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Monday, August 27, 2012

The Original "Van the Man"

A few years before Van Morrison reached these shores the most famous musician "Van" in the U.S. was Mr. Cliburn, the young classicial pianist who in the late 1950s and early 1960s captivated audiences live and via black and white TV here and then became the rage of the Soviet Union, easing Cold War tensions at least a little.  He came to live a quiet life, mainly in Texas, although the piano competition named after him remains high profile.  Now it's reported that he has advanced bone cancer.  Here is one of my favorite performances of a favorite work (from Moscow, no less):

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