Saturday, March 9, 2013

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Remembering Van Cliburn

Van Cliburn, renowned American classical pianist who won the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, recently passed away. Above he is shown in 1962 performing the third movement of his signature piece, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, under the direction of Kirill Kondrashin. Among those applauding at the end is Soviet Union leader Nikita Krushchev. I also recommend listening to Van Cliburn's stirring rendition of Chopin's Polonaise. PBS NewsHour paid tribute to Van Cliburn and his effect on classical music and the Cold War; PBS also produced The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

I still have some, unfortunately, vague memories of Van Cliburn on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Jeff Tone said...

You can be excused. We were quite young then.