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Essential Van Cliburn
     

The Essential Van Cliburn

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by Van Cliburn
 
When the USSR launched Sputnik, brainchild of Vasily Ryabikov, at the height of the Cold War, the U.S. launched Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr., brainchild of Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn. Although his apogee was not as high as the Soviet satellite's, pianist Van Cliburn still soared during his 20-year career. From 1958 when he won the Tchaikovsky

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When the USSR launched Sputnik, brainchild of Vasily Ryabikov, at the height of the Cold War, the U.S. launched Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr., brainchild of Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn. Although his apogee was not as high as the Soviet satellite's, pianist Van Cliburn still soared during his 20-year career. From 1958 when he won the Tchaikovsky Competition to 1978 when he retired after the death of his father and manager, Cliburn was a true classical superstar, playing for thousands of people and selling millions of records. This two-disc set, The Essential Van Cliburn, includes excerpts from many of Cliburn's most famous concerto performances on the first disc -- his spectacular Rachmaninov "Third" and his fabulous Tchaikovsky "First" with Kiril Kondrashin conducting the "Symphony of the Air," along with his Rachmaninov "Second," Brahms "Second," and Beethoven "Fifth" with Fritz Reiner conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra -- plus his most popular solo performances on the second disc -- his barn-storming Chopin "Heroic Polonaise," his jaw-dropping Liszt "Mephisto Waltz," his window-rattling Rachmaninov "C sharp minor Prélude," and his senses-shattering Debussy "Feux d'artifice," along with eight others. Although for some listeners Cliburn's rhetoric may seem a bit strident and his virtuosity may appear a tad questionable, for most listeners these are the performances that won the cultural cold war, and thus are beyond criticism. It should be added that RCA's stereo sound is uniformly big, bold, and brilliant.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886970958523
catalogNumber:
709585

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso

    1. 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso  (20:47)
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto

    1. 2. Adagio sostenuto  (11:29)
  3. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 3. Andante

    1. 3. Andante  (12:36)
  4. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 3. Rondo: Allegro

    1. 3. Rondo: Allegro  (10:01)
  5. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 3. Finale: Alla breve

    1. 3. Finale: Alla breve  (14:57)

Disc 2

  1. Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155  (07:01)
  2. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)  (04:51)
  3. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Claire de lune

    1. Claire de lune  (05:17)
  4. Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123: Feux d'artifice

    1. Feux d'artifice  (04:12)
  5. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 5

    1. No. 5  (05:15)
  6. Un sospiro, for piano in D flat major (Grande études de concert No. 3), S. 144/3 (LW A118/3)  (05:39)
  7. Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79  (06:40)
  8. Widmung (Liebeslied), transcription for piano (after Schumann, I & II), S. 566 (LW A133)  (04:03)
  9. Nocturne for piano No. 17 in B major, Op. 62/1, CT. 124  (07:05)
  10. Fantasy for piano in F minor/A flat major, Op. 49, C. 42  (12:13)
  11. Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2  (04:50)
  12. Mephisto Waltz (I & II), for piano No. 1 (Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke), S. 514 (LW A189)  (10:48)

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The Essential Van Cliburn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Van Cliburn this will become an essential part of your collection. It is also a masterful representation of the essential Van Cliburn. His artistry, physical skill and mastery of his instrument are fully expressed in this collection. If you think he is only in his element with the showy concerto type performances, you need to hear the exquisite beauty with which he performs the small pieces, the simple pieces. I felt glorious after listening to the solo selections!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always good listening