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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1, Etc / Van Cliburn, Et Al


Release Date: 09/14/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 61392   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskySergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Van Cliburn
Conductor:  Kiril KondrashinFritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

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Van Cliburn's history-making gold medal at the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the cold war helped his Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 to become classical music's first platinum record. This is the stereo recording made in the triumphal glow upon his return from Moscow.

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

TWO COMPLETE LIVING STEREO LPS ON A SINGLE DISC!

Van Cliburn's history-making gold medal at the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the cold war helped his Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 to become classical music's first platinum record. This is the stereo recording made in the triumphal glow upon his return from Moscow.

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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:  RCA Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: May 30, 1958 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
2. 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: April 1962 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 The mastery of Van Cliburn April 2, 2013 By Michael S. (Lynbrook, NY) See All My Reviews "Upon hearing this recording one can imagine the scene in The Russian concert hall when Van had struck the last note. The remastered recording reminds us of the greatness of Van Cliburn and the ability of music to make the " cold war " disappear. Greatness is recognized the world over no matter what the culture. This recording will always stand out as a symbol of the power of music." Report Abuse
 Cliburn's Tchaikovsky in best sound September 29, 2012 By Nancy W. (Manchester, NH) See All My Reviews "Did Cliburn play this material as well as Richter? No. No, he didn't. But nobody played as well as Richter. He was unique. Of all of those who were not Richter, Cliburn played these phenomenal Russian concertos about as well as it can be done, with substantial technique and a wonderful feel for the emotional content of the music. But this review is not about the immense talents of Cliburn, Kondrashin, and Reiner. It has been over fifty years since these recordings, and everyone knows how remarkable those individuals were. My focus in this review is the sound quality issue. I can't comment on the super-audio sound, as I have a standard CD player. So this review is for those who are wondering if it's worthwhile to upgrade from the original 1990 stereo CD to this SACD. The answer is yes. The sound quality is indisputably better. Before purchase, I called Soundmirror (in Boston) and spoke to John Newton, the owner and apparently chief tech as well. Soundmirror did the remaster according to the note on the back of the jewel case (according to a helpful Amazon vendor who provided that information). According to John, not only did they add the super audio aspect, but also remastered the standard stereo layer. John told me that the 1990 CD was remastered from the tapes used to cut the LPs. But Soundmirror used the original recording tapes for their standard stereo remaster. He assured me that the sound would be noticeably better, and he was right. I find it to be clearer with less extraneous noise. It's cleaner - you just hear more of the musical sounds that Cliburn and the orchestras were generating. There's more bass as well. It just sounds better. In my opinion, if you own the original CD and are considering an upgrade to this SACD, I encourage you to do so. I think you will be very pleased with the improved sound." Report Abuse
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