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Live at the Royal Albert Hall [DVD] 
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The Ukrainian classical pianist recorded live in performance at the Royal Albert Hall on June 19th 2012. Lisitsa has taken an unusual and perhaps pioneering route to classical success by establishing an international reputation through the use of social media and video-sharing sights such as YouTube to promote her work. Having gained such a following online some commentators suggested she was one of the most watched classical musicians in the world, Lisitsa was invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer of 2012 and performed pieces by composers including Beethoven and Liszt.
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The Director (Mathew Woodward) of the Valentina Lisitsa DVD released by Decca is clearly more interested in demonstrating his camera teams' expertise than in sympathising with the music and its playing by this very fine artist. Thus we are subjected to views of the player from all the angles his cameras were positioned at, including those from the back of the auditorium from the high level zooming one that hangs over the audience, all very clever Mr Woodward, but without any relevance to the music being played, just there to "impress" those raised on the "Top of the Pops" ethos, who think that tricky camera work/editing is as important as the music/performance itself - well, you clever dicks, it isn't! It's distracting and irritating, as bad as unending background music in films, silly and pointless.
People like you ought to know something about classical music before being allowed to record it, i.e., it doesn't need this sort of insensitive pop-technique to celebrate it, rather it needs someone who knows how best to show off the performer and his/her artistry, such as where and when to show the hands, reveal the most telling facial expression, show the enraptured audience, and so on. Anything less than this doesn't qualify you to be a director of such events - and incidentally, it doesn't say very much for the artistic taste of those who employed you!
Now this DVD gives you pretty much the same unmissable experience.
Throughout her playing the fingerwork remains fluid with an almost limpid wrist action under all pressure. This gives her playing a liquidity that is very marked. The more dramatic moments retain this approach and all sense of barnstorming, percussiveness or even glitter is avoided. Instead what we hear is a sensation of joy with bouncing rhythm emphasising a strong dance element. Significantly her instrument of choice is the more rounded tonal palette of the Bosendorfer piano instead of the more powerful Steinway so beloved of the majority of performers and venues. This works very well with her total approach.
The recital is delivered with minimal interruption for applause and composers merge seamlessly into each other. The opening Mozart Fantasia leads straight into 3 pieces by Liszt followed by Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. The fast last movement of this is lightly played but with consummate technique. The 5 Rachmaninov pieces are played with the sort of inner feeling that only Russians seem to have for this music. The final prelude in g minor is fleet and exhilarating.
The 4 Scriabin items are played with a sensitivity that I found to be unusually illuminating and these flow seamlessly into a set of 3 Chopin Nocturnes making a natural and clear link apparent between the two composers.Read more ›
It is not surprising that she is the most downloaded pianist on You Tube.
I am sure she didnt have to be reminded of the value of learning her scales
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This is an excellent dvd. Valentina Lisitsa's playing is phenominal. This is the nearest I shall get to being at one of her concerts.
A dvd to treasure.
Almost unbelievable virtuosity and interpretation. Most of us are unlikely to see or hear anything to equal this lady's immense skill and talent in our lifetimes.Published 7 months ago by idlerider
Outstanding, this dvd brings you into the Royal Albert Hall, Her Wonderful musicality and the tonal beauty of the Bosendorfer piano, this recording is special.Published 11 months ago by Eric J Coates
Wery good pianist, nice concert from Albert Hall, tehnical perfections and her fingers are so fast that is hard to followPublished on 14 April 2014 by ursalara
Amazing pianist. Loads of Valentina Lisitsa's playing on youtube. And how she came to success just as she was on the point of giving up.Published on 8 Nov. 2013 by .
To see the execution of a new piano player (for me) in those masterpiecesd pieces. It is really a nice DVD.Published on 16 Aug. 2013 by Argemiro Pertence
Good value and a good selection of pieces.
Overall a very enjoyable concert and well organsied DVD. La Campannella finale particularly good.