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Virtuoso performance again
on 21 January 2013
I first came upon this rhapsody as a teenager when I bought my first classical LP - it was on the "B" side vs Grieg's Piano Concerto, played by Arthur Rubenstein and on the RCA Red Label brand. It rapidly became one of my favourite pieces to listen to and has remained so ever since. Valentina's version is brighter and lighter, but also extremely fluid - I think this is a fantastic addition to the many recordings issued previously and I highly recommend it! Ms Lisitsa is certainly proving to be a major force in the realm of classical pianism and I hope we can hear many more examples of her brilliance over the years - I also hope that it won't take as long as the 3 years which passed between the physical recording of the Rhapsody and Concerti and their release to the public.
Note to HarveysMaster:- While Valentina certainly appears to prefer the Bosendorfer Imperial for her solo performances, if you look on Youtube for interviews with her and others on her Rachmaninov Project, in this instance she played a very fine 17 year old Steinway from Hamburg.