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Van Cliburn

February 28, 2013

Remembering Van Cliburn

The great American pianist Van Cliburn has died. He was 78 years old. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll remember this legendary musician. We'll hear newsreel footage from his 1958 win at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. We'll hear from his friends. We'll hear from musicians he inspired. And we'll hear archival recordings of the man himself.

Today's Playlist

Performance Today audio is available for seven days following broadcast.

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  • John Adams
    Tromba Lontana, from Two Fanfares for Orchestra
    The San Francisco Symphony, Edo De Waart, conductor
  • Richard Wagner
    The Ride of the Valkyries, from Die Walkure
    The Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Most, conductor
    Severance Hall, Cleveland
  • PT Young Artist-in-Residence
    Coleman Itzkoff, cello
  • Gyorgy Ligeti
    Two movements from Sonata for Solo Cello
    Coleman Itzkoff, cello
    Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul
  • Charles Ives
    Two movements from Symphony No. 2
    The New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
  • Charles Ives
    The Alcotts, from a Concord Symphony
    The San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
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