Van in the USSR

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Fifty years ago, a pianist from Texas named Van Cliburn won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. It was the height of the Cold War and when he returned to the States, he was honored with a ticker tape parade down Broadway’s “Canyon of Heroes.” Produced by WNYC’s Sara Fishko.

Music Playlist

  1. Piano Concerto #1

    Artist: composed by Tchaikovsky, performed by Van Cliburn, piano, RCA Symphony Orchestra
    Album: Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1/Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2
    Label: RCA
  2. Ballade number 3 op. 47

    Artist: composed by Chopin, performed by Van Cliburn, piano
    Album: My Favorite Chopin
    Label: RCA