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Piano Concerto No 1 / Piano Concerto No 2 Hybrid SACD - DSD


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SACD Surround Sound. 2013 release features 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 ware helped his Tchaikovsky Concerto #1 to become classical music's first platinum record.

1. Allegro Non Troppo E Molto Maestoso
2. Andantino Simplice
3. Allegro Con Fuoco
4. Moderato; Allegro
5. Adagio Sostenuto
6. Allegro Scherzando

Product Details

  • Performer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Sergey Rachmaninov, Kiril Kondrashin, Fritz Reiner, Van Cliburn
  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0002TKFRC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Van Cliburn is, in my opinion, the best pianist ever..
Christina Sims
I have the LP of this magnificent recording .The SACD improves on the sound quality of the recording.
Luis Cruz
If you enjoy piano music, classic or otherwise, this CD should be in your collection.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Giacomo C. on November 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The sound of this SACD is less impressive than the other Living Stereo DSD remasters I have heard - this is almost certainly due to the fact that the original tapes were not as well done as the others, and not because of poor mastering. In fact, this is probably as good as the sound of this recording can get. It certainly bests any of the regular CD editions that have been produced over the years, and lets not even talk about my ancient mouldering LP!

Preserving the original three channel recording is a grand thing, and defineatly adds to the presentation - the only thing is that YOU have to have a sufficiently large listening room to fully appreciate it (to allow the three speakers to have enough distance between each other to get the most out of it). Without the proper space, the spatial imaging will to some degree be lost.

Regardless of this though, if this recording is important to you, then this is the edition to have beyond a doubt.

As for the performances, they are classics and you certainly can't go wrong with them - though I wouldn't say they are the 'best' for either of the respective pieces. For the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto N.2, my personal favourite is Reiner's other earlier (1956) recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra but featuring Artur Rubinstein as the soloist. Now there is a performance that is truly exciting, that really plays out the piece's romantic core to the fullest - both orchestra and soloist producing a rich passionate sound, bringing out the innate russianness of the music, truly bringing alive its inner meaning.
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85 of 93 people found the following review helpful By David Buchanan on September 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I literally grew up on this recording (the Cliburn Tchaikovsky). I have easily played it over a 100 times if not closer to 200. I am very happy to report the SACD version is the best that will ever be available for this recording. The original master tapes were 3 channel, so that is how it is presented here...left, center, right...but no surrounds. This anchors the piano in the middle (the piano is not all from the center however). This release is much better than the previous CD release. Having that center channel to anchor the piano makes a big difference. There is hardly any tape hiss either. My only reason for 4 stars instead of 5, is because this is a 1958 recording, the low end is not quite there....but the quality of the piano for this year is quite good.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hennicke VINE VOICE on May 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In years past, I had never been able to embrace Van Cliburn's famed Tchaikovsky Piano Conerto #1. Poor sound reproduction on previous cd releases just did not allow the power of this incredible performance to shine through. All that has changed with this RCA Living Stereo Hybrid SACD edition. The brillantly improved sound and the enhanced spatial seperation on this version makes Cliburn's Tchaikovsky #1 a whole new listening experience. This is how this recording was meant to sound; this is the definitive edition of this monumental performance. Do not hesitate to add this release to your classical library, even if you own any previous incarnations of this record. This is one for the history books & a sure must have!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By moviemusicbuff on October 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Both the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1 and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2 are two of my all-time favorite Romantic piano concertos. Van Cliburn's performance is historic making (he was the 1st American to take the Gold Medal in the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958). His playing is absolutely brilliant in musicianship, tone, and in capturing the different moods of the piece. This is my favorite performance of this concerto. My second favorite would be that of Martha Argerich's recording in 1972 w/ Charles Dutoit as the conductor.

Equally outstanding is the Rachmaninoff. From the somber and dramatic beginning of the first movement leading to the climactic build-up at the end, Cliburn captures the different moods and dynamics of the work brilliantly. (It's hard to express this in words). The second movement is very touching and the tone in Cliburn's playing is masterful. Van Cliburn's performance rivals that of any other pianist (Artur Rubinstein, Lang Lang, Garrick Ohlsson, etc.)

For other brilliant recordings of the Tchaikovsky piano concerto, I would recommend the following:

Martha Argerich (Deutsch Grammophon) 1971 w/ Charles Dutoit (conductor)
Barry Douglas (RCA Victor Red Seal) w/ Leonard Slatkin (conductor)
Garrick Ohlsson (Hanssler) 1997 (this is also coupled w/ Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2)

For another outstanding recording of the Rachmaninoff, I would highly recommend
Jeno Jando's recording (1988, Naxos label)
Garrick Ohlsson (1997, Hanssler label)

One great advantage of this CD is its low price and its excellent sound quality in the SACD format. Highly recommended!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2011
Format: Audio CD
When I was young, Van Cliburn (1934- ) came to Middletown High School and played his heart out; the audience response was remarkable and passionate as if huge jolts of electricity had filled the music hall! No wonder, too--when you hear this recording, there is nothing lacking in the performance. Cliburn clearly knew when to hold back just a little, showing some restraint--and when not to--and along with his faultless playing, Cliburn breathed new life into these piano concertos by Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) and Rachmaninoff (1983-1943).The marriage of the piano with the rest of the orchestra remains sublime even all these years later.

In addition, the remastering of these recordings enhances the sound and takes it to new heights. This is very well done by RCA Living Stereo in their Hybrid SACD edition of these recordings. With three sources of sound (left, center and right) I can enjoy these recordings as if I were actually there to enjoy it! I would agree, however, with other reviewers who write that the full enhancement of the sound will be somewhat lost unless you listen to this in a room as large as possible instead of a portable CD player or a CD player in a small room.

In sum, this exquisite recording is truly a must for any discerning lover of music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and even classical music in general. Naturally, fans of the great Van Cliburn would do well to add this to their collections.
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