VALENTINA LISITSA plays Liszt 4785352
On evidence here, Lisitsa has formidable technical chops, with playing distinguished by quick tempos that hew close to Rachmaninov's own, exceptional clarity of texture, and razor-sharp rhythm and attacks (along with a penchant for full-bodied, Horowitz-style chords). These qualities come forth most strongly in Concerto No. 3, where the pianist's accuracy and detail at such high speeds [impresses] . . . in No. 4 Lisitsa's focus and drive does lend shape and clarity, making the music sound less discursive than usual. Concerto No. 2 comes off best, as Lisitsa exhibits genuine feeling and tenderness in the enchanting Andante second movement. Conductor Michael Francis at last makes his presence known in this work, pointing up Rachmaninov's gorgeous orchestral colors and dynamic shadings.
. . . a warm, engaging and admirable disc of Liszt's florid, self-indulgent transcriptions. The Schubert song treatments are lovely . . . She does have a good vision . . . for this music. Bravo to her for "El contrabandista" . . . and for "Erlkoenig" . . .