Text Box: PIANIST AUTOGRAPHS

Price: $125.00

AUTOGRAPH IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

Text Box: HARMONIE AUTOGRAPHS AND MUSIC INC.

MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN
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Autographed and inscribed record jacket for the original issue of the 1958 RCA recording of Van Cliburn playing the Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto No. 1 under the direction of Kiril Kondrashin, LM-2252, January 8, 1996.

 

Cliburn’s (1934 - 2013) win at the first Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 during the Colr War was considered a remarkable feat.  He instantly became a celebrity and Moscow sent conductor Kiril Kondrashin, who conducted his prize winning performance on a tour with the pianist of the United States.  RCA immediately signed Cliburn to a contract becoming an immediate success.  A ticker tape parade was held in the City and concerts were hastily arranged.  The NBC Symphony, also known as The Symphony of the Air when not performing official NBC gigs were contracted for two Carnegie Hall concerts on May 19th and 26th, 1958.  The concerts were triumphs and RCA released one of the performances from the 2 concerts of the Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto.  Quickly behind that release was an album of Cliburn performing the Tchaikovsky 1st Piano Concerto, this time with the Victor Symphony Orchestra, a gig performance orchestra arranged by RCA for recordings.  The record became the best selling classical record of all time for many decades.  We offer a 1st release of that 1958 record.

 

We offer this record/jacket as an autographed item, not as an audiophile collectible.  The record does bear some scratches on both sides and we have not tested it.  The jacket itself has some separation at the top and bottom opening.  That said, the condition of the cover of the jacket save one surface rub to the bottom right is superb and would make a superb framed display piece.

VAN CLIBURN - PIANIST