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Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Concertos; Paganini Rhapsody / Valentina Lisitsa, piano

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Very much an artist of the twenty-first century, Ukranian-born Lisitsa secured a vast global audience purely through social media. She quickly became one of the most viewed pianists on YouTube with over fifty million visitors to her videos.

Lisitsa made her Decca debut with Live at the Royal Albert Hall, released in July 2012 on CD and DVD. The live streaming of the recital attracted an incredible 100,000 views within a week.

Signed to Decca Classics in the spring of 2012, Lisitsa has recorded all four Rachmaninov piano concertos and the Paganini Rhapsody with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Francis.

In October 2012, Piano Concerto No. 2 was exclusively released as a digital EP, a release which met with considerable success and reached #5 in the iTunes UK Classical Chart, #9 at the iTunes Classical Chart in the US. This was followed by digital EP releases of the individual Concertos No. 3, No. 4 and Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini in subsequent month, prior to the release of the complete set.

Lisitsa describes the recording as "arguably the most ambitious piano-orchestra project a pianist can undertake in a lifetime. The sheer variety of emotions and styles touched upon in encyclopedic.

The Daily Telegraph
It soon became clear Lisitsa is a serious artist. She'd chosen a hugely taxing program, book-ended with two Liszt showpieces. She played these with urgent intensity and a feeling for their sudden moments of pathos, which lifted them out of their showpiece status.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2013
I marvelled at the unsentimental fluidity and togetherness with her orchestral colleagues. This is...an impressive CD showcasing for the LSO's ex-double-bass player, now successful conductor, Michael Francis...Lisitsa follows Rachmaninov the pianist's brisk cue, but she doesn't rush.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
How is the orchestra? Thoroughly professional, of course. Conductor and pianist were in touch. Listening to the playing and the conducting, it is clear that she dominated the proceedings. Welcome to the new world of recordings! It is hard to believe how fast these were done.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Valentina Lisitsa (piano).

Recording information: Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios, London (2009-09-12_2009-09-13&2009-).



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>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Francis
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios, London (09/12/2009-09/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1890-1891

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Francis
  • Notes: Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios, London (12/05/2009-12/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Francis
  • Notes: Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios, London (09/12/2009-09/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Francis
  • Notes: Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios, London (12/05/2009-12/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1926

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Francis
  • Running Time: 17 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934