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Pianist Vladimir Horowitz likes a relaxing television show as much as the next man, whether it is baseball, or a panel discussion or Bonanza. But when TV tries to get in tune with classical music, Horowitz tunes out. "Everything I've seen on music has been a flop," he says. "There are too many things that distract the eye at the expense of the ear. With a symphony orchestra you jump around the sections. With a singer you see tonsils."

Now, for the first time, Horowitz will be able to sit down in his...

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