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"Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, died Wednesday after a fight with bone cancer. He was 78."

:'(  He was magnificent.  He won that competition before I was born, but my parents listened to him all the time.  Thank goodness his genius will remain available to us forever.
 

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I was just a kid when he won that, but I remember what an incredibly talented pianist he was. I didn't realize that he had passed away until I read your post. R.I.P. van Cliburn.
 

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My Dad had a recording studio in New York and also did concert sound work.  I remember the night we worked with Van Cliburn.  Very nice, down to earth fellow...after the concert, he and my Dad sat in the back of our Sound Truck and drank a couple of beers chatting about traveling.

The Classical Music world has lost a great talent.
 

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