"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.
This is an RCA "White Dog" Living Stereo recording from 1966. The RCA "Dogs" are considered to be of true Audiophile quality. This recording is no exception.
The record is NM-.
The jacket is NM.
The LP sounds Mint+.
An absolutely immaculate recording in every way! The Piano sounds "Live" and in perfect proportion to the Orchestra. The imaging of the Piano is rock-solid with no "wander" in any of the registers. Dynamics range from dead silence to thundering Crescendo's. The soundstage is wide and deep with a highly defined "space" for each instrument.
This is one of the cleanest pressings I have heard of this recording.
Surface noise is virtually non-existent - what little might exist is almost inaudible except on 2 or 3 dead quiet passages.
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