"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 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." - AMG.
RCA Red Seal .5 Series Audiophile pressing.
1/2 Speed Mastered from the original multi-track Master.
Improved frequency response, lower distortion and higher levels
The '.5' Series present the classic RCA Living Stereo Series in an up-to-date Audiophile sound.
The record is Mint.
The jacket is NM-.
The LP plays NM.
Spectacular - that's all I can say about this incredible re-mastering. I compared this LP to the original "Shaded Dog" 1S/1S which I have (in Mint condition) and it is in a different league.
The "Dog" is more 'Romantic' and intimate with Van Cliburn's Piano dominating the recording and the Orchestra merely a back-drop. The ".5" balance the two more realistically. If the"'Dog" sounds 'Romantic', then the ".5" sounds 'Modern' and 'Audiophile' - more like a Nautilus Direct to Disc recording. Even more significant is that the ".5" sounds as if an octive were added on both the top and bottom-end.
This is truely an outstanding re-mastering of one of the most famous recordings of this famous piece.
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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