Saturday, October 13, 2012

Your Calendar's Not Wrong, It's Valentina's Day

Tales loves to talk about the great composers and their compositions, and the great conductors, like Maestro Lorin Maazel.  Today we feature a brilliant, young virtuoso pianist: Valentina Lisitsa.  On twitter you can follow her  @ValLisitsa.

Valentina Lisitsa was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1973. She started playing the piano at the age of three, performing her first solo recital at the age of four.  She now resides in North Carolina.

From her website:  "Lisitsa is at ease in a vast repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovitch and Bernstein.  Her orchestral repertoire alone includes more than forty concerti.  She admits to having a special affinity for the music of Rachmaninoff and Beethoven."  "With more than 30 million YouTube channel views, Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most watched classical musicians on the web...She has performed in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the August 2011 she made her debut with the Orchestra Sinfonica Brasileira under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel."

While she may be a new name to you, when you see her magnificent virtuosity, I am sure you will want to see and hear more of her piano artistry. When you visit her web site, you will be greeted by the most powerful opening of a web site you have ever seen. Mrs. Lisitsa is seen at the piano performing the exciting 3rd movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.  The opening will grab you as you will blurt out, Wow!  Valentina gives a powerful, flawless definitive interpretation of the presto agitato finale of Beethoven's 'Moonlight'.

Beethoven's Moonlight  piano sonata is unique in that the well known and loved first movement, unlike in most classical pieces, is a slow, soft romantic movement that would usually be reserved for the second movement of a sonata or concerto. Because of this, I will do something unique on this blog. I will give you first Valentina Lisitsa's performance of movement #3 of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata [what you hear when you first enter her blog]. Then I will give you Valentina's moving interpretation of the 1st movement of the Moonlight.

Today Tales congratulates Valentina Lisitsa for all the work it took to perform at this level of virtuosity.
Bravo, Valentina Lisitsa!

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 In C-Sharp minor, "The Moonlight", movement #3, presto agitato; Valentina Lisitsa-Piano:

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 in C-Sharp minor, "The Moonlight", movement #1, Adagio sostenuto; Valentina Lisitsa-Piano:

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