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Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 'Appassionata'; Schumann: Kinderszenen; Thalberg: Grande fantaisie sur des motifs; Liszt: Totentanz


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  • Composer: Beethoven, Schumann, Thalberg, Liszt
  • Audio CD (January 29, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B003VC5216
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.

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It is big, impressive and, in a feat that likely neither Liszt not Thalberg would have managed, dispatched by Lisitsa-the-powerhouse without a single wrong note. --Musical Toronto, John Terauds

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I love Melodic Classical Piano music and this is great.
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Lisitsa's performance is clearly the equal of any of those and she brings her own unique dramatic and poetic sense to the process.
J Scott Morrison
One can almost see the angel of death harvesting humanity!
Amos Burch

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amos Burch on December 4, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I don't know a lot of the appropriate reviewer's language, but I am a serious music lover. This girl's got some chops. One of the classical world's rising stars, Valentina will not disappoint you! The final track, Liszt's Totentanz, is what interested me. I own three other recordings of this fearsome and macabre masterpiece, and none of them come closer to what I perceive as the Lisztonian ideal than this by Valentina Lisitsa. She turns the keyboard into something truly frightening! One can almost see the angel of death harvesting humanity! It is awe inspiring.
A marvelous album, also including a fine performance of Beethoven's 'Appassionata ' sonata, Schumann's 'Songs of Childhood', and Thalberg's fantastically virtuosic Grand Fantasy on the Motifs of The Barber of Seville.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I'd only vaguely heard of Valentina Lisitsa before I got this disc. But I will certainly be hearing her name (and her playing) again and again in the future. This, my friends, is the real deal. She brings something unique to each of the (very different) works played here, something that I've now listened to multiple times with increasing awe and appreciation.

Her 'Appassionata' is just that, impassioned. As I listened to the alternately tender and galvanic playing in this most familiar of Beethoven's sonatas I became aware that Lisitsa is a complete pianist, a complete artist. She gets deep into the keys for the bold, dramatic or solemn bits and yet has a fairy-light touch in the virtuosic spots. This is as satisfying an Appassionata as I've heard in years. My experience of this sonata goes back to my teens, more than sixty years ago, when I heard Rubinstein's recording (and begged my piano teacher to let me learn the sonata), all the way through Schnabel, Horowitz, Brendel, Serkin, Perahia, Arrau, Craig Sheppard, Louis Lortie and on and on. Lisitsa's performance is clearly the equal of any of those and she brings her own unique dramatic and poetic sense to the process.

Schumann's 'Kinderszenen' is often thought to require only moderately advanced technique, but that is clearly an underestimation of the works' difficulties, both technical and musical. Lisitsa's 'Träumerei' ranks with Horowitz's, and I've simply never heard as stunning a rendition of 'An Important Event' before now.

Thalberg was a virtuoso pianist, a rival of Liszt's, who made his career mostly playing his own rather lightweight virtuoso pieces. Only a few of his works deserve more than an occasional hearing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2013
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On this album Valentina Lisitsa once again shows she is worth the hype, if there were any doubt following her triumphant Rachmaninoff releases of last year. These performances are actually from May 2008, although they are suddenly getting a "new release" treatment from Naxos in January 2013 despite a 2010 initial release date.

These are spectacular performances, and I have to agree with the previous reviewer that her rendition of Liszt's "Totentanz" -- fierce but also bright in turns -- is the highlight of the set. This version for solo piano, a reduction of Liszt's original version for piano and orchestra, is really something else. This audio recording is highly recommended, but also note this actual performance was also recorded on video and can be seen in its entirety on YouTube, as well as on Lisitsa's "Live at the Royal Albert Hall" DVD.

Beethoven's "Appassionada" sonata is delivered in a performance that lives up to its name. Thalberg's Fantasy on The Barber of Seville was a surprise for me -- a great piano showpiece recapitulating themes from Rossini's opera without getting bogged down in the famous bits. Schumann's "Kinderszenen", a relatively simple set of pieces compared to the other material on the album, is delivered with simplicity and tenderness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wave Wolf on September 21, 2013
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Valentina Lisitsa has shared her music so generously on YouTube. I bought this CD so I can listen without interruption anywhere, and will enjoy repeated listenings. One of the greatest pianists ever, I think--powerful technique and musical expression.
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