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Recognition in Moscow propelled Cliburn to international prominence. The first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 was an event designed to demonstrate Soviet cultural superiority during the Cold War, after the USSR’s technological victory with the Sputnik launch in October 1957. Cliburn’s performance at the competition finale of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on April 13 earned him a standing ovation lasting eight minutes. When it was time to announce the 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. (Continue reading here)
Composer: Sergeji Rachmaninov, Franz Liszt
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 945 MB
Analyzed folder: /96k Rachmaninov – Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini – Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 2 – Van Cliburn
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -0.87 dB -18.90 dB A Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43.aif
DR13 -2.72 dB -20.05 dB B1 Piano Concerto No.2 In A, S.125 – 1. Adagio sostenuto assai – Allegro agitato assai.aif
DR12 -1.96 dB -18.85 dB B2 Piano Concerto No.2 In A, S.125 – 2. Allegro moderato – Allegro deciso.aif
DR12 -8.91 dB -26.24 dB B3 Piano Concerto No.2 In A, S.125 – 3. Marziale un poco meno allegro.aif
DR11 -1.06 dB -14.83 dB B4 Piano Concerto No.2 In A, S.125 – 4. Allegro animato – Stretto (molto accelerando).aif
Number of files: 5
Official DR value: DR12
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