VALENTINA LISITSA Live at the Royal Albert Hall

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VALENTINA LISITSA
Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Int. Release 09 Jul. 2012
1 CD / Download
0289 478 4572 0 CD DDD DH


Track List

Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
10 Preludes, Op.23

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141

Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
13 Préludes op.32

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
3 Nocturnes Op. 9

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
2 Poèmes, Op.32

Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
13 Préludes op.32

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight"

Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
13 Préludes op.32

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
3 Etudes de Concert, S.144

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
8 Etudes, Op.42

Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
Etudes-Tableaux, Op.39

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Valentina Lisitsa

Total Playing Time: 1:10:08

. . . a thrilling mix of Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. There's an energy and excitement about it that only a sensational live recording can deliver.

. . . a guaranteed chart-topper . . . there's an admirable lightness of touch and appreciation of rhythmic flow to her "Für Elise", and her negotiation of Liszt's "Un Sospiro" is captivating . . .

The most natural efforts emanate from Lisitsa's Russian forebears Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Alternately martial and erotic or some alchemy thereof, the preludes and poems project a ravishing palette and sense of interior space. Liszt, too, adds sheer bravura in "La Campanella" and later suave seduction in "Un Sospiro" . . . Her Chopin conveys power and poise and poetry. The three nocturnes urge opposing and complementary elements from Lisitsa, in terms of dynamic and dramatic suppleness of motion and liquid refinement.

. . . Lisitsa often plays beautifully . . . the pianist quickly settles down to a direct and eloquent "Für Elise", followed by a breathtakingly brisk, imaginatively shaded "La campanella". Her brisk, classically contained Chopin Op 9 No 2 and Op 27 No 2 Nocturnes feature lean, singing lines . . . a hundred years of accumulated expressive graffiti is purged from Liszt's potentially saccharine "Un sospiro" and "Liebestraum" No 3 . . . extremely capable Rachmaninov G major and G sharp minor Preludes . . . [Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 14]: The famous "Adagio" flows simply, the finale is quick, clear and stingingly incisive . . .

Lisitsa emerges as a hugely confident and spontaneous performer. There's grace in her turns of phrase and relish in her sense of rhetoric; inner voices are often allowed to shine, and there can be lightness in her touch -- the Rachmaninov G minor Prelude has a delicious bounce to it and Liszt's "Un sospiro" sweeps and glints to the manner born.

Lisitsa ist ein Kommunikationstalent . . . eine hervorragende Pianistin . . . Rasant sausen ihre Finger über die Tasten, sie spielt vollgriffig, virtuos aber auch sensibel . . .

Die ukrainische Pianistin Valentina Lisitsa . . . ist schon zu Lebzeiten zu einem Mythos geworden . . . Lisitsa braucht sich vor ihren längst etablierten Kollegen nicht zu verstecken. Ihr Spiel ist brilliant, voller Leidenschaft und technisch makellos Eigenschaften, die besonders bei sehr virtuosen oder dramatisch angehauchten Stücken zur Geltung kommen . . . ihr Beispiel räumt gründlich mit dem Vorurteil auf, dass klassische Musik heutzutage nur eine gutbetuchte Minderheit interessiert. Schon allein deshalb verdient Lisitsa Respekt. Und ein Sympathieträger ist sie allemal!

About the Album

VALENTINA LISITSA, THE “YOUTUBE PIANIST”, GOES VIRAL, THEN DIGITAL AND NOW GETS PHYSICAL

Valentina Lisitsa, the virtuoso pianist and global internet phenomenon – whose YouTube channel has attracted over 44 million views, making her by far the most watched classical pianist in history – made her much-anticipated solo recital debut before an enraptured audience at London’s 5,000-seater Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 19 June.

Streamed live on YouTube, her two-and-a-half-hour concert of mainly romantic repertoire – chosen by her loyal fans themselves in an online poll – received an incredible 74,329 views during its initial live screening and subsequent extended availability as a YouTube Video On Demand, while some 6,000 comments have been posted on her YouTube channel to date. In response to such huge demand, the live video of the concert will now be re-posted for a limited-period “encore” showing on YouTube this weekend.

Recorded live at the concert and already rush-released as a digital album available on iTunes in the new high-resolution “Mastered for iTunes” format, Decca’s Valentina Lisitsa: Live at the Royal Albert Hall has been released as a physical CD on Monday 9 July, with a DVD of the concert following on Monday 30 July (already available for pre-order at Amazon).

After the concert itself, The Telegraph’s chief music critic Ivan Hewett enthused: “Lisitsa is a serious artist … Her essential attribute is a fevered urgency, an almost desperate desire to suck the expressive marrow from a piece. Joined to her iron-clad technique (Lisitsa is no wunderkind – she’s now 39, and has been practising hard since she was three), this often engendered a huge emotional charge … At the other end of the scale, the middle movement of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata was beautifully remote and poised, as if made from porcelain.”