"Handsome, lanky 6'4," 23-year-old Van Cliburn, with his Southerner's air of innocent modesty and tremendous keyboard technique, in April 1958 carried off the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow with a transcendent performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. Timing ó kairos ó and talent combined to make his triumph symbolic, heroic, and permanently memorable; the recording he made of it soon after, with Kiril Kondrashin conducting the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, is warmly glowing with an incomparable magic that has kept his performance competitive with later interpreters decade after decade. Following his win, of course, Cliburn enjoyed a major career, and the recordings he made in the succeeding decade possess a large-scale grandeur. He was at his best in Romantic repertoire ó Liszt, Chopin, Schumann, Grieg, MacDowell, Rachmaninov ó though his Mozart and Beethoven can seem academic. His return to the concert scene after a ten-year sabbatical was hardly noticed. But the legend, the peculiar kairos that realized itself through him, is imperishable." - AMG.
This is an RCA "Shaded Dog" Living Stereo recording from 1961 with 3S/3S Stampers.
The RCA "Dogs" are considered to be of true Audiophile quality. This recording is no exception.
The record is Mint.
The jacket is Mint.
The LP plays Mint+.
Fantastic dynamics and micro-detail. The Piano is captured with the power, attack and realistic tonality. A magnificient performance and incredible pressing.
Surface noise is minimal and consists mainly of tape 'hiss' and occasional vinyl noise which is barely audible on very quiet passages only.
Each record is washed on a VPI cleaning machine using a proprietary 3-5 agent process which is determined by the needs of the individual record. Each record is then listened to 100% to insure that the posted description is exactly what you can expect to get.
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