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Valentina Lisitsa: Live at the Royal Albert Hall


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  • Actors: Valentina Lisitsa
  • Directors: Valentina Lisitsa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008B11S1A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Included is her live performance.

Customer Reviews

The video and sound quality are excellent.
Matt
Her love for great piano compositions arises naturally from their power to lift us into higher realms where the soul soars alongside Beauty and Truth.
44
It is simply amazing and breathtaking to she her play.
R. Olsavicky

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By 44 on June 26, 2012
Format: DVD
Valentina's viral online videos have tens of millions of views. I can understand that. Watching her play lifts my soul.

I remember when Valentina live streamed several 14-hour practice sessions. It was fascinating: a world-class artist busily honing her musicianship as legions of fans gazed in rapt attention. It was great to witness her preparation.

This Royal Albert Hall Concert, presented now on DVD, was also available online through live streaming. It is difficult to remember the last time any concert gave me so much pleasure and insight, and sent my soul soaring to such heights of joy. So many beloved piano pieces, so magnificently performed! Valentina has scaled the heights of technique, knocking off 'impossible' Liszt pieces like a stroll in the park. She melds with the piano with such assured ease that she can milk every piece for musical content and subtlety, reminding us of the great Hoffman, who also loved to play each piece a little differently every time, tapping deeply into the inexhaustible potential of a great composition, perpetually finding fresh ideas and magnificent new interpretations.

Yes, comparisons with Hoffman are appropriate, because the performances of Valentina manifestly belong in the same category with great interpretations from the golden age. I never feel inclined to compare her playing to that of current pianists, because I am so busy measuring her powers against those of Cortot, Backhaus, Rachmaninoff, Dichter, Horowitz, Cziffra, Arrau, or Lipatti. Valentina has that level of power and originality, not only in standard repertoire, but also in revitalizing forgotten gems with imaginative and often blazing interpretations.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Virginia music lover on July 3, 2012
Format: DVD
Valentina is perhaps the most interesting living pianist. I purposely avoided saying "greatest" because at this high a level of artistry it does not seem right to implicitly denigrate other pianists such as a Kissin, Hamelin, Li, etc. She ranks in the very pinnacle of great pianists today, surely. I have heard her in live performance (playing the Albert Hall concert a week prior in Virginia), and have watched numerous recordings of hers. Technically, she gets as close to perfection as a human can get, probably because of her demanding practice schedule.

An excerpt from the London Telegraph review: "Her essential attribute is a fevered urgency, an almost desperate desire to suck the expressive marrow from a piece. Joined to her iron-clad technique (Lisitsa is no wunderkind - she's now 39, and has been practising hard since she was three), this often engendered a huge emotional charge, as in Liszt's arrangement of Schubert's Erlkonig. At the other end of the scale, the middle movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata was beautifully remote and poised, as if made from porcelain." I agree with this assessment. Valentina does not merely play a piece. She tries to understand the emotional content of a piece. (I would add that a piece without emotional content is not worth listening to.)

Sadly, I cannot find the program notes which she wrote for the concert. In each note, she carefully explained why she thought each piece should be played the way she chose to play it. Unlike someone who goes through a score superficially, though carefully observing all the markings, she is trying to understand why the printed notes are there.

Her closing piece in the full program, Liszt's Totentanz, is a perfect example of her prowess.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry J. James on December 22, 2013
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I am not going to discuss Ms. Lisitsa's performance because you either know what she is capable of, or you don't. However, after viewing all of the clips of her on Youtube, and owning a number of her studio recorded DVDs, I feel that this live recording from the Royal Albert Hall in London is a true revelation. As I have no musical training or expertise, I can only give my opinion that this may truly be the highest quality recording of a piano recital that I have ever heard. Whether this is due to the expertise of the sound engineer, the acoustics of the hall, the preparation of the Bosendorfer Imperial Concert Grand - or a combination of all three - I do not know. The quality of the recording may reveal the odd wrong note here and there, but that is not surprising in over 100 minutes of highly technical and heartfelt playing from memory. In any case, how much better to listen to this than someone who may be 100% perfect, and has no feeling for the works being performed.
The camera work, when it is following Ms. Lisitsa in close-up, is fantastic. Unfortunately, the video director must have felt that the viewer might get bored with seeing the pianist for too long periods at a time, and decided to show us in great detail (and far too often) one of the brass chandelier light fixtures at the rear of the hall. Occasional interior views of this Victorian masterpiece are appreciated and are wonderful to behold. Unfortunately, we are treated to these more often than is really necessary, or even desired.
As I said in another DVD review of Ms. Lisitsa playing, this latest recording has made me even more anxious that she should start recording some of the great concerti, hopefully with a quality orchestra/conductor, sound engineer and at the same venue.
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