Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
Van Cliburn, RCA Symphony Orchestra & Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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|1||Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23||Van Cliburn, Kirill Kondrashin & RCA Symphony Orchestra||--||Album Only||View in iTunes|
I. Allegro Non Troppo e Molto Maestoso
|Van Cliburn, Kirill Kondrashin & RCA Symphony Orchestra||20:40||Work Only||View in iTunes|
II. Andantino Simplice
|Van Cliburn, Kirill Kondrashin & RCA Symphony Orchestra||7:05||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
III. Allegro Con Fuoco
|Van Cliburn, Kirill Kondrashin & RCA Symphony Orchestra||6:47||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
|2||Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18||Van Cliburn, Fritz Reiner & Chicago Symphony Orchestra||--||Album Only||View in iTunes|
I. Moderato - Allegro
|Van Cliburn, Fritz Reiner & Chicago Symphony Orchestra||10:55||Work Only||View in iTunes|
II. Adagio Sostenuto
|Van Cliburn, Fritz Reiner & Chicago Symphony Orchestra||11:26||Work Only||View in iTunes|
III. Allegro Scherzando
|Van Cliburn, Fritz Reiner & Chicago Symphony Orchestra||11:47||Work Only||View in iTunes|
It is here for the first time the listener witnesses the masterful talents of the young pianist Van Cliburn, a native of rural Texas. This record displays his engaging presence and enthralling melodic technique after his thrilling victory in the premiere International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in April of 1958. With overwhelming passion and remarkable deliverance of musical clarity, Van Cliburn performs a stirring rendition of Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor." Cliburn performed a series of concerts in leading cities immediately following the Moscow competition, and Alan Kayes' album notes printed on the record's back cover state that, according to reports from Russia, "Not within living memory has a musician, regardless of nationality, had such an impact on the critical, sophisticated Soviet metropolitan audiences." During his first showing at the competition's preliminaries, Cliburn caused a sensation. Word got through Russia of his quality of charm, passion, and daring image at the piano. The finals were set for April 11, in which he played Tchaikovsky's "First Concerto" and Rachmaninov's "Third" with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra under the conduction of Kiril P. Kondrashin with a shimmering brilliance. The results where positive and left the audience intrigued and ecstatic. "The crowd then chanted in unision, 'First-prize! First-prize!' for their adored favorite," notes Kayes.
This record is a perfect reflection of Van Cliburn's accomplishment, one that later found him playing a series of recitals in the United States, including twice in Carnegie Hall before capacity audiences. His concert in Philadelphia resulted in a standing ovation, unprecedented in the history of the Academy of Music. This record is a masterful piece of art, filled with the beauty and eloquence of a artist whose playing reaches the highest level of classical musicianship. Van Cliburn is most revered for his electrifying octave passages, and his ability to produce a tremendous variety of volume and tone. "He could, if he desired, make a magnificent impression as a master of the showier side of his art," noted Winthrop Seargent in his article for The New Yorker. "But the most arresting thing about his playing is his mastery of other things — the tasteful and assured use of rubato in the style of the distinguished virtuosos of the past, the delicacy in executing pianissimos, the sure sense of musical phraseology, the feeling for restraint as well as climax, and all the remaining elements of musical sensitivity that go to make up a superb keyboard artist."
Born: 12 July 1934 in Shreveport, LA
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s