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    Van Cliburn - STILL the best

    call me retro, call me reactionary, call me old - i still haven't heard anyone that can play the piano with the expression of van cliburn. his recordings are old, they're grainy, they're low-tech, but once you get past the technical imperfections, the music is just amazing. yes, there are many excellent pianists. i'm also an ashkenazy fan. but there simply has been no one better than van cliburn. want proof? grieg's piano concerto, 2nd movement
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    You're preachin' to the choir. I love Van Cliburn, among others.

    That is all. Carry on.

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    you have excellent taste in men
    'In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, "Make us your slaves, but feed us." '

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    ...although i'm listening to ashkenazy play rachmaninov right now
    'In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, "Make us your slaves, but feed us." '

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    Well, you think that because you have never heard Ethel Brown play "Wildcat On The Sewing Machine."
    Wag more, bark less

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    that's why he won the Tchaikovsky competition in Russia during the cold war and got a ticket tape parade in NYC! He rocks.
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    i heard him play once. he has the longest fingers i've ever seen in my life.
    'In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, "Make us your slaves, but feed us." '

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    I saw a video of him playing in Russia, simply amazing!

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