October 22, 2012
- A sad update. My friend Caine Alder died on October 7 at the age of 78. Caine has never been recognized on this website (except in the acknowledgments), because that was how he preferred it; a substantial portion of the research contained herein ultimately comes from him, and there was no more reliable resource, so far as Vladimir Horowitz is concerned. It’s not an accident that both Glenn Plaskin and Harold Schoenberg relied directly on Caine’s own Horowitz files – it was the best archive in existence (and probably remains as so). Caine and I had an arrangement that sometime after his death I’d finally clear the air about Plaskin’s Horowitz biography. I’ve saved Caine’s own words describing this sad story, and I’m going to share them, but not quite yet.
- I was honored to have been asked to write a eulogy for Caine's memorial service. I have posted it on a new page created under the "Remembering Horowitz" tab.
May 1, 2012
- As reflected in a recent discussion on the Horowitz Yahoo Group (http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/the_horowitz_experience/), there seems to be some confusion over the precise date of VH's CBS TV Concert. I've put together a little research project including a ticket from the concert, a New York Times article, and the CBS Recordings Log.
January 29, 2012:
- Martin Siefkes of keimform.de contacted me about answering a few questions concerning the accessibility issues relating to Horowitz's recordings: http://keimform.de/2012/the-unissued-recordings-of-horowitz/
November 11, 2011:
- It has long been a problem that the font colors of the recordings databases (black and grey) displayed in confusingly variant shades, making it difficult to discern which recordings have or haven't been released. When Jon Samuels himself complained, I knew it was time to do some editing. Under the "Recordings" menu, the "Live Recordings," "Studio Recordings," and "Recorded Interviews" pages have all been repaired accordingly, and their content has also been updated. The "All Recordings" page has now grown so long (and it will continue to expand) that I've split it into two sections, 1926-1968, and 1969-1989.
- I've also added a few recitals to the recordings database, including March 14, 1976 in Boston.
- Since the last update, I've been flooded with new submissions to be added to the "Concertography," and a number of other corrections, but this will have to wait for the next update.
March 27, 2011:
- With a Herculean effort, Robert Ginalski has completely refurbished and updated the "Alphabetical" databases (see under "Recordings," A-K and L-Z). Robert added ALL the recordings which were missing from the old Alphabetical section. Previously, we had utilized Christian Johansson's databases (from the previous incarnation of this website), but these didn't display properly because they were incompatible with the website-building program we use.
- My deep thanks to Mathias D of Germany, who located the recording of the second half of a Horowitz recital (May 24, 1986 in Berlin) which was previously thought not to have been recorded at all, by DG or members of the audience. I have added entries in both the Concertography and Recordings sections.
- My thanks to Robert MacAlear for submitting the program of February 6, 1948.
January 12, 2011:
- Announcement: on Friday, January 28 (only), the "Original Jackets Collection" Box Set (70 CD's) will be available at a significant discount and with free shipping from SONY's Pop Market website (www.popmarket.com).
- Making such purchases is the only way to encourage SONY to issue unreleased Horowitz material.
January 6, 2011:
- I added the following concerts to the Concertography: October 19, 1951 (London), March 14, 1976 (Boston), March 18, 1979 (Atlanta), and June 1, 1986 (London). Information was compiled from the reviews, which were accessed using microfilm.
December 6, 2010:
- All Horowitz's concerts noted in the Los Angeles Times have now been added to the Concertography. The new additions include: 12/28/29, 2/20/31, 12/7/39, 2/18/41, 12/2/41, 11/16/45, 12/9/47, 12/7/48, 9/29/49, 11/26/50, 12/9/52, and 2/19/78. There is also a note about the canceled concerts in February of 1979.
- The "ongoing research" section has been updated accordingly.
December 2, 2010:
- I waded through the entire newspaper archives of both the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times and retrieved each and every Horowitz item. I encountered a substantial number of concerts which had not been added to the concertography. The Post yielded six new concerts, and the Times revealed no less than fourteen.
- The six new concerts in Washington DC have already been added. They are: January 28, 1928 (at the Mayflower Hotel), November 19, 1928, November 4, 1929 (both at Poli's Theater), February 2, 1932, March 18, 1947, and November 30, 1975 (all at Constitution Hall).
- The previously unknown 1928 concert at the Mayflower is especially significant in that it marks what is undoubtledly the first concert Horowitz played in the United States.
- I have not yet finished cataloging the fourteen Los Angeles concerts, but I hope to add them all by tomorrow evening.
November 17, 2010:
- There has been a major addition to the concertography: Max Massei has found many new concerts between the years 1968 and 1982. Pre-eminent collectors such as Joe Patrych often voice their belief that every Horowitz concert between 1965 and 1987 was recorded, be it officially or from the audience. Max's new additions will put Joe's assertion to the test.
- Rather than merely adding all the new entries to the concertography (without programs), I have also created a new section called "Ongoing Research," under the "Concertography and Information" tab. I call on all Horowitz enthusiasts to help find the recordings and if nothing else the reviews of all these new concerts.
November 5, 2010:
- Today marks the 21st anniversary of Horowitz's death.
- Deutsche Gramophone is about to re-release a sizable portion of its Horowitz material. A full inventory may be accessed at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AU0QZA/ref=sr_1_album