Christ, BWV 639 (Choral Prelude)

·         Medtner:  Fairy Tale, Op.51 No.1*

·         Medtner:  Fairy Tale in A major, Op.51 No.3

·         Medtner:  Fairy Tale, Op.51 No.4*

·         Medtner:  Fairy Tale, Op.51 No.6*

    * Horowitz sightread these and quite a lot of editing would be needed if they are ever to gain a commercial release. How unfortunate Horowitz never recorded more Medtner!

 

 

 

December 1, 1969: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Schumann:  Kreisleriana, Op.16

 

 


April 14 & May 4, 1971: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in A minor, Op.17 No.4

·         Chopin:  Introduction & Rondo in E-flat major, Op.16

·         Chopin:  Etude in G-flat major, Op.10 No.5 (Black Keys)

·         Chopin:  Prelude in D-flat major, Op.28 No.15 (Raindrop)

·         Chopin:  Waltz in A minor, Op.34 No.2

·         Chopin:  Polonaise in A-flat major, Op.53

 

 


April 20, 27 & May 4, 1972: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Clementi:  Adagio in F major, Book I No.14 from Gradus ad Parnassum

·         Clementi:  Third movement from the Sonata in E-flat major, Op.12 No.2

·         Beethoven:  Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.1 (Moonlight)

·         Scriabin:  Etude in F-sharp major, Op.42 No.4

·         Scriabin:  Etude in F-sharp major, Op.42 No.3

·         Scriabin:  Feuillet d'album, Op.58

·         Scriabin:  Poème, Op.69 No.1

·         Scriabin:  Poème, Op.69 No.2

·         Scriabin:  Etude in D-flat major, Op.8 No.10

·         Scriabin:  Etude in F-sharp minor, Op.8 No.2

·         Scriabin:  Etude in A-flat major, Op.8 No.8

·         Scriabin:  Etude in B-flat minor, Op.8 No.11

·         Scriabin:  Etude, Op.65 No.3

 

 


May 31, 1972: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Scriabin:  Feuillet d'album in E-flat major, Op.45 No.1

·         Scriabin:  Vers la flamme, Op.72

·         Scriabin:  Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.42 No.5

 

 


July 6, 1972: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Prelude in B minor, Op.28 No.6

·         Chopin:  Etude in E major, Op.10 No.3

·         Chopin:  Etude in C minor, Op.10 No.12 (Revolutionary)

·         Chopin:  Polonaise in A major, Op.40 No.1 (Military)

 

 


October 25 & 30, 1972: CBS 30th Street Studio(?), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Beethoven:  Sonata in F minor, Op.57 (Appassionata)

 

 


December 20, 1972: CBS 30th Street Studio(?), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Beethoven:  Sonata in C major, Op.53 (Waldstein)

 

 


January 10 & 24, 1973: CBS 30th Street Studio(?), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Schubert:  Impromptu in E-flat major, Op.90 No.2

·         Schubert:  Impromptu in A-flat major, Op.90 No.4

·         Schubert:  Impromptu in F minor, Op.142 No.1

·         Schubert:  Impromptu in A-flat major, Op.142 No.2

 

 


February 8 & 15, 1973: CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.50 No.3

·         Chopin:  Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.10 No.4

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in D-flat major, Op.30 No.3

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in D major, Op.33 No.2

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in E minor, Op.41 No.2

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in F-sharp minor, Op.59 No.3

 

 

Video: May 5, 1974: 14 East 94th Street (Horowitz's Home), New York City, New York (Studio)*

 

·         Scriabin:  Vers la flamme, Op.72

·         Chopin:  Introduction & Rondo, Op.16

 

 

* A company called “Unitel” was hired to shoot a Vladimir Horowitz documentary in 1974. Howard Taubman was to have been the producer (or the executive producer). The first (and only) filming session was held on May 5. Horowitz played through the full program of his concert to be held the next Sunday in Cleveland.

 

Private tapes reveal that Wanda Horowitz became incensed by the way the Unitel camera crew conducted the filming on May 5. Specifically, she complained that the crew occupied many more rooms than agreed, used flood lights that were far too bright (causing Horowitz discomfort at the piano), and otherwise violated the terms to which she had agreed. Several days later, Wanda phoned Unitel in a rage, resulting in the cancelation of the second film session (scheduled for May 19), and ultimately the documentary itself.

 

The two selections from the May 5 film that have been released were included in “Horowitz: A Reminiscence” (2003).

 

 

 

RCA Victor

 

 

 

February 14 and 15, 1976: Paramount Theatre, Oakland, California and February 22, 28 and 29, 1976: Ambassador College, Pasadena, California (Live/Studio)

 

·         Scriabin: Sonata No.5, Op.53

·         Schumann: Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.14

 

 

 

November 21, 1976: Powell Hall, St. Louis, Missouri (Live/Studio)

 

·         Liszt: Sonata in B minor

 

 

 

June 24, 1977: RCA Studio A, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Rachmaninoff:  Moment Musical in E-flat minor, Op.16 No.2

·         Rachmaninoff:  Prelude in G major, Op.32 No.5

·         Rachmaninoff:  Polka de W.R.

 

 


September 9, 1977: RCA Studio A, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Fauré:  Impromptu No.5 in F-sharp minor, Op.102

·         Fauré:  Nocturne No.13 in B minor, Op.119

 

 

 

January 8, 1978, Carnegie Hall (Live/Studio)

 

·         Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30

 

     - Eugene Ormandy/New York Philharmonic

 

 

 

 

April 7, 8, and 15, 1979: Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois (Live/Studio)

 

·         Clementi: Sonata in C major, Op.33 No.3

·         Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20

·         Rachmaninoff: Barcarolle in G minor, Op.10 No.5

·         Rachmaninoff: Humoresque in G major, Op.10 No.3

·         Liszt: Consolation No.3 in D-flat major

·         Liszt-Busoni-Horowitz: Mephisto Waltz No.1

 

 

 

April 13, 1980: Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts and May 2, 4 and 11, Avery Fischer Hall, New York City, New York (Live/Studio)

 

·         Rachmaninoff-Horowitz: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36

·         Schumann: Nachtstück in D-flat major, Op.23 No.4 (Nächtliches Gelage)

·         Schumann: Nachtstück in F major, Op.23 No.4 (Rundgesang mit Solostimmen)

·         Chopin: Etude in G-flat major, Op.10 No.5 (Black Key)

·         Chopin: Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.25 No.7

·         Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp minor, Op.60

·         Mendelssohn: Scherzo a Capriccio in F-sharp minor

·         Schumann: Drei Fantasiestücke, Op.111

 

 

 

October 25, 1981: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota and November 1, 1981: The Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, New York (Live/Studio)

 

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in A-flat major, K.127 (L.186) (L.186)

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in F minor, K.466 (L.118) (L.118)

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in F minor, K.184 (L.189) (L.189)

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K.87 (L.494) (L.494)

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K.135 (L.224) (L.224)

·         Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52

·         Liszt: Ballade No.2 in B minor

·         Chopin: Waltz in A-flat major, Op.69 No.1

·         Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G minor, Op.23 No.5

 

 

 

May 18, 20 and 22, 1982: Royal Festival Hall, London, England (Live/Studio)

 

·         Anonymous: God Save the Queen

·         Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major, Op.61

·         Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23

·         Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15

·         Scriabin: Etude in D-sharp minor, Op.8 No.12

 

 

 

November 12, 1984: 14 East 94th Street (Horowitz's Home), New York City, New York (Studio session recorded by Jack Pfeiffer)

 

·         Chopin:  Fantasy in F minor, Op.49

·         Chopin:  Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op.66

·         Schubert/Tausig/Horowitz:  Marche Militaire in D-flat major, Op.51 No.1

 

 

 

Deutsche Gramophone

 

 

Audio & Video: April 19-30, 1985: 14 East 94th Street (Horowitz's Home), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Bach/Busoni:  Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland (Choral Prelude)

·         Mozart:  Sonata in C major, K.330

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 No.4

·         Chopin:  Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op.20

·         Schubert:  Impromptu in A-flat major, Op.90 No.4

·         Liszt:  Consolation No.3 in D-flat major

·         Schumann:  Novellette in F major, Op.21 No.1

·         Rachmaninoff:  Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op.32 No.12

·         Scriabin:  Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.2 No.1

·         Chopin:  Polonaise in A-flat major, Op.53

·         Moszkowski:  Etude in F major, Op.72 No.6 (Two performances)

·         Chopin:  Etude in G-flat major, Op.10 No.5 (Black Key)   

·         Liszt:  Au bord d'une source

 

 

 

September & October 1985: RCA Studio A, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in B minor, K.87 (L.33)

·         Scarlatti:  Sonata in E major, K.135 (L.224)

·         Schumann:  Kreisleriana, Op.16

·         Schubert:  Impromptu in B-flat major, Op.142 No.3

·         Liszt:  Impromptu (Nocturne) in F-sharp major

·         Scriabin:  Etude in D-sharp minor, Op.8 No.12

·         Schubert/Tausig/Horowitz:  Marche Militaire in D-flat major, Op.51 No.1

·        Liszt:  Valse Oubilée No.1

 

 

 

February & March 1986: RCA Studio A, New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·        Schubert:  Sonata in B-flat major, D.960

·        Schubert:  Moment Musical in F minor, Op.94 No.3

·        Schubert/Liszt:  Ständchen

·        Liszt:  Soirée de Vienne No.6 (after Schubert)

 

 

 

Video: April 1986: Tchaikovsky's House, Russia (Semi-private studio session)

 

·         Rachmaninoff:  Elegie in E-flat minor, Op.3 No.1 [ending only?]

 

 

 

Pirate Recording: April 15, 1986: Scriabin Museum, Moscow, Russia (Semi-private studio session)

 

·         Scriabin:  Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.2 No.1

·         Scriabin:  Etude in D-sharp minor, Op.8 No.12

 

 


Video: April 15, 1986: Scriabin Museum, Moscow, Russia (Semi-private studio session)

 

·         Scriabin:  Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.2 No.1

·         Scriabin:  Etude in D-sharp minor, Op.8 No.12

 

 

Video: March 1987: Abanella Studio, Milan, Italy (Rehearsal)

 

·         Mozart:  Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488

    - Carlo Maria Giulini/La Scala Theatre Orchestra

 

 


March 1987: Abanella Studio, Milan, Italy (Studio)

 

·         Mozart:  Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488

    - Carlo Maria Giulini/La Scala Theatre Orchestra

 

·         Mozart:  Sonata in B-flat major, K.333

 

 

 

June 24, 1988: New York City, New York (Studio)  

 

·         Liszt/Horowitz:  Ehemals (Jadis, No.10 from the Weinachtsbaum suite)

·         Mozart:  Rondo in A minor, K.511*

·         Beethoven:  Sonata in A major, Op.2 No.2 (first movement only)

 

* This Rondo has been released by DG in a version with parts from both the June 24, 1988 & the January 16, 1989 recordings.

 

 


December 1988 through February 1989: 14 East 94th Street (Horowitz's Home), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Mozart:  Rondo in D major, K.485

·         Mozart:  Sonata in B-flat major, K.281

·         Mozart:  Adagio in B minor, K.540

·         Mozart-Horowitz:  Rondo alla Turca in Double Notes

·         Mozart:  Andante for a small mechanical organ in F major

·         Mozart:  Rondo in A minor, K.511*   

·         Chopin:  Etude in F minor, Op.25 No.2

·         Chopin:  Etude in F major, Op.25 No.3

·         Chopin:  Etude in A minor, Op.25 No.4

·         Chopin:  Etude in E minor, Op.25 No.5

·         Liszt:  Soirée de Vienne No.7 (after Schubert)

 

* This Rondo has been released by DG in a version with parts from both the June 24, 1988 & the January 16, 1989 recordings.




Sony Classical Recording Sessions

 

 

October & November 1989: 14 East 94th Street (Horowitz's Home), New York City, New York (Studio)

 

·         Haydn:  Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:49

·         Chopin:  Etude in E major, Op.10 No.3

·         Chopin:  Etude in C minor, Op.25 No.12 [Edited by Horowitz]

·         Chopin:  Etude in A minor, Op.25 No.11

·         Chopin:  Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op.66

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in E-flat major, Op.55 No.2

·         Liszt:  Prelude to Bach's Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen

·         Chopin:  Mazurka in C minor, Op.56 No.3

·         Chopin:  Etude in A-flat major, Op.25 No.1

·         Chopin:  Etude in E minor, Op.25 No.5

·         Chopin:  Nocturne in B minor, Op.62 No.1

·         Wagner/Liszt:  Isoldes Liebestod (Edited by Horowitz)

 

 

 

Professional studio recording, made by DG or Sony during a session in the late 1980s (Studio)

 

·        Chopin:  Etude in G-sharp minor, Op.25 No.6

 

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Please note

There are many unreleased commercial recordings made between 1966 & 1989 that are yet to be catalogized, and there are probably also more pirate recordings hiding in music enthusiasts' private collections that I have not found yet or that have never been in circulation among collectors. An index as this one will never be entirely complete, it can't be, but I will do my best to update it as soon as I find or get info for new recordings to make it as complete, reliable and up to date as possible.

 

 

 

Appendix

Notes for collectors on Horowitz’s Studio Recordings:

 

According to Christian Johansson, the following unreleased recordings have leaked in the last decade, reaching a few collectors (but not me). These are:

 

·         Poulenc: Presto in B-flat major (1946)

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, K.455 (1947)

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K.380 (1947)

·         Scarlatti: Sonata in F-sharp major, K.319 (1947)

·         Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (1947)

 

Christian notes:

"The dates for these are however highly questionable, with the exception of Mussorgsky. This in particular as RCA's logs show no record of having recorded most of these works during the given year. The Mussorgsky must be from 1947, but whether it is the unreleased May 15 recording or alternate takes (or for that matter, issued takes) of the commercial release still needs to be looked up."

 

There are live recordings from the early 1950s of the 2nd movement from Bach's F minor Concerto as well as his Chorale Prelude "Nun freut euch, lieben Christen" (BWV 734) in circulation that have been attributed to Horowitz. The actual pianist is yet to be identified, but it is sadly not Horowitz playing.

 

Two unedited recording sessions where Horowitz plays extracts from Chopin's Op.10 No.4 Etude and the 3rd movement of Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata have leaked out and are in general circulation among collectors. They both stem from the early 1970s, but no one seems to know exactly from which session. An educated guess however would be that the Beethoven one is taken from December 20, 1972 and Chopin either from February 8 or February 15 1973 - both recorded for CBS in their 30th Street Studio in New York City.

 

Two versions of the Beethoven session circulates however - one of them has some 2 minutes more material than the other.

 

Although many rehearsals, warm-ups and other practice sessions have been recorded with Horowitz over the years both professionally and by amateurs, only two have reached general circulation among collectors as far as I know - the February 25 1978 rehearsal for the White House recital the following day, and the semi-public April 18 1986 rehearsal at the Moscow Conservatory.

 



Christian Johansson and I are both deeply grateful to Caine Alder & Robert McAlear for
their corrections & additions to the unreleased commercial recording sessions. I’d also like to thank Robert Ginalski and Joe Patrych for their extensive input, and Christian himself for contributing his research.

 

Copyright © 2003 Christian Johansson

Copyright © 2011 Bernie Horowitz