Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:52 AM
Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:50 PM
[font=arial]"I appreciate more than you will ever know that you are honoring me, but the thing that thrills me the most is that you are honoring classical music," Cliburn said. "Because I'm only one of many. I'm only a witness and a messenger. Because I believe so much in the beauty, the construction, the architecture invisible, the importance for all generations, for young people to come that it will help their minds, develop their attitudes and give them values. That is why I'm so grateful that you have honored me in that spirit."[/font]
May God bless you, Mr. Cliburn, you gave the world such beauty!
Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:28 PM
In particular, his romantic concerti recordings are often amongst the best versions out there (e.g. Rach 3).
Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:08 PM
Despite the criticism, Mr. Cliburn tried to expand his repertory, playing concertos by MacDowell and Prokofiev and solo works by Samuel Barber (the demanding Piano Sonata), Chopin, Brahms, Beethoven and Liszt. But the artistic growth and maturity that were expected of him never fully came. Even as a personality, Mr. Cliburn began to seem out of step. In the late 1950s this baby-faced, teetotaling, churchgoing, wholesome Texan had fit the times. But to young Americans of the late 1960s he seemed a strained, stiff representative of the demonized establishment.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:37 PM
... to young Americans of the late 1960s he seemed a strained, stiff representative of the demonized establishment.
To the extent that that was true, that was their problem. You go to the art, you don't corrupt it to suit the fashions of the day, or you deprive yourself of that experience. "Fashions come and go, but a thing of beauty is a joy forever." Cliburn took us to the worlds of the pieces he played. His unfailingly beautiful tone was always in modest service of what he played, and consequently in service to the listener who had learned to hear.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 12:07 PM
His unfailingly beautiful tone was always in modest service of what he played,.......
Very nicely put, thank you.
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