Van Cliburn's electrifying technique and frasing, combined by a riveting reading of Kondrashin, turn this one in to the gold standard of Tchaikovsky's piano concerto. The finale with the octaves is done in such an astonishing way that it seems even easy to perform. Yet, instead of blowing this part by doing it to quickly, Cliburn puts a joy and enthusiasm like I never heard before. The Rachmaninov was ok, that's why I only rated the CD with 4 stars. Had it had only the Tchaikovsky's concerto, I would have rated it with 6 stars!