Presenter: André Watts (“Live”) / John Giordano (Documentary)
Conductor: Leon Fleisher
What happened: The Russians boycott the competition, so American pianists make up five of the six finalists. Never again.
Who won: ANDRÉ MICHEL SCHUB (USA)
Also ran: Panayis Lyras (USA), Santiago Rodriguez (USA), Jeffrey Kahane (USA), Christopher O’Riley (USA), Daming Zhu (China), Barry Douglas (Ireland), Kathryn Selby (Australia).
The programme combines a “live” telecast of the prize-giving ceremony with a documentary of the competition delivered in three parts. Ends with a short solo recital by André Michel Schub.
1. “Behind the soft spoken exterior does in fact lurk a maniacal competitor,” Jeffrey Kahane describes himself.
1. “I always call my wife after I play. She’s always dying. She’s always sitting by the telephone telling me she couldn’t sleep or eat, which is not true. She eats very well and sleeps very well,” Santiago Rodriguez again.
John Giordano says: "For those who were not selected, remember this is a subjective decision by eleven fallible people.”
1. Santiago Rodriguez in conversation and at work (the ending to Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, for example), surely the most dramatic of all pianists. Just look at the intensity in his eyes.
2. André Michel Schub’s sweaty final recital of Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau and two Liszt Paganini Etudes.
1. The six finalists trying on Texas ten-gallon hats with the help of Van Cliburn himself. Finally some woman says, “Can we have something convincing pleeeeeease?”
Aftermath: Barry Douglas, conferred a Jury Discretionary award, will return in 4 years, and the rest is history.