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Private Collection 2
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Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 09/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's hard to give Vladimir Horowitz anything less than four stars. He is truly one of the great pianists of the 20th century, if not all of history. "The Private Collection, Volume 2" culls more previously unreleased material from Horowitz Archives at Yale University. This volume features live recordings from Carnegie Hall made between 1945 and 1949, including the New York premieres of Kabalevsky's Piano Sonata No. 2 and Barber's Excursions, op. 20. Horowitz's performances are masterful, however the sound quality overall is poor, which is my reason for withholding a fifth star. In order to preserve the fidelity of the original 78 masters, RCA did not use extensive methods to reduce surface noise. As a result there is a lot of background hiss which will undoubtedly bother audiophiles. If you can get passed it, the music's timeless."