Van in the USSR


Friday, April 04, 2008

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
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Ballade number 3 op. 47
    Artist: composed by Chopin, performed by Van Cliburn, piano
    Album: My Favorite Chopin
    Label: RCA
    Purchase: Amazon

Produced by:

Sara Fishko

Comments [1]

karen dickinson

Hello Mr. Anderson, I generally enjoy your program, but I heard you make a snide comment about teaching during your recent program. In the interview, you said something like, Did you want to just chuck it and get your teaching certificate? This may not be exactly what you said, but as a teacher of English and a teacher of teachers, I find this type of comment unnecessary. I respect the fact that you seem to think the man you were interviewing to be talented, but I have worked with high school English students who write better poetry than the lyrics heard on this show. Just because someone can create lines that rhyme, doesn't mean he can teach.

Feb. 27 2013 06:12 PM

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