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Van Cliburn - Recital - Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt

Cliburn,Van
Release Date: 01/12/2010 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1445  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFrédéric ChopinLudwig van BeethovenSergei Prokofiev,   ... 
Performer:  Van Cliburn
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, June 7, 1959, this previously unpublished recital captures Van Cliburn in his youthful prime and showcases the pianist's innate Romanticism, natural virtuosity, and formidable communicative gifts at their arguable peak. Cliburn's flexible tempos, superbly focused finger-work, and singing tone collectively cast more three-dimensional light upon the Mozart and Beethoven sonatas than in his later, relatively cautious studio versions. Similar observations hold true for the Chopin selections, where vocally-oriented articulation informs even the fastest, most elaborate ornamentation and filigree.

While Cliburn imbues Prokofiev's Sixth sonata with a wider range of tone color and more expressive
Read more leeway than in the studio, I still prefer Richter's steadier basic pulse in the third movement and his leaner, more incisive Finale. I have no quibbles, however, regarding the controlled bravura and stylish flair Cliburn brings to one of the best performances of Liszt's Twelfth Hungarian Rhapsody ever captured by a recording device. No doubt about it, the young Cliburn was a contender.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 
Date of Recording: 6/7/1959 
Venue:  Royal Festival Hall, London 
2. 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: 6/7/1959 
Venue:  Royal Festival Hall, London 
3. 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: 6/7/1959 
Venue:  Royal Festival Hall, London 
4. 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: 6/7/1959 
Venue:  Royal Festival Hall, London 
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 
Date of Recording: 6/7/1959 
Venue:  Royal Festival Hall, London 
6. Sonata for Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 82 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USSR 
Date of Recording: 6/7/1959 
Venue:  Royal Festival Hall, London 
7. 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 
Date of Recording: 6/7/1959 
Venue:  Royal Festival Hall, London 

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