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Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)

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Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)
Final of the 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition (Previously unpublished)
Van Cliburn, piano; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; Kyrill Kondrashin

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Genre: Classical | Label: Testament | # SBT1440 | Time: 01:19:54

Deep in the heart of the Cold War, there was once a miracle in Moscow – Texas-based classical pianist Van Cliburn, of whom no one had heard, conquered at the First Tchaikovsky Competition, an event set aside to showcase Soviet talent. Cliburn was warned by his own government not to go, given the tense political relationship between the United States and Soviet Union at the time, and once he arrived he was greeted as a party crasher, subject to hostile stares and animosity of the kind he had never dreamed of back in Texas. And it was Cliburn, at the end, which brought down the house, and held the award. Back in America, he was greeted with a ticker tape parade and was the subject of a best-selling biography by Abram Chasins, The Van Cliburn Story, copies of which continue to clog the shelves of American thrift stores five decades hence. Ultimately, though, Cliburn's celebrity lost its luster. Nerves, ultra-picky perfectionism, and mishandling by management led to his early retirement from the concert scene; his greatest latter-day achievement being the force behind the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, America's most prestigious such event.

Right after Van Cliburn won the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958, RCA Victor secured a contract with the pianist and rushed him into a hastily arranged recording session – with Soviet conductor Kiril Kondrashin present and accounted for – where he repeated his winning concerto program, consisting of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov's Third. This swiftly became the best-selling classical LP of all time and may well have not been superseded in the interim. However, Testament's Van Cliburn plays Tchaikovsky – Rachmaninov – Kabalevsky is not taken from the studio recording, but from a Soviet tape of the original concert. This recording was available in the Soviet Union for decades, but never circulated in the West; the Kabalevsky Rondo alone appeared on a BMG CD in the '90s. The master tape has not survived without some compromise; it's a little constricted in the openings of movements, but widens out as they progress and fairly long passages of the antique Soviet recording yields pretty realistic sound. Cliburn is definitely on fire in this appearance; perhaps all of the opposition to his appearance welled up inside him and released itself in a torrent of superb playing. The Soviet bloc judges gave Cliburn the prize simply because he was the most "Russian"-sounding pianist in the competition, not because his American-ness made him superior in any way to the other players, as the xenophobic sentiment felt across the pond would tend to assume.

The sound recording of this important cultural document is certainly not to the level one would get with a twenty first century recording, made in studio circumstances and all of the digital tricks of the trade in evidence. However, it is not as bad as one might expect, and the very availability of the concert represented on Testament's Van Cliburn Plays Tchaikovsky – Rachmaninov – Kabalevsky affords us the opportunity to sit in on one of the most consequential concert appearances made by any artist in the twentieth century, not to mention appreciate the full measure of Cliburn's great achievement there. He never again had a night like this, and one wonders as the march of time goes on if it is possible for a mere pianist to upset the balance of political power much as Van Cliburn did.

Review by Uncle Dave Lewis, Allmusic.com

Van Cliburn's RCA recordings of the Tchaikovsky First and Rachmaninov Third concertos easily justify the pianist's youthful acclaim after winning the first International Tchaikovsky Competition. However, these live performances from the event's final round on April 11, 1958 communicate far more excitement alongside Cliburn's innately lyrical gifts. In his own way, Cliburn matches Horowitz and Argerich for palpable electricity, elemental fervor, emotional daring, singing line, and unabashed romanticism. Tempos are not so broad as annotator Bryce Morrison claims, yet for all the forward sweep both Cliburn and conductor Kyrill Kondrashin generate, nothing ever sounds rushed. The pianist takes time to articulate and shape countermelodies and inner voices without undue lingering or exaggerating details.

Cliburn's intelligent musicality makes room for virtuosic panache, as borne out in the Tchaikovsky concerto's infamous octaves and demanding coda. His huge hands also make less work and more sense out of Rachmaninov's thicker first-movement cadenza in comparison to many pianists. Small wonder Cliburn swept the Russian audiences off their feet. Under Kondrashin's inspired and involving leadership the less than world-class orchestra plays with impressive point and rhythmic verve (note the rapid piano and woodwind exchanges in the Tchaikovsky finale, or the vividly characterized first-desk solos throughout the Rachmaninov). For an encore, Cliburn tosses off Kabalevsky's Rondo (written for the competition) as if he were improvising it on the spot. The sonics do not exactly represent the era's state of the art, yet they are balanced and listenable. A real treat for piano buffs.

Review by Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)



Van Cliburn, piano
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Kyrill Kondrashin, conductor

Tracklist:

01. Applause (0:15)

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23
02. I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso (20:06)
03. II. Andantino simplice (6:23)
04. III. Allegro con fuoco (6:55)

05. Applause (0:15)

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30
06. I. Allegro ma non tanto (16:16)
07. II. Intermezzo: Adagio (9:55)
08. III. Finale: Alla breve (14:10)

Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
09. Rondo in A minor, Op.59 (5:39)


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Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)

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