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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 / Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2

Sergey Rachmaninov , Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky , Kiril Kondrashin , Fritz Reiner , Chicago Symphony Orchestra , RCA Victor Orchestra , RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra , Van Cliburn Audio CD
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  • Performer: Van Cliburn
  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, RCA Victor Orchestra, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin, Fritz Reiner
  • Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (January 12, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
  • ASIN: B000003EUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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What a story there is behind this recording! When Van Cliburn won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War with his playing of this concerto, it created an international sensation. The recording followed immediately thereafter, and Cliburn was launched on an international career of unprecedented celebrity for a classical musician. Perhaps the attention was too much, too soon, given his subsequent burn-out and retirement from public life. Fortunately, we have these unique recordings to document what was, by all accounts, a genuine phenomenon. This is the disc "heard 'round the world." --David Hurwitz

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188 of 190 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Van Cliburn's prize winning performance in the Tchaikovsky competition was with the Rachmaninoff 3rd piano concerto and the Tchaikovsky first concerto (the latter is on this disk). Taking Russian music to the heart of Russia for a piano competition was one bold move! Upon his triumphal return to the United States, the Carnegie Hall concert (with conductor Kiril Kondrashin flown in from the USSR just for this event) and this subsequent recording were put together hastily in order to preserve the moment for history. And what a recording it is!
I have listened to over thirty recordings of the Tchaikovsky first piano concerto, and two stand out: Gary Graffman (with Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra) and this Cliburn recording. He has all the piano technique for total mastery of this work---rapid and precise octaves, nimble fingerwork (particularly the presto middle section of the 2nd movement), a big sound (the opening allegro non troppo section), and a strong sense of the folk music basis for the main theme of the 3rd movement. Furthermore, only he and Graffman on record nail the notoriously tricky rhythmic pattern beginning the allegro con spirito main section of the 1st movement. He keeps careful balance with the orchestra throughout, and never resorts to excessive use of the pedal to cover up technical difficulties. Moreover, the performance is polished and intensely musical in every passage.
If you can tolerate an orchestra that isn't always impressive, then buy this Van Cliburn recording and be totally amazed!
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123 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD captures a vital musical and cultural moment January 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't even born when Cliburn took the world by storm, winning the Tchaikovsky competition in the Soviet Union. But the legend still lived on when I was taking piano lessons at the age of nine. While I was growing up, listening to any Cliburn recording conjured up the swell of pride that our nation felt about him, and that extra-musical element added to the joy of his music-making.
We often focus on Cliburn's victory in the Soviet Union as a uniquely American victory. A lanky Texan walked into the Soviet Union, our Cold War enemy, and played Russian music to a severely discerning Russian audience, completely bowling them over. Khrushchev had to give permission to the judges to give Cliburn the Gold Medal because it represented such an embarassment to the Soviet Union to have their pianists lose to an American.
In truth, it was also a victory for the Russians. To find that their music could be played with such understanding and depth by a young man so culturally and geographically removed from the Russian people proved that Russian music is universal -- it transcends cultural boundaries. That an American could be taught to play Russian music so brilliantly could only mean that Russian music was so great and compelling that it could speak to the soul of any human being regardless of his or her background.
In other words, it was a win-win situation for America and Russia, and this recording of the Tchaikovsky concerto becomes the place of meeting where both Russians and Americans can celebrate. Having Kiril Kondrashin, the famed Soviet conductor, lead the orchestra only serves to make that point even clearer.
This extra-musical element has always imbued Cliburn's recording with a sense of occasion.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Cliburn: One of a kind pianist. April 15, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent recording and terrific playing of great music.
Last September, I saw this man play with the University of Iowa symphony orchestra the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and I was simply amazed. I was hoping the historic recording he made would be as good as the his terrific performance of the concerto......It found out it was. This is the concerto that made Cliburn known throughout the world if you ask me. If he hadn't have played this terrific concerto back in 1958 in the Tchaikovsky competition (which he won by the way), he would probably not have been as famous as he is. So, you should definitely here this magnificant pianist play the song that made who he is today. Plus, the concerto itself is so great anyway. Right when you hear Cliburn smashing away the chords to open the beautiful melody of the concerto, you'll be locked into it. Seriously. Now onto Rachmaninoff. Possibly the greatest pianist of the 20th century (i think he is anyway). There is a great story to the Rach's 2nd piano concerto. In 1897, when the composer debuted his first symphony, it was so poorly conducted by the conductor (who wasn't rach) it made people hate it. Rachmaninoff became so depressed afterwards, he couldn't compose, play, or even think about touching a key on the piano. He sought treatment from a hypnotist that always told him everyday that when he was cured he would write a masterpiece. Dr. Nikolai Dahl (the hypnotist) was abosolutely right. After treatment, Rachmaninoff wrote the 2nd concerto, now thought to be his masterpiece. I haven't heard the composer's recording of this great concerto, but Cliburn's recording will have you breatless through his playing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must have
One of my favorite pieces of music of all time. The more you listen to it the more it moves you. Van C!iburn at his best.
Published 8 days ago by C.Warden
5.0 out of 5 stars Piece of Musical History
I am thrilled with this CD of Van Cliburn's Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto; it is truly a piece of musical history. The experience with the seller was absolutely excellent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. George Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 / Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2
Others have addressed the musical character of this recording, which is outstanding.

I would like to talk about the sonic quality. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Frederick J Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Cliburn
What more can be said about this artist. Lovely rendition of these Rachmaninoff concertos. Very, very glad to have it.
Published 4 months ago by CCPC
5.0 out of 5 stars besst version
This is the best version of this piano concerto and youu will want to play it again and again and again.
Published 5 months ago by Henry Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd purchase of same thing
Received this several years ago as gift. Loved it. So,I got it for my sister who also loves it also.
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I had already listened to this Concerto 1 years ago, way back in the late 50s and early 60s. That was on a 33rpm record. I needed a newer product and this fits the bill. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Zane Hacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Cliburn at his best!
This is the best! of all! He was a beacon of light and hope,who brought a world together through his genius of piano playing of the classics which rises above all differences of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Betty Staples
5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2
I love the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, especially the 3rd Movement and I had been looking for it performed by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Found it on Amazon. Read more
Published 8 months ago by JG
5.0 out of 5 stars Piano Concerto 1
An amazingly recorded performance by a great young Texan recorded in Russia when Russia was some place! I can not believe it was recorded in 1958! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Farzan Roshdieh
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