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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
Views: 3179
Posted By: Lava1964
Van Cliburn Summit Concert 1987 In December 1987, pianist Van Cliburn was summoned by Ronald Reagan to perform at the White House as a prelude to the summit between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. It was Cliburn's first public performance in nine years.
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Added: 6th August 2009
Views: 2154
Posted By: Lava1964
Van Cliburn on Whats My Line America's great classical pianist, Van Cliburn, makes an appearance as as mystery challenger on What's My Line on April 5, 1964. You can tell he has a terrific wit and an engaging personality.
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Added: 28th February 2013
Views: 1523
Posted By: Lava1964
Van Cliburn - 1994 National Anthem You'll want to listen to this more than once. From the Texas Rangers' Opening Day in 1994, Van Cliburn and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra combine for a beautiful double version of the Star Spangled Banner.
Tags: Texas  Rangers  Van  Cliburn  piano  national  anthem 
Added: 25th August 2017
Views: 1226
Posted By: Lava1964

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