Cliburn's historic victory helped tear down cultural barriers years ahead of glasnost and perestroika, transcending politics by demonstrating
the universality of classical music.
Upon hir return to the United States, the young pianist received a hero's welcome in New York City with a ticket-tape parade, the first and
only time the city gave such an honour to a classical musician.On that historic day Van Cliburn became both cultural hero and unofficial
diplomat.He went on to perfom with every important orchestra and conductor in the world's most renowed concert halls. Mr.Cliburn
also returned to tour the Soviet Union may times between 1960 and 1972.
This DVD seriesmarks the first time that Cliburn's performaces on Russian television have been made available to the international public.These live concerts
bear testament to the incredible excitement generated by Cliburn's technical bravura, musical depth, and artistic charisma, and as a memento of the
unique relationship forged with the discerning Russian audiences.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky