Originally posted by lolofHe certainly played this piece well for the Russians to give him first prize in a competition. Tchaikovsky's 1st piano concerto was certainly a great way to get intorduced to the joys of classical. Mine was through a compilation record of the best of Liberace which included an condesnsed version of this, plus Rhapsody in Blue, Padewwski's minuet and Mozart's Marccia alla Turka, excerpted from one of his piano sonatas. I was smitten and had to learn more. It was quite shocking to me learning that the Tchaikovsky piano concerto #1 was considerably longer and more brilliant. But I digress. Van Cliburn also played Debussy with poetic brilliance and a depth of feeling even others considered greater than he at the time could hardly match.
Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 - was my introduction to classical music, a great experience.