Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 (Van Cliburn 1958 recording)
The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 was the first recording of Van Cliburn in 1958 for RCA Victor. It won Cliburn a Grammy and was the first classical recording to go platinum, that is to sell more than a million copies. The RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Kiril Kondrashin who at Cliburn's request had been allowed to leave Russia.
- I Forgot To Remember To Forget Norman Johnson - 2012 "His first recording, the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto Number One became the first classical recording to go platinum and eventually triple platinum. In 1958 this recording brought him a Grammy. This was followed by a long string of classical hits "
- Lorenzo F. Candelaria, Daniel Kingman American Music: A Panorama 2011 p 268 "Van Cliburn's recording of Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto (on the RCA label) would become the first classical recording to sell more than a million copies, and in 1962 the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, held every four years in ..."