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Thread #149713 Message #3484558
Posted By: Ron Davies
27-Feb-13 - 10:28 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Van Cliburn - Pianist (1934 - Feb 2013)
Subject: RE: Obit: Van Cliburn - Pianist - Feb 2013
Did you catch the "All Things Considered" piece on him this evening?
He brought out, among other things, gentleness in the Tchaikosvsky concerto that Russian pianists had not--and was admired and emulated for it.
He thought of the concerto as singing.
He asked before he went back to Russia a few years ago if they would remember him. He was mobbed.
Also, a wonderful quote, endorsed by Van Cliburn, originally by Rachmaninoff: "Great music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for great music."
And he even received reward for his talent in his lifetime--including the first million selling classical record (must be LP).