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Van Cliburn: Great Piano Concertos - Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov (2&3), Brahms (1-2), Grieg, Beethoven (1-5), Prokofiev (3), et al. [7 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

These imports feature German pressings from the immense Sony Classical Masters Catalog in smart and collectible multi-disc editions. The Sony catalog is replete with legendary artists and hold many of the greatest recordings of the classical repertoire. Each box features large, prominently displayed photo of the featured artist. and comes packaged in a slender, shelf-friendly box with the CDs themselves housed in space-saving slipsleeves.


Works:

Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854-1858; Germany
Date of Recording: 1964

Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830; Poland

Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1934; USA

Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1881; Austria

Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841-1845; Germany

Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 1961
Venue: Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois

Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 âEuroEmperorâEuro by Ludwig van Beethoven

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria
Venue: Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois

Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868/1907; Norway

Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany

Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 23 by Edward MacDowell

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Walter Hendl
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884-1886; Germany
Date of Recording: 1960

Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria

Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: Russia
Date of Recording: 1958
Length: 34 Minutes 46 Secs.

Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: Russia
Length: 33 Minutes 50 Secs.

Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov

Performer: Van Cliburn (Piano)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Symphony of the Air
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909; Russia

Fanfare
These performances deserve their classic status. Van Cliburn's mastery of shape, of pulse and rhythm, his robust vigor and the sensitivity he displays in the modulations of each phrase, make his grandly expressive playing gleam.



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