Thursday, February 28, 2013

RIP Van Cliburn

On Wednesday Feb. 27, 2013 virtuoso classical pianist Van Cliburn died after a valiant fight with bone cancer.

This from NPR:  "Legendary pianist Van Cliburn, the only solo musician of any genre to receive a ticker-tape parade in New York City and the first classical musician to sell a million albums, died Wednesday morning in his Fort Worth, Texas, home. The 78-year-old Texan soared to world fame in 1958 when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, at the height of the Cold War."

Van Cliburn in Moscow, 1962, performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1 in B flat minor, movement 3, Allegro con fuoco:

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