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Piano Recital: Beethoven: Sonata no 23; Schumann: Kinderszenen; Thalberg: Grande fantaisie, Op. 63; Liszt: Totentanz / Valentina Lisitsa, piano

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Thalberg, Sigismund : Fantasia and Variations on Rosini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," for piano, Op 63
>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz, for piano, S. 525 (LW A62)

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Thalberg, Sigismund : Fantasia and Variations on Rosini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," for piano, Op 63
>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz, for piano, S. 525 (LW A62)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Described by critics as a 'bona fide angel playing' and an 'electrifying pianist', the young Ukrainian-born, North Carolina-based Valentina Lisitsa has been receiving rave reviews ever since her debut in Avery Fisher Hall for the Mostly Mozart Festival. It would be hard to conceive of a more thoroughly Romantic or demanding programme than she presents here: Beethoven's radical 'Appassionata' Sonata, via Schumann's musical expression of an adult's memories of childhood and Thalberg's fantastic transformation of themes from Rossini's most popular opera to Liszt's pianistic danse macabre, inspired by a fresco by the medieval Italian artist Francesco Traini.

Described by critics as a 'bona fide angel playing' and an 'electrifying pianist', the young Ukrainian-born, North Carolina-based Valentina Lisitsa has been receiving rave reviews ever since her début in Avery Fisher Hall for the Mostly Mozart Festival. It would be hard to conceive of a more thoroughly Romantic or demanding programme than she presents here: Beethoven's radical 'Appassionata' Sonata, via Schumann's musical expression of an adult's memories of childhood and Thalberg's fantastic transformation of themes from Rossini's most popular opera to Liszt's pianistic danse macabre, inspired by a fresco by the medieval Italian artist Francesco Traini.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/03/2008-05/04/2008).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/03/2008-05/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1804-1805

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/03/2008-05/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Thalberg, Sigismund : Fantasia and Variations on Rosini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," for piano, Op 63
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/03/2008-05/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz, for piano, S. 525 (LW A62)
  • Performer: Valentina Lisitsa (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/03/2008-05/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1865