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Chopin, Beethoven, Barber, Brahms / Van Cliburn

Cliburn,Van
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 841111   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsSamuel BarberFrédéric ChopinLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Van Cliburn
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The artistic breakthrough of the pianist Van Cliburn came in 1958 when he won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in his early 20s. It was also a political sensation, coming as it did in the midst of the Cold War, and his recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto later sold millions of copies. Van Cliburn had begun to play the piano at the age of four and later attended the famous Juilliard School in New York. After Moscow he was soon invited to the world’s big concert halls, as for example in 1964 to give a solo recital at the Salzburg Festival (his one and only ever performance there).

There, as ever, he demonstrated a fully developed technique and a unique art of interpretation, offering an impetuous programme
Read more that ranged from Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata via Chopin’s b-minor Sonata op. 58 to the less well-known Sonata op. 26 by Samuel Barber. Two years before his Salzburg debut, Van Cliburn had organized the first “Van Cliburn International Piano Competition” in Fort Worth in Texas, which has since become an important first step in the career of many young pianists. Van Cliburn performed less in public from the 1970s onwards, but occasionally returned to the limelight and in 2003 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the USA’s highest civilian honour. He died in Fort Worth on 27 February 2013. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 1, Intermezzo in A minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/03/1964 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 3, Ballade in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/03/1964 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano, Op. 26 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/03/1964 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 08/03/1964 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 33 Secs. 
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: 08/03/1964 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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