No, it's not Van Morrison in his "Gloria" days, but Van Cliburn, and there's a long and terrific whatever-happened-to piece in The New York Times' Arts &Leisure section today. He was a sensation during my youth and I remember him on Ed Sullivan and elsewhere all the time. And he nearly ended the Cold War singlehandedly (well, he tried). Here's my favorite clip of his, doing the 2nd movement of another "Van," Beethoven's piano concerto no.5 -- in Moscow, of course.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Sunday transcendence: The original 'Van the Man'
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