When the World Stopped to Listen

  • by Stuart Isacoff, Claire Bloom - director
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

April of 1958 - the Iron Curtain was at its heaviest, and the outcome of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition seemed preordained. Nonetheless, as star musicians from across the globe descended on Moscow, an unlikely favorite emerged: Van Cliburn, a polite, lanky Texan whose passionate virtuosity captured the Russian spirit.
This is the story of what unfolded that spring - for Cliburn and the other competitors, jurors, party officials, and citizens of the world who were touched by the outcome. It is a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most remarkable events in musical history, filled with political intrigue and personal struggle as artists strove for self-expression and governments jockeyed for prestige. And, at the core of it all: the value of artistic achievement, the supremacy of the heart, and the transcendent freedom that can be found, through music, even in the darkest moments of human history.

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Inspirational biography of Van Cliburn

I am not a musician, nor a classical music devotee; I remembered the name of Van Cliburn, and am glad I read this book.
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- James Carl Barsz, MD

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.