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Rachmaninoff: Concerto No 2; Beethoven / Van Cliburn

Release Date: 03/15/1994 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 61961   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Van Cliburn
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

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: 05/1961 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 38 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1900 - 1901). 
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 
Length: 34 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded March 31 and April 2, 1962. 

Sound Samples

Adagio un poco mosso
Rondo: Allegro
Moderato; Allegro
Adagio sostenuto
Allegro scherzando

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A Masterful Recording July 7, 2015 By R. Fazakerly (Houston, TX) See All My Reviews "Van Cliburn, Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra combined talents for some of the finest performances of concertos in the standard repertoire and these two are no exception. While he was often praised for his interpretations of Rachmaninoff, and this recording gives ample reason why, the beautiful, vibrant and dramatic interpretation of the Beethoven Emperor Concerto may come as something of a surprise. I treasure it among my favorite Emperor performances, particularly the second movement which Mr. Cliburn treats as a poet, not of words, but of beautiful musical sounds. Mr. Cliburn's huge hands have less difficulty in the final movement than many pianists who are better known for Beethoven performances. And then there is the Rachmaninoff No. 2 and this performance is simply the most beautiful one available. I long to see the day when this amazingly gifted and talented pianist finds his due place among the greats of all time. Perhaps his star faded more rapidly than many others, but for a period of ten to twelve years he was incomparable." Report Abuse
 Definitely a Masterpiece! September 16, 2012 By Richard F. Buckley (South Park, PA) See All My Reviews "This disc, purchased recently, will go directly to that small group of my favorite recordings. It is a masterpiece! To start with, it is composed of two of the finest piano concertos ever written. But more importantly, the two pieces are preformed by the most outstanding musicians available! Van Cliburn has long been in a class by himself, and he is accompanied by a conductor and orchestra that are absolutely second to none in recorded history. I have long been a fan of that genius, Fritz Reiner, and the orchestra that he transformed into one of the world's finest, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Van Cliburn brings all of his unique feeling and unmatched talent to the forefront on these two masterpieces, and Reiner and the CSO provide an accompaniment that is impossible to describe with just words. They speak up when the music calls for it and blend in perfectly otherwise. I also own Rudolf Serkin's recording of Beethoven's "Emperor" Comcerto with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and, although it is wonderful in every aspect, I must admit that I prefer this one. You could go all out and obtain both discs. You would never be sorry, but if you can own only one, buy this disc while the getting is good! Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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