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Van Cliburn - Moscow 1958 A truly historic classical music performance: In 1958, at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union hosted an international Tchaikovsky compeition for pianists. It was supposed to showcase the superiority of Soviet culture. To the surprise of the hosts, a 23-year-old Texan named Van Cliburn emerged as the superstar of the event. Cliburn mesmerized the crowds, the television audience, and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra with his technical and artistic brilliance. Here is the last four minutes of Cliburn's final performance of the event--Rachmaninoff's 3rd Concerto. Look at the reaction from the audience and the orchestra members. The applause lasted for about eight minutes. Everyone knew who the outstanding pianist of the competition was! This created quite a dilemma for the organizers: a Soviet citizen was expected to win--not an American. Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev was hastily telephoned to make the final decision. To his credit Khruschev settled the matter quickly and fairly: "Was he the best? Yes? Then give him the prize!" Cliburn became a beloved figure in Russia until his death in 2013.
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Added: 21st January 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Looking Back to JFK  and The Cuban Missile Crisis A brief summary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Fourteen days that had the world holding its breath.
Tags: john  f  kennedy  cuban  missile  crisis  russia  nikita  khrushchev  world  history  news 
Added: 29th September 2007
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Posted By: Guido
Hymn of the Soviet Union 1977 This is the revised version of The Hymn of the Soviet Union. The original version was written in 1927 and had allusions to Josef Stalin. After Stain died in 1953 and Nikita Khruschev took over, Stalin was discredited. This created a problem with having Stalin's name mentioned in the national anthem. The solution? Keep the tune but ditch the words. Thus, The Hymn of the Soviet Union was officially wordless until 1977 when these new Stalin-free lyrics were adopted. There's a really interesting story about how the new lyrics came to be. If anyone is curious enough to ask, I'll post the story in the comments section.
Tags: Hymn  of  the  Soviet  Union  anthem 
Added: 19th August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964

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