Van Cliburn, Fritz Reiner -《舒曼：A小调钢琴协奏曲 / 贝多芬：第五号皇帝钢琴协奏曲》(Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 "Emperor" - Schumann Piano Concerto In A Minor)[SACD-r]
★ 21 世纪最传奇的美国英雄钢琴家
范‧克莱本 (1934.07.12) 真的是一位生对时代、音乐成就不朽的美国钢琴大师，在美苏冷战对峙的紧绷时刻，他参加 1958 年在莫斯科举办的第一届柴可夫斯基国际钢琴大赛中，以辉煌灿烂的柴可夫斯基第一号钢琴协奏曲夺得金牌，化解两国的紧张，赢得苏联人的尊敬，回国时受到英雄般的欢迎，随后由孔德拉辛指挥、RCA 唱片所灌录的唱片也一时洛阳纸贵，成为美国有史以来最畅销的古典唱片。
范‧克莱本 3 岁学琴，14 岁便於卡内基音乐厅登台，母亲则受教於李斯特的弟子 Arthur Friedheim，在茱莉亚音乐院时，指导教授是俄罗斯学派出身的 Rosina Lhevinne，鼓励他以柴可夫斯基第一号钢琴协奏曲参加比赛，在综合了李斯特以降的浪漫乐派体系去迎战正统的俄罗斯学派，果然一战成名。
此张专辑是范‧克莱本演奏事业最巔峰的 1960 与 1961 年，与当时盛名一时的指挥家莱纳与芝加哥交响乐团合作两首钢琴协奏曲，这份录音也是首次出现在 Living Stereo 系列当中，捕捉到当时热烈的气氛，十分难得！
舒曼：A小调钢琴协奏曲 / 贝多芬：第五号皇帝钢琴协奏曲(双层SACD)
莱纳指挥芝加哥交响乐团 / 范‧克莱本：钢琴
Schumann Concerto in A minor /
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ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
1-3 Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
4-6 Piano Concerto No.5 in E-Flat, Op. 73
Performer: Van Cliburn
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Composer: Ludwig von Beethoven, Robert Schumann
Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Original recording remastered
Label:RCA Red Seal – RX-2356
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Review by Celebidache2000 August 4, 2007 (11 of 13 found this review helpful)
I have been deeply impressed with everything that I have heard in the re-mastered Living Stereo SACD series and this recording featuring Van Cliburn performing the Schumann Piano Concerto as well as the Beethoven Emperor Concerto just continues in this tradition of excellence.
There is something freakish about the level of maturity in Van Cliburn's performances of both the Schumann and Beethoven. Judging from the picture on the disc jacket, he can be no older than his early twenties (when these recordings were made), yet he plays with the profundity and perfection of someone far older, of someone who has spent a lifetime performing these pieces.
I have the sneaking suspicion that Van Cliburn is one of those rare people who lives life in reverse or perhaps he is channeling the knowledge, wisdom and experience of a previous existence…whatever the case he always seems to play with profound wisdom and insight and beauty (particularly in the recordings made at the beginning of his concert career).
Fritz Reiner supports Van Cliburn with nobility and the kind of wisdom that has indeed come from a lifetime of experience. These recordings are full of details that other teams (of performers and engineers) simply gloss over.
I rate this recording of the Schumann Piano Concerto in my top two of any that I have heard. Similarly, this recording of the Emperor Concerto now vaults to the top of those in my collection.
The recordings are simply superb, as are all the recordings in the re-mastered Living Stereo SACD series. The Soundmirror team are giving us the master tapes pure and unadulterated at the highest level of fidelity that they have seen since the recordings took place. I can only thank everyone involved (in the production of the recordings). Thank you.
By C. Wynn
It's getting difficult reviewing the Living Stereo SACD series, because I ran out of superlatives long ago.
You simply can't go wrong with any of them. They are all masterpiece recordings, cherry-picked and beautifully, lovingly restored. The sonics are simply the best that current technology can achieve.
Every time I listen to one of the Living Stereo SACD's, I feel like I have stepped into a time machine and been transported to a legendary concert 40 or 50 years ago.
Listening to this disc of Van Cliburn and Fritz Reiner performing Schumann's Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, I feel like the time machine has dropped me off at the concert venue (50 years ago) so remarkable is the sense of freshness and vitality in the recording.
The artistic interpretations are timeless (and have rarely been equalled), the sonics superb...I just can praise this recording and this SACD series highly enough.
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto • Van Cliburn (pn); Fritz Reiner, cond; Chicago SO • TESTAMENT SBT2 1460 (2 CDs: 82:31) Live: Chicago 4/60
It is possible that at least one generation has grown up merely associating the name “Van Cliburn” with some piano competition in Fort Worth. Although most of his recordings are still available, this Testament set provides a welcome reminder of the phenomenon that they missed. These, it Read more ipso facto , superior to studio recordings, in this case I would say that, however subtle the differences may be, these performances are at least as good as what came out on RCA Victor. In the case of the Brahms, the performance has a weight, grandeur, and relaxed power even beyond the excellent RCA effort. Maybe this merely boils down to the orchestra having a closer presence and the pace being a shade slower. From the beautiful opening horn solo (Philip Farkas?), one almost senses that this performance is going to be something special, and I think it is. Cliburn’s sensitivity and technical chops are a pleasure to hear, and Reiner is with him all the way. If you are an admirer of the conductor’s earlier, fleeter recording with a fiery Emil Gilels at the keyboard, the Cliburn/Reiner way with music may seem too slow. I happen to like both performances quite a lot; then, again, I could (and do) live with many excellent recordings of the piece, including the RCA Cliburn/Reiner, Gilels/Reiner, Uninsky/Otterloo, Anda/Fricsay, Horowitz/Toscanini, Curzon/Knappertsbusch, and both Serkin/Ormandys, and this doesn’t exhaust the list of those I could live with.
Here, economics intrudes upon aesthetics. Because Testament has coupled the Brahms with a live performance of the Schumann Concerto that couldn’t be squeezed onto the same CD (the original and, to me, inappropriate coupling on RCA was the MacDowell Concerto No. 2), they have included the Schumann on a second CD, and this is no twofer—it’s a two-CD set. The studio Cliburn/Reiner Brahms has now been recoupled on a budget CD with some of Brahms’s solo piano music. It costs less than half of what this Testament set costs. Interestingly, the MacDowell has been shuffled over to a Gold Seal CD and coupled with Cliburn’s Schumann Concerto. The Schumann was also coupled on an SACD with the Cliburn/Reiner Beethoven Fifth Concerto … choices, choices!
I loved the Cliburn LP but never purchased the recording on CD because I had more than enough recordings of the Schumann Concerto. My restraint has been rewarded: In the Schumann, it seems to me that, once again, the live performance has just a slight edge over the excellent studio recording. When I hear a performance of this piece, I do not like to think that the soloist is trying to impress me with his or her brilliance, and in both cases, what emerges from the CD is a clean, relaxed Schumann Concerto that impresses me with its unpretentious warmth, not its technical flash. Unfortunately, Cliburn seems to have burned out, apparently unwilling or unable to cope with the aggravations and frustrations of an international virtuoso’s career; but for a while there, he was the real thing—a big romantic virtuoso with taste. I think Bryce Morrison’s annotations are thorough and interesting, even though I believe he oversells the differences between the studio recordings and the live ones.
Composed By – Beethoven* (tracks: A1 to A3), Schumann* (tracks: B1 to B3)
Conductor – Fritz Reiner
Orchestra – Chicago Symphony Orchestra*
Piano – Van Cliburn
Recorded in 1960 and 1961.
Recorded at Orchestra Hall, Chicago.
Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn, Jr., (/ˈklaɪbɜrn/; July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013) was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 at the age of 23, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War.
Frederick Martin “Fritz” Reiner (December 19, 1888 – November 15, 1963) was a prominent conductor of opera and symphonic music in the twentieth century. Hungarian born and trained, he emigrated to the United States in 1922, where he rose to prominence as a conductor with several orchestras. He reached the pinnacle of his career while music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 In E-Flat, Op. 73 "Emperor"
2. Adagio Un Poco Mosso
3. Rondo: Allegro
Robert Schumann - Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 54
4. Allegro Affettuoso
5. Intermezzo: Andantino Grazioso
6. Allegro Vivace