Classics of the Phonograph

Winners of the Van Cliburn Award

Van Cliburn sitting at the piano

Van Cliburn Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Winning an international competition is a boost up for an instrumentalist, but it cannot guarantee an outstanding career. The winner of the second Van Cliburn Competition in 1966 was Rumanian Radu Lupu, who has gone on to make outstanding recordings of Schubert Sonatas, in a somewhat unconventional career. Irishman Barry Douglas in 1985 only earned a third place bronze medal, but went later on to earn higher honors.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear recordings by these two artists.