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An American Wins in Russia / Cliburn


Release Date: 03/01/2019 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 18080  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyRobert SchumannLudwig van BeethovenJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Van Cliburn
Conductor:  Kiril KondrashinFritz ReinerWalter Hendl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonia OrchestraChicago Symphony OrchestraRCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Van Cliburn (1934–2013) was the first American contestant ever to win the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and he did it in 1958 – right in the middle of the "Cold War". His victory caused a sensation; the twenty-four-year-old was celebrated like a modern-day pop star. The recording he subsequently made in New York of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto op. 23 remains to this day one of the best-selling records in the history of classical music. Van Cliburn retired almost entirely from active concert life in 1978 and died in 2013 of bone-marrow cancer. He was born Harvey Lavan, jr. in the state of Louisiana and received his piano training up to the age of 17 from his mother, a pianist who had learned from the great Arthur Read more Friedheim, a pupil of Liszt. He won numerous competitions both as a child and as an adolescent, and after winning first prize at the National Musical Festival in New York's Carnegie Hall he initially continued his studies at the Juilliard School of Music. His breakthrough came with his overwheming triumph in Moscow. The present release presents some of his finest recordings made at the peak of his career.

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REVIEW:

For me though the live performances win hands down every time: this is Van Cliburn well and truly off the leash, a force to reckon with, and it's great to have a selection of them available at such a reasonable price point.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Length: 34 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 30 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/30/1958 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 34 Minutes 52 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
8.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
9.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
10.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
11.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
12.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
13.
Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
14.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 11 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
15.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
16.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
17.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
18.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
Date of Recording: 1961 
19.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 82 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USSR 
20.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 
21.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 23 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1886; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960 
22.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Walter Hendl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 1960 
23.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1962 
24.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
25.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
26.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 5 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1834; Paris, France 
27.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 12 in C minor, B 67 "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 

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