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In Celebration of the Piano: An All-Star Tribute to the Steinway

100 minutes
M21 .I51 1988

On June 2, 1988, an extraordinary array of outstanding pianists gathered in Carnegie Hall to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the first Steinway, and the 500,000th piano manufactured by that company. Drawing on an enormous range of virtuoso piano music, the 26 pianists demonstrate the versatility and power of the instrument which has held the greatest fascination for composers, performers, and audiences alike. Hosted by Van Cliburn, this unique program reaches its climax with a dazzling performance of Schumann's "Carnaval," in which the 22 movements are divided between 21 different pianists. This had been done only once before - at a 1921 Carnegie Hall benefit concert to aid the ill and pverty-stricken Moritz Moszkowski.

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