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Van Cliburn Record Goes Gold

Dec. 27, 1961 - Van Cliburn’s recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 has become the first classical long-playing album to achieve a sale of 1 million copies. The pianist has been presented with the millionth pressing, a gold record, by R.C.A. Victor, which issued the album. Mr. Cliburn won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in April, 1958, and then became the first musician to receive a ticker-tape parade in New York City (pictured). He recorded the concerto with the R.C.A. Symphony Orchestra, under the Soviet conductor Kiril Kondrashin in Carnegie Hall on May 30, 1958.

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