Composer: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, RCA Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin, Fritz Reiner
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.0
Label: Living Stereo
Size: 3.02 GB
Van Cliburn /Chicago Symphony, Tchaikovsky – Concertos No. 1 / RCA Symphony Orchestra , Rachmaninoff – Concerto No. 2
Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
1.-3. Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 in B-Flat Minor*
Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso 20:49
Andantino simplice 7:04
Allegro con fuoco 6:49
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
4.-6. Piano Concerto No. 2, Op.18 in C Minor
Moderato; Allegro 10:56
Adagio sostenuto 11:28
Allegro scherzando 11:45
In years past, I had never been able to embrace Van Cliburn’s famed Tchaikovsky Piano Conerto #1. Poor sound reproduction on previous CD releases just did not allow the power of this incredible performance to shine through. All that has now changed with this RCA Living Stereo Hybrid SACD edition. The brillantly improved sound & the enhanced spatial seperation on this version makes Cliburn’s Tchaikovsky #1 a whole new listening experience. This is how this recording was meant to sound; this is the definitive edition of this monumental performance. Do not hesitate to add this release to your classical library, even if you own any previous incarnations of this record. This is one for the history books & a sure must have!
Here’s an article for all you anal audiophiles to get your teeth into.
What this poor chap lacked in his apraisal was, of course, being able to experience the vastly superior 3 ch sound.
Two complete Living Stereo LPs on a single disc! Van Cliburn’s history-making gold medal at the 1st Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the cold war helped his Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 to become classical music’s 1st platinum record. Tchaikovsky Concerto new to the Living Stereo series line on CD!
These were originally 3-track stereo recordings; in SACD surround mode, the music will be heard only from the front left, centre & right channels.