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So You Want to Play the Piano? by Melanie Spanswick
So You Want to Play the Piano? by Melanie Spanswick
5.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Book, 12 Jun 2013
This little book is superb. It tells you everything you will ever need to know before taking piano lessons. Last week I sent it to friends who have children of the right age for starting to learn to play the piano, and now they will know all the necessary things to think about beforehand. Many people have no idea about poor or unqualified piano teachers and how they can have a really negative impact on learning, nor do they realize that some piano books are better than others, so this guide is really helpful in this respect. It is bound to be useful whether you are a parent, child or 'mature' learner as I once was myself! Do buy it, you won't be disappointed.
Valentina Lisitsa: Piano Recital, Beethoven, Liszt&hellip ~ Ludwig Van Beethoven
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A foregone conclusion, 17 April 2013
Having watched Valentina play these pieces at concerts on more than one occasion I knew I'd be well pleased to have the recordings. Apart from there being a Valentina Youtube vid I'd wanted the Thalberg to complete my wish list. In common with many people I have wanted the recordings besides the videos & concerts.

She's some girl Valentina, playing to people is her thing - she is in her element with an audience and I urge anyone who hasn't seen her live to take the opportunity should it arise - be it at a railway station or concert hall !
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 <a href="">London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Francis and Valentina Lisitsa</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !, 9 Dec 2012
We have it every way - a few of us watched Valentina record this with the LSO at Abbey Road. Before she began, the orchestra were quick to express their anticipation with a cheer, clapping and whistles because they'd already "discovered" this amazing pianist through their Rach #2 recording with her (also recently released). I automatically buy her recordings - they are long awaited. Valentina is taking her rightful place as a major contributor among classical recording artists. I already have the Argerich version of this concerto and now I have Valentina's, only right and proper !