“Though his rivals at the competition were well trained, there was something different about Van’s art. For many in the audience it represented the face of freedom. Performing under the auspices of a repressive regime and before an intimidating jury of some of the world’s greatest musicians, he seemed to answer to no authority other than the shifting tides of his own soul. The mere act of hearing him became liberating. When”


Stuart Isacoff, When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph, and Its Aftermath
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