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The musical rest is defined as being a pause during which no sound is heard until the next tone is sounded. And the same goes for a musician who makes a long pause, which is then ended by thundering applause from an enraptured audience. This is exactly what happened on 9 May 1965, the day on which Vladimir Horowitz stepped onto the stage at Carnegie Hall after an absence of 12 years.
As so often, the maestro ignored all types of works from Viennese Classicism, and certainly no one missed them. Busoni’s arrangement of Bach’s Toccata in C major, BWV 564 is precise, has enormous presence and is yet impressively transparent; Schumann’s Fantasy op. 17 is emotional, at times breathless and charming; Horowitz captures the spirit of Scriabin and Chopin with virtuosity and heartfelt emotion, allowing the works to waft over the audience.
As a finale to this celebrated comeback, Horowitz performs a delightfully light and fresh rendering of Moszkowski’s Etude in A major, op. 27, and brings the evening to a peaceful end with Schumann’s unique “Träumerei” (“Dreaming”) from Kinderszenen (“Scenes from Childhood”). In this live recording of just one of several comebacks, the discerning listener will notice the tension and nervousness at this literally high-temperature event – the noisy air-conditioning had been shut at the request of the recording engineers.
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NM (Near Mint) Appears unplayed and will bear no marks, sleeve scuffs, or scratches.
EX+ (Excellent) May have one or two visible imperfections (i.e. sleeve scuffs, faint scratches, or other superficial marks) that will not affect playback.
VG+ (Very Good+) A few visible imperfections. These may include sleeve scuffs, light scratches, or other superficial marks.
VG (Very Good) Similar imperfections found on VG+ records but in slightly greater numbers. Records graded VG and above will typically not have any scratches that are deep enough to be felt with a fingernail.
VG- (Very Good-) A number of visible imperfections; the presence of a considerable number of light scratches will force a VG- grade, as will the presence of significant isolated defects such as scratches deep enough to be felt with a fingernail.
G (Good) Record can be played without skipping, but will have significant surface noise, scratches, and visible groove wear. G+ and G- are used to indicate stronger and weaker copies within this range.
*SW/DNAP* Slight warp, does not affect playback
*QUAD* Quadraphonic Sound, similar to today’s surround sound
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