The Resource Van Cliburn performs Chopin ; : Claudio Arrau performs Beethoven, BBC, International Classical Artists Ltd, (electronic resource)

Van Cliburn performs Chopin ; : Claudio Arrau performs Beethoven, BBC, International Classical Artists Ltd, (electronic resource)

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Van Cliburn performs Chopin ; : Claudio Arrau performs Beethoven
Title
Van Cliburn performs Chopin ;
Title remainder
Claudio Arrau performs Beethoven
Statement of responsibility
BBC, International Classical Artists Ltd
Title variation
Claudio Arrau performs Beethoven
Contributor
Performer
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Cliburn in Chopin and Arrau in Beethoven: illuminating contrasts in both creator and re-creator, in composer and performer. Cliburn was recorded by the BBC one year after his tumultuous triumph in the 1958 inaugural Tchaikovsky Competition, where his playing captivated a jury that included such luminaries as Shostakovich, Kabalevsky, Richter and Gilels. For Richter, Cliburn was the genuine article ("he is a pianist, the others are not"), and oblivious to competition etiquette, he awarded Cliburn one hundred marks, the others zero. The Tchaikovsky Competition had been created as a showcase for Russian talent and so Cliburn's hold on both his jury and audience came as a shock. Here, after all, was an American pianist who made his admirers forget the current cold was and who defied cynical expectations of a crew-cut school of playing expressed in un-lyrical, cut-glass sound. Later in London, Cliburn would attract a capacity audience (including several Hollywood stars) to the Royal Festival Hall and launched an international career that quickly took its toll. On the present programme, Cliburn has a relaxed mastery that is worlds away from the steeliness and hypertension associated with many of his compatriots. Even the Minor-key dramas of the Third Scherzo and F Minor Fantasy are contained rather than fiercely ignited. Nothing is rushed and everything is in place, a quality natbly true of his way with the Third Ballade. Cliburn, clearly on best behavious for the BBC comments that for him the Fantasy shows a struggle between earthly passions and spiritual awakening. Claudio Arrau's Beethoven dates from the same period. Arrau has been described as "Prince," "Emperor" and "King" of the keyboard, and such royal denominators convey something of the awe which he was held. In Arrau's performance, there is little of Cliburn's relatively laissez-faire approach; instead there is a burning intensity that holds and indeed rivets the attention. At the same time there is none of that sometimes overbearing and pedantic quality that afflicted Arrau during his later years. There is above all, in the elemental outpouring of the Appassionata Sonata, a richness and humanity, something never divorced from other vital forms of expression. Not surprisingly, Arrau possessed a formidable knowledge of a wide variety of subjects, most notably of philosophy, art and literature. Bryce Morrison
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FRMTV
Characteristic
videorecording
Date of event
1959-1960
Other event information
Recorded
PerformerNote
Van Cliburn (Chopin), Claudio Arrau (Beethoven), piano
Place of event
BBC Television Studios, London
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1934-2013
  • 1903-1991
  • 1810-1849
  • 1810-1849
  • 1810-1849
  • 1770-1827
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Cliburn, Van
  • Arrau, Claudio
  • Chopin, Frédéric
  • Chopin, Frédéric
  • Chopin, Frédéric
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
  • International Classical Artists, Ltd
Runtime
56
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Piano music
  • Scherzos (Piano)
  • Sonatas (Piano)
Technique
live action
Label
Van Cliburn performs Chopin ; : Claudio Arrau performs Beethoven, BBC, International Classical Artists Ltd, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Copyright
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unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ballade no. 3 in A flat major, op. 47
  • Scherzo no. 3 in C sharp minor, op. 39
  • Fantasy in F minor, op. 49
  • Frederic Chopin
  • Piano sonata no. 23 in F minor, op. 57 "Appassionata"
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
Control code
ocn956369463
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file (55 min., 23 sec.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
sound, color
Quality assurance targets
unknown
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unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
1932
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o956369463
  • (OCoLC)956369463
Video recording format
other
Label
Van Cliburn performs Chopin ; : Claudio Arrau performs Beethoven, BBC, International Classical Artists Ltd, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ballade no. 3 in A flat major, op. 47
  • Scherzo no. 3 in C sharp minor, op. 39
  • Fantasy in F minor, op. 49
  • Frederic Chopin
  • Piano sonata no. 23 in F minor, op. 57 "Appassionata"
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
Control code
ocn956369463
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file (55 min., 23 sec.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
sound, color
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
1932
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o956369463
  • (OCoLC)956369463
Video recording format
other

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