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Hear Peter Allen's Historic 1958 Broadcast of Van Cliburn from Carnegie Hall
Monday, October 10, 2016 - 10:42 AM
Peter Allen, former voice of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast and former WQXR announcer, passed away in his Manhattan home on Saturday. He was 96.
Allen's broadcasting career in New York began in 1947 at WQXR. He also served as the Met radio host for 29 seasons. As a tribute to his outstanding accomplishments in radio, we have resurfaced his historic WQXR live broadcast of pianist Van Cliburn from Carnegie Hall.
On May 19, 1958, some five weeks after winning the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Cliburn gave a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall.
Joined by the Soviet conductor Kiril Kondrashin and the Symphony of the Air, the performance was billed as Cliburn's American broadcast debut and it featured the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor. As encores, he presented a movement of Rachmaninoff's Etude Tableaux Op. 39 and Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12.
The Symphony of the Air begins the evening with Prokofiev's Classical Symphony.