The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, was so named, in honour of the US citizen who won the first Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 1958, which heralded a new era in cultural relations between the Western World and the Eastern Bloc, as well as China.
Jon Nakamatsu, another US citizen, won the 10th Van Cliburn Competition, staged in 1997, the first American to have done so, since 1981. Immediately following his victory, Nakamatsu, was invited to replace the legendary Vladimir Ashkenazy, in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as soloist with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Numerous live and recording work have since ensued.
Four Etudes op.7, by Stravinsky (1908 ; 7:56) :-
1) I Con moto 2) II Allegro brillante 3) III Andantino 4) IV Vivo.
Sonata in C major op.1, by Brahms (30:08) :-
5) I Allegro 6) II Andante - attacca 7) III Scherzo : Allegro molto e con fuoco 8) IV Finale : Allegro con fuoco.
9) Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise in E flat major op.22, by Chopin (14:22).
Nine Bagatelles, by Bolcom (9:54) :-
10) I The Ghost Mazurka 11) II Aimai-je un reve? 12) III Forgotten Prayers 13) IV Cycle de l'univers 14) V La Belle Rouquine 15) VI Pegasus 16) VII This Endernight 17) VIII Recess in Hell 18) IX Circus Galop.
The CD is in EX- condition.