Live at the Royal Albert Hall

 
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BEETHOVEN / RACHMANINOV / CHOPIN / LISZT
Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Valentina Lisitsa (piano)

[ Decca Music Group / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 26 July 2012

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"This recital disc of short piano pops proves Lisitsa's technical skill rather than the potential depth or reach of her musicality. She opens, in reckless mood, with Rachmaninov's Prelude in G Minor, then settles into an elegant Für Elise" Observer 9th July 2012

"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 Independent, 7th July 2012 ****

"This recital disc of short piano pops proves Lisitsa's technical skill rather than the potential depth or reach of her musicality. She opens, in reckless mood, with Rachmaninov's Prelude in G Minor, then settles into an elegant Für Elise" The Observer, 9th July 2012

"genuine gifts for lyricism and dazzling display...those musical gifts quickly hit the ears on this closely recorded CD.... Track three is Liszt's La campanella, intelligently shaped, its bell sounds glittering as rarely before...Lisitsa tends to play with the lights fully on, with not enough shading in the wide expanse between loud and quiet. This gets rather tiring...But at the moment there is only one Valentina Lisitsa." The Times, 13th July 2012 ***

The vibrant Valentina Lisitsa, a stunning virtuosic pianist, has become the first classical musician to achieve fame via YouTube, emulating Justin Bieber's achievement in the pop world. Having amassed an impressive 43 million views on her channel, Valentina was then in the unique position of going straight to one of the world's leading concert venues for her central London debut...

A fantastic feat considering this staggering musician had previously only given a solo concert in a village church in Perivale. To her surprise it was overflowing with fans she had gathered online, so she took the next brave step and approached one of the UK's biggest concert halls for her major unveiling to the greater public at large. Impressed by her YouTube success and in an unprecedented step, the Royal Albert Hall welcomed the young musician to perform there.

Tracks:

1. No. 5 in G Minor [Rachmaninov: 10 Preludes, Op. 23]
2. Bagatelle in A Minor, Woo 59 -- "Für Elise" [Beethoven: ]
3. No. 3 in G Sharp Minor ("La Campanella") [Liszt: Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141]
4. No. 5 in G Major [Rachmaninov: 13 Préludes Op. 32]
5. No. 2 in B Flat Major [Chopin: 3 Nocturnes Op. 9]
6. 1 Poème in F Sharp [Scriabin: 2 Poèmes, Op. 32]
7. 2 Poème in D [Scriabin: 2 Poèmes, Op. 32]
8. No. 12 in G Sharp Minor: Allegro [Rachmaninov: 13 Préludes Op. 32]
9. 1 Adagio Sostenuto [Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 -- "Moonlight"]
10. 2 Allegretto [Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 -- "Moonlight"]
11. 3 Presto Agitato [Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 -- "Moonlight"]
12. No. 10 in B Minor: Lento [Rachmaninov: 13 Préludes Op. 32]
13. Nocturne No. 13 in C Minor, Op. 48 No. 1 [Chopin: ]
14. No. 3 in D Flat "Un Sospiro" (Allegro Affettuoso) [Liszt: 3 Etudes De Concert, S. 144]
15. No. 3 in F Sharp Minor [Scriabin: 8 Etudes, Op. 42]
16. Liebestraum No. 3 in A Flat, S. 541 [Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3 in A Flat, S. 541 No. 3]
17. No. 6 in A Minor [Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39]
18. Nocturne No. 8 in D Flat, Op. 27 No. 2 [Chopin: ]

Watch this incredible musician in action (via YouTube).