Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn Died Today

It's hard to get just how famous Van Cliburn was back in the years after he won the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (he got a ticker-tape parade in Manhattan, and his first album went platinum)--and what it meant to go into the heart of Soviet territory and show them how to play a signature work by their own legendary composer. His win was Paul Henderson's goal in the 1972 Summit Series, Rocky's pounding of Drago, Reagan's "tear down this wall."

I wrote about his performance of Tchaikovsky's first concerto a few years back, and the best obituary I've seen today has been NPR's. Take some time and listen.