This review is from: Valentina Lisitsa: Piano Recital, Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann, Thalberg (Audio CD)
I've watched a few of Valentina's u-tube performances over the years but this is the first disc of hers that i have owned. This is a situation I plan to rectify very shortly, based on my experiences of hearing this recording!
The Appassionata performance is very driven, with some very good, clear articulation and the tempo is just right. The middle movement is lovely and the entrance into the final movement makes you jump!
Schumann's Kinderscenen show a different side to her playing - meditative, peaceful and lovely. The faster pieces are very clearly played with the interplay between the hands extremely well done.
Thalberg's Fantasy on Rossini's Barber of Saville is not often heard and I am most grateful that it has been recorded here. The runs in thirds (especially towards the end) and incredible and everything is clear with no smudging anywhere.
Lastly is Liszt's Totentanz. This is a phenomenal piece and Ms Lisitsa plays it wonderfully. One word to those who are familiar with this solo piano version of the piece - the ending which Liszt wrote is in bare octaves and slightly shorter than the well known orchestral and piano version but here, Ms Lisitsa transcribes the ending found in the orchestral and piano version for solo piano. The effect is somewhat disconcerting on first listen but the ending does work very well.
The recording is clear and the notes are good. I look forward to hearing more of Ms Lisitsa's Liszt...