Van Cliburn achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 at the age of 23, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Cliburn's performance at the competition finale of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 earned him a standing ovation lasting eight minutes. When it was time to announce a winner, the judges were obliged to ask permission of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to give first prize to an American. "Is he the best?" Khrushchev asked. "Then give him the prize!"Cliburn returned home to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only time the honor has been accorded a classical musician. His cover story in Time proclaimed him "The Texan Who Conquered Russia". His legacy as a virtuoso has been secured not only in his recorded output, but in the piano competition that bears his name, and is regarded as the top piano competition in the world. We present Grigorian's hommage to the great Van Cliburn!



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Van Cliburn - Great Piano Concertos
Label: RCA Catalog: 88697742852   Format: CD
Van Cliburn (piano)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor' Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reine...
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Van Cliburn: The Complete Album Collection
Label: RCA RED SEAL Catalog: 887654072320   Format: CD
CD 1 Tchaikovsky - Concerto No. 1 CD 2 Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 3 CD 3 Schumann - Concerto- Chicago Symphony Orchestra CD 4 Prokofiev - Concerto No. 3 & Mac Dowell - Concerto No. 2 ...
28CD & 1DVD Released on the RCA Red Seal label, this stunning budget-priced boxset brings together for the first time, all the live & studio recordings of legendary pianist Harvey Lavan 'Van' ...
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Van Cliburn In Moscow Vol5
Label: VAI Catalog: DVD4456   Format: DVD
Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”; Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39; Liszt: Sonetto No. 123 del Petrarca, S. 161/6, Mephisto Waltz No. 1; Scriabin: Noctu...
The fifth volume in this major retrospective of Van Cliburn’s artistry features the great American pianist in solo works by Liszt, Chopin, Scriabin, and Debussy. These live performances were re...
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Van Cliburn In Moscow Vol.4
Label: VAI Catalog: DVD4455   Format: DVD
Brahms Handel Variations, Op.24 Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82 Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 (Original Version) Live, 1972 (Brahms, Prokofiev) / 1960 (Rachmani...
The celebrated pianist Van Cliburn achieved legendary status overnight after winning the First International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958. This landmark DVD series marks the first time...
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Van Cliburn: Beethoven / Liszt / Tchaikovsky
Label: MELODIYA Catalog: MELCD100250   Format: CD
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Van Cliburn: A Portrait
Label: VAI Catalog: DVD4291   Format: DVD
1 DVD - Label: Vai - 4291 - - - :
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1; Schumann-Liszt: Widmung & Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 & 3rd Movement; Liszt: Piano Sonata, Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; and others.
Though Van Cliburn will always be remembered as the winner of the first Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition (and remains the only American ever to have won it), this 1966 documentary from t...
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Van Cliburn - Recital (royal Festival Hall - 1959)
Label: Testament Catalog: SBT1445   Format: CD
1958 was a red-letter year not only in music competition history but in the entire history of performance. For it was then that 23-year-old Van Cliburn of Texas won the first Tchaikovsky Competitio...
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Van Cliburn In Moscow V3
Label: VAI Catalog: DVD4454   Format: DVD
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18; Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30; Encores: Rachmaninoff: Prelude in E-flat, Op.23, No.6; Schumann-Liszt: Widmung

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Van Cliburn In Moscow, Volume 1
Label: VAI Catalog: DVD4452   Format: DVD
Moscow Philharmonic; Kyrill Kondrashin, conductor
Beethoven: Concerto No.5, in E-flat major, Op.73; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.23; Encores: Chopin Fantasy in F minor, Op.49; Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.12
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Van Cliburn's triumph at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Cliburn's winning the Competition in 1958 at the height of the Cold War between the U...
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Van Cliburn - Concert Pianist
Label: RCA Catalog: 887654145192   Format: DVD
Van Cliburn (piano); Dan Rather (narrator)
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Van Cliburn In Moscow, Vol. 2
Label: VAI Catalog: DVD4453   Format: DVD
Moscow Philharmonic; Kyrill Kondrashin, conductor
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16; Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.83
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Van Cliburn's triumph at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Cliburn's winning the Competition in 1958 at the height of the Cold War between the U...
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Van Cliburn - A Romantic Collection
Release Date: 08/1990   Label: RCA Victor Gold Seal   Catalogue: 60414   Number of Discs: 1   Format: CD
Composer: Franz Liszt , Johannes Brahms , Robert Schumann , Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Enrique Granados (more)
Performer: Van Cliburn
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Van Cliburn Plays Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Kabale
Label: Testament Catalog: SBT1440   Format: CD
Van Cliburn, piano with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kyrill Kondrashin
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943): Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30
Dmitri Kabalevsk...
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Brahms & Schumann: Piano Concertos Van Cliburn
Label: Testament Catalog: SBT1460   Format: CD
Van Cliburn, piano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
conducted by/Dirigent/direction: Fritz Reiner
Disc 1
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83
Disc 2
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54
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Following his big win in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 1958, Van Cliburn was a hot ticket, playing to sold out houses where...
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Van Cliburn Plays Chopin / Arrau Plays Beethoven
Label: ICA Catalog: ICAD5073   Format: DVD VIDEO
LEGACY: CLIBURN, ARRAU PIANO R
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata' BBC Television Studios, 13 October 1959 Claudio Arrau (piano) Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 (bonus) BB...
As winner of the inaugural Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958, Van Cliburn was lauded by the greats, including Shostakovich, Gilels and Sviatoslav Richter, who is said to have proclaimed ‘he is a pi...
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