Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Ave Maria, transcription for piano (after Schubert), S. 558/12 (LW A42/12)
>Liszt, Franz : Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436
>Liszt, Franz : Rondeau fantastique sur un theme espagnol (El contrabandista), for piano, S. 252 (LW A33)
>Liszt, Franz : Gute nacht, transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 911/1), S. 561/1 (LW A50/1)
>Liszt, Franz : Madchens Klage, transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 871), S. 563/2 (LW A109/2)
>Liszt, Franz : Erlkonig (II), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 328d), S. 558/4 (LW A42/4)
>Liszt, Franz : Der Muller und der Bach (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 2
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Valentina Lisitsa records Liszt's most technically challenging work, the "unplayable" La Contrabandista, conceived by Liszt as a spectacular recital encore. Seldom recorded, this work is a true virtuosic challenge for any pianist. Performed with Valentina's legendary fiery aplomb, this is an imaginative program, embracing some of Liszt's celebrated transcriptions of music by Schubert and Verdi. Not afraid of taking risks, Valentina recorded direct to analogue tape, transferred without edits for a special edition LP product and simultaneously recorded in high-resolution 24-bit digital format.

Valentina is the first "YouTube star" of classical music to have converted her online success into a global concert career in the principal venues of Europe, the USA, South America and Asia. The number of views of her YouTube channel has now topped an astonishing 60 million, and her legion of loyal and adoring fans continues to grow. A pianist who lives in the moment and on the edge. Her debut Decca album Live at the Royal Albert Hall received fantastic coverage and reviews, and was live-streamed in HD on YouTube. Similar Artists: Yuja Wang, Benjamin Grosvenor.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
One could hardly guess from the demure pose struck by Decca's photogenic soloist for her CD's booklet that she can make a piano roar and thunder in the way she does in Liszt's B minor Ballade...Confirmation of Lisitsa's iron-clad technique comes in [El contrabandista]...Lisitsa is able to exploit its superficial dazzle to the full.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
Besires her power and remarkable accuracy, she conjures a Lisztian sparkle and crystalline clarity that sound exactly right. In the transcriptions she finds beautiful colours and line (you won't hear Schubert's Der Muller und der Bach played with more poignancy)...The downside is her use of the sustaining pedal.

Classic FM
An impressive Romantic showcase from the YouTube sensation pianist... Valentina Lisitsa proves it's not just Rachmaninov who should be taken seriously.

Classical Reviewer
... An impressive Romantic showcase from the YouTube sensation pianist... Valentina Lisitsa proves it's not just Rachmaninov who should be taken seriously.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beethovensaal, Hanover, Germany (12/05/2011-12/06/2011).



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Ave Maria, transcription for piano (after Schubert), S. 558/12 (LW A42/12)
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hanover, Germany (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837-1838

>Liszt, Franz : Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hanover, Germany (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436 :: Danza sacra e duetto finale, transcription for piano (after Verdi), S. 436 (LW A276)
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hanover, Germany (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Liszt, Franz : Rondeau fantastique sur un thème espagnol (El contrabandista), for piano, S. 252 (LW A33)
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hanover, Germany (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836

>Liszt, Franz : Gute nacht, transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 911/1), S. 561/1 (LW A50/1)
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hanover, Germany (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Liszt, Franz : Mädchens Klage, transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 871), S. 563/2 (LW A109/2)
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hanover, Germany (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Liszt, Franz : Erlkönig (II), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 328d), S. 558/4 (LW A42/4)
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hanover, Germany (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837-1838

>Liszt, Franz : Der Müller und der Bach (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 2
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hanover, Germany (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hanover, Germany (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847