Van Cliburn discography

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A selection of Van Cliburn recordings

Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn Jr. (/ˈklbɜːrn/; July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013)[1] was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958, at the age of 23, when he won the inaugural quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow during the Cold War.

Recording career[edit]

Upon Cliburn's return to the United States, RCA Victor signed him to an exclusive contract and his subsequent recording of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 won the 1958 Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance. It was certified a gold record in 1961, and it became the first classical album to go platinum, achieving that certification in 1989.[2][3]

List of recordings[edit]

Most of Van Cliburn's recordings were originally issued on LP records, with some also issued on reel-to-reel, cassette, and 8-track tapes. Many of Cliburn's recordings were reissued on Compact Disc when that format became available in the 1980s, in remasterings of variable quality. Shortly before Cliburn's death, Sony Classical (which owns the RCA Victor Red Seal archives) released a newly remastered, Original Jacket Collection style boxed set, including Cliburn's complete RCA Victor recordings, with the exception of LSC-2807, Cliburn's sole recording as a conductor.

A number of recordings, mostly originating from live concerts, have been issued on some smaller labels, including Testament.

Year of issue Album title and details Recording date(s) LP catalog no. Record label
1958 Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 May 30, 1958 LSC-2252 RCA
1959 Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3
  • Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
May 19, 1958 LSC-2355 RCA
1960 Schumann Concerto April 16, 1960 LSC-2455 RCA
1961 Prokofiev and MacDowell Concertos
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
  • MacDowell: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 23
October, 1960 LSC-2507 RCA
1961 Beethoven “Emperor” Concerto
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73
    • Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Fritz Reiner, conductor |
May, 1961 LSC-2562 RCA
1961 My Favorite Chopin
  • Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 "Heroic" / Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1 / Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49 / Etude in A minor, Op. 25, No. 11 "Winter Wind" / Etude in E major, Op. 10, No. 3 / Ballade in A-flat major, Op. 47 / Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 / Scherzo in C-sharp minor, Op. 39
May, 1961 LSC-2576 RCA
1962 Brahms Concerto No. 2
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
    • Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Fritz Reiner, conductor / Robert La Marchina, cello solo
May, 1961 LSC-2581 RCA
1962 Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
    • Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Fritz Reiner, conductor
March-April, 1962 LSC-2601 RCA
1963 Beethoven Concerto No. 4
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
    • Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Fritz Reiner, conductor
April, 1963 LSC-2680 RCA
1964 Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 March, 1964 LSC-2724 RCA
1965 Van Cliburn Conducts
  • Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
    • Interlochen Youth Orchestra and Chorus / Van Cliburn, conductor
August, 1964 LSC-2807 RCA
1966 Beethoven: “Les Adieux” Sonata, Mozart, Sonata in C
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
  • W. A. Mozart: Piano Sonata in C major, K. 330
March, August 1966 LSC-2931 RCA
1968 Chopin
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
  • Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
August, 1967 LSC-3053 RCA
1969 Grieg, Liszt Concertos August 12, 1968 LSC-3065 RCA
1970 Chopin: Concerto No. 1
  • Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
    • Philadelphia Orchestra / Eugene Ormandy, conductor
August 18, 1969 LSC-3147 RCA
1970 My Favorite Encores
  • Chopin: Etude in C minor, Op. 10, No. 12 "Revolutionary" / Nocturne in E major, Op. 62, No. 2 / Scherzo in B-flat minor, Op. 31
  • Debussy: Reflections on the Water (from Images, book II)
  • Szymanowski: Etude in B-flat minor, Op. 4, No. 3
  • Scriabin: Etude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12
  • Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableaux in E-flat minor, Op. 39, No. 5
August, 1970 LSC-3185 RCA
1971 Rachmaninoff, Liszt
  • Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
  • Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125
    • Philadelphia Orchestra / Eugene Ormandy, conductor
May 7, 1970 LSC-3179 RCA
1971 Prokofiev, Barber Sonatas
  • Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82
  • Barber: Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26
August, 1967; August 1970 LSC-3229 RCA
1971 Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
    • Philadelphia Orchestra / Eugene Ormandy, conductor
March, 1971 LSC-3238 RCA
1971 My Favorite Brahms
  • Brahms: Rhapsody in B minor, Op. 79, No. 1 / Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79, No. 2 / Intermezzo in B-flat minor, Op. 117, No. 2 / Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119, No. 3 / Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 39, No. 15 / Intermezzo in A minor, Op. 118, No. 1 / Ballade in G minor, Op. 118, No. 3 / Intermezzo in E-flat minor, Op. 118, No. 6 / Intermezzo in E major, Op. 116, No 6 / Capriccio in G minor, Op. 22, No. 3
August, 1970; July-August, 1971 LSC-3240 RCA
1971 Beethoven Sonatas
  • Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”
  • Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique”
  • Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
August, 1970 LSC-4013 RCA
1972 Chopin’s Greatest Hits
  • Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 "Heroic" / Mazurka in B-flat major, Op. 7, No 1 / Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 / Waltz in D-flat major, Op. 64, No. 1 "Minute" / Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66 / Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 / Etude in C minor, Op. 10 No. 12 "Revolutionary" / Etude in E major, Op. 10, No. 3 / Prelude in A major, Op. 28, No. 7 / Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28, No. 15 "Raindrop" / Scherzo in B-flat minor, Op. 31
May, 1961; August, 1970; August, 1971 LSC-5014 RCA
1972 My Favorite Debussy
  • Debussy: Etude pour lex octaves (from Etudes, Book I) / La Terasse des audiences du clair de lune (from Preludes, Book II) / Claire de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque) / La plus que lente / Jardins sous la pluie (from Estampes) / Reverie / Reflets dand l'eau / Feax d'artifice (from Preludes, Book II) / La Fille aux cheveaux de lin (from Preludes, Book I) / La Soiree dans Grenade (from Estampes) / L'Isle Joyeuse
January, 1972 LSC-3283 RCA
1972 The World’s Favorite Piano Music
  • Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3, S. 541
  • Chopin: Waltz in D-flat major, Op. 64, No, 1 "Minute" / Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66
  • Beethoven: Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 "Fur Elise"
  • W. A. Mozart: Turkish March, from Sonata, K. 331
  • Debussy: Reverie / Claire de lune
  • Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2
  • Brahms: Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 39, No. 15
  • Schubert: Moment Musical in F minor, D. 780, No. 3
  • Schumann: Traumerai, from Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Tchaikovsky: Barcarolle, Op. 37a, No. 6, from The Seasons
  • MacDowell: To a Wild Rose, Op 51, No. 1, from Woodland Sketches
July-August, 1971; January-February, 1972 LSC-3323 RCA
1973 Rachmaninoff
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 (original version) / Etude-Tableaux in E-flat minor, Op. 39, No. 5 / Prelude in D major, Op. 23, No. 4 / Prelude in G major, Op. 32, No. 5 / Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5 / Prelude in E-flat major, Op. 23, No. 7 / Prelude in C minor, Op. 23, No. 7
June, 1960; August, 1970; August, 1971; August, 1972 LSC- RCA
1976 A Romantic Collection
  • Schumann: Romance in F-sharp major, Op. 28, No. 2
  • Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
  • Granados: The Maiden and the Nightingale, from Goyescas
  • Debussy: L'Isle Joyeuse
  • Liszt: Consolation No. 3 in D-flat major, S. 172
  • Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op. 32, No. 12 / Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5
  • Tchaikovsky: Song of the Lark, from the Seasons, Op. 37a
  • Ravel: Pavanne for a Dead Princess / Toccata
August, 1971; July-August, 1975 ARL1-1176 RCA
1976 Van Cliburn plays Liszt
  • Liszt: Sonata in B minor, S. 178 / Un sospiro in D-flat major, S. 144, No. 3 / Sonetto 123 del Petrarca, S. 158, No. 3 / Consolation No. 5 in E major, S. 172, No. 5 / Mephisto Waltz, S. 514
August, 1973; July, 1975 ARL1-1173 RCA
1977 Van Cliburn plays Brahms
  • Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 / Intermezzo in E-flat major, Op. 117, No. 1 / Intermezzo in B-flat minor, Op. 117, No. 2 / Intermezzo in C-sharp minor, Op. 117, No. 3 / Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119, No. 1 / Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 119, No. 2 / Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119, No. 3 / Rhapsody in E-flat major, Op. 119, No. 4
August, 1970; August, 1972; August, 1973; July- August, 1975; ARL1-2280 RCA
1994 Van Cliburn in Moscow
  • Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
1972 09026 62695 2 RCA
2008 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
  • Kabalevsky: Rondo in A minor, Op. 59
    • Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra / Kirill Kondrashin, conductor
1958 SBT 1440 Testament
2009 Recital
  • W. A. Mozart: Piano Sonata in C major, K. 330
  • Chopin: Scherzo in C-sharp minor, Op. 39 / Ballade in A-flat major, Op. 47 / Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
  • Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82
  • Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp minor, S. 244
June, 1959 SBT2 1445 Testament

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