When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburns Cold War Triumph and Its Aftermath, Stuart Isacoff
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When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburns Cold War Triumph and Its Aftermath

Author: Stuart Isacoff

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki

Unabridged: 7 hr 59 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 04/18/2017

Genre: Music - History & Criticism

Synopsis

April of 1958the Iron Curtain was at its heaviest, and the outcome of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition seemed preordained. Nonetheless, as star musicians from across the globe descended on Moscow, an unlikely favorite emerged: Van Cliburn, a polite, lanky Texan whose passionate virtuosity captured the Russian spirit. This is the story of what unfolded that springfor Cliburn and the other competitors, jurors, party officials, and citizens of the world who were touched by the outcome. It is a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most remarkable events in musical history, filled with political intrigue and personal struggle as artists strove for self-expression and governments jockeyed for prestige. And, at the core of it all: the value of artistic achievement, the supremacy of the heart, and the transcendent freedom that can be found, through music, even in the darkest moments of human history.

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