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Sat Jun 9, 2012, 04:48 PM

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, How it should be played

If you've never heard Valentina Lisitsa at the piano, prepare yourself for a breathtaking experience...


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Reply Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, How it should be played (Original post)
Xipe Totec Jun 2012 OP
Xipe Totec Jun 2012 #1
riderinthestorm Jun 2012 #2
Lionel Mandrake Jun 2012 #3
Xipe Totec Jun 2012 #5
riderinthestorm Jun 2012 #7
Xipe Totec Jun 2012 #8
aint_no_life_nowhere Jun 2012 #4
Xipe Totec Jun 2012 #6
Xipe Totec Jun 2012 #9
aint_no_life_nowhere Jun 2012 #10
Lionel Mandrake Jun 2012 #15
Xipe Totec Jun 2012 #17
cliffordu Jun 2012 #19
Lionel Mandrake Jun 2012 #20
Manifestor_of_Light Jun 2012 #11
SwissTony Jun 2012 #12
bluesbassman Jun 2012 #13
guardian Jun 2012 #14
hifiguy Jun 2012 #16
cliffordu Jun 2012 #18

Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 06:43 PM

1. Kicked, based on recommendations

Obviously liked, though not commented.

So, I'm kicking it up for those tuning in late...




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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 07:02 PM

2. Wow! She's amazing. I just forwarded this - really good stuff. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 07:44 PM

3. Magnificent Schmaltz.

That's the right way to play it. She is showing off and having fun, speeding up and slowing way down, playing very soft and very loud, etc. Just what Liszt intended.

You can't tell from this video, but Valentina Lisitsa is gorgeous as well as talented.

She also plays serious music.

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 07:58 PM

5. Her performance at time mark 6:00 is amazing

Her arms seem to tremble over the keyboard....

And yet this wonderful music emanates from that chaos...


Truly amazing.

And the fact that she got there at exactly 6:00 minutes speaks of that casual speeding up and slowing down and yet..., somehow, being at the right place, at the right time for this climax...


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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 12:32 PM

7. I googled her. She's beautiful (looks like my 15 yr old, except mine has deep blue eyes)

Like Gwyneth Paltrow with the super blonde, fair look.

A Sunday am kick!

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 04:05 PM

8. Thanks!

More people need to see this miracle of talent!



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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 07:50 PM

4. Technical virtuosity and soul

She's amazing.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 08:01 PM

6. That's another piece that shows just how much she absolutely kicks ass!... nt

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 04:25 PM

9. And here is another one; El Contrabandista (The Smuggler)

Sometimes called La Campanella on steroids...


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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 09:11 PM

10. My own home piano is looking more and more like a good source of firewood

for my chimney.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:49 PM

15. My piano is not exactly firewood.

My piano is a Kawai, not a Bösendorfer. The Kawai is plenty good enough for me.

It doesn't bother me that Valentina Lisitsa can do what I will never be able to do on the piano.

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Reply #15)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:03 PM

17. She performed live today, at Royal Albert Hall, London

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #17)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:53 PM

19. I'm watching it right now -

Excellent.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #17)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 05:36 PM

20. Classical musicians used to walk silently onto the stage

Last edited Wed Jun 20, 2012, 07:11 PM - Edit history (1)

and start playing. Nowadays they often say a few words about the music before playing it. This time, Valentina Lisitsa spoke more that a few words, mostly about her personal experiences before becoming famous. This was a real treat for me.

What she described as "the real concert" began (at 36:35) with Mozart's Fantasy in C Minor, and continued (at 48:10, after only the briefest of pauses) with Schubert's song "Des Mädchens Klage", as arranged by Liszt for piano solo.

On edit: I finished watching the first half of her recital. It consisted of two more Schubert-Liszt transcriptions:
(at 52:18) "Der Doppelgänger" & (at 56:38) "Erlkönig", followed (at 1:01:40) by Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.

I haven't watched the rest of her recital, but the contents (described in a review) are as follows:
(intermission)
Rachmaninov Etude-Tableau (Op.39, No 6)
Rachmaninov Preludes: G major (Op.32, No.5), G sharp minor (Op 32, No.12), B minor (Op 32, No. 10) & G minor (Op. 23, No. 5)
Scriabin: Two Poemes (Op. 32) & Two Etudes (Op. 42 No. 3 and Op. 65 No.1)
Chopin Nocturnes: C minor (Op 48, No. 1), D flat major (Op 27 No.2) & E flat major (Op 9 No. 2)
Liszt: Totentanz (S.525)
Encores: Schubert: Ave-Maria & Liszt: La Campanella

I'll bet her fingers were tired after all that!

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 01:48 AM

11. My favorite pianist, Alexei Sultanov.

Unfortunately he died at the age of 35 in 2005. He unanimously won the Van Cliburn competition in 1989, when he was 19.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 05:52 PM

12. Absolutely wonderful. Amazing technique.

I thought I'd get onto Amazon and maybe order a CD from Valentina. And that raised another question (OT, BTW)...

If you look at this URL

http://www.amazon.com/Chopin-Recital-Valentina-Lisitsa/dp/B00677JL5K/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1339450975&sr=1-2

you'll see a 2-disk set for $999.99. What the hell is this about?

I've seen this before when something that should be a few bucks cost hundreds or when a new copy is readily available but someone has a used copy for 10 times the price.

OK, rant over.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 06:08 PM

13. Meh, I could play that on a bass.

That is if I had an 88 string bass and four arms.

She's awesome.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 06:21 PM

14. Thank you! n/t

 

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:00 PM

16. I've heard her recordings.

"Stunning" is not too strong a description of her playing. Not by any means.

I have been a bassist for 40 years and am considerably better than most. I saw Stanley Clarke with George Duke last night. I just have to accept that Stanley is a god and I wouldn't be able to do 35% of what he does if I practiced eight hours a day and could manage to live to be 200 years old. It is a humbling experience to see genuine artistic greatness up close.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:40 PM

18. Absolutely brilliant.

THANKS for this. I had no idea who she is.

I do now.

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