Friday, July 6, 2012

Valentina Lisitsa Live

A shot from the internet telecast
And here she is. 
It's a great evening out, it really is. Valentina Lisitsa is funny and warm, and starts the concert by telling the audience how she came to be there. It's pretty frank stuff, admitting that she came close to giving up completely on a career in music. But she tells a story with a happy ending, at least.

I've preserved all the chatter. She has a pre-recorded interval talk, and you will hear, as she walks out to do encores, that she's trying to get the final score of the football match from the audience (before the concert she suggests that they use the huge monitors in the auditorium to relay the match – silently, of course).

The programme, chosen by vote, was

F. Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No 12
Mozart Fantasy in c minor K.475Schubert-Liszt: Des Mädchens Klage, Der Doppelgänger, Erlkönig
Beethoven : Sonata Op 27 No 2 “Moonlight”
Rachmaninoff : Etude–Tableau  Op.39 No. 6
4 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 2 Poèmes Op. 322 Etudes: Op 42 No. 3 “Mosquito”, Op 65 No.1Chopin : Nocturne in c minor Op 48 No.1, d flat major Op 27 No.2, e flat major Op 9 No.2Liszt Totentanz S.525
Schubert-Liszt Ave Maria
Liszt La Campanella

The sound is extracted from the YouTube broadcast. You should go and buy the album to get most of the concert in high-quality sound. But the album doesn't have the chatter, which is well worth listening to. 


  1. Just for the record (in case you don't know it), her last name is a meaningful Russian word, and it means "Fox".

    With this in mind, perhaps she should do a piano arrangement of Jimmy Hendrix' "Foxy Lady" as her personal anthem... :)

  2. I attended this wonderful concert and upon hearing it again am struck by her Scriabin and particularly the embellished Chopin Nocturne, a very brave thing to do on such a career defining concert. I do intend to buy the CD but apparently the Totentanz isn't on there so I shall help myself to your hospitality and Valentina's banter...Many thanks