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Chopin – Etude Op.25 No.11 (‘Winter Wind’) – Sviatoslav Richter – Video: Unique musical moments


ChopinEtude Op.25 No.11 (‘Winter Wind‘) – Sviatoslav Rich

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Clara Schumann


Clara Schumann

Schumann, the wife of composer Robert Schumann, was a renowned pianist of her time. A child prodigy, she made her debut in 1830 and later performed with great success all over Europe. She was an outstanding interpreter of works by her husband and Johannes Brahms and was one of the first pianists to perform from memory. Her own compositions were mainly piano pieces and songs. Schumann supported her family financially and organized her own concert tours while also raising how many children? More… Discuss

make music part of your life Series: “The Banjo”, by Louis Moreau Gottschalk


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The Banjo“, by Louis Moreau Gottschalk

(Performed by pianist, ROLLIN WILBER)

GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES: Schubert Impromptu op. 142 No.3 B flat major


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Schubert Impromptu op. 142 No.3 B flat major

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Valentina Lisitsa
Valentina Lisitsa beside a piano
Background information
Born 1973
KievUkrainian SSRSoviet Union
Genres Classical
Occupations Classical pianist
Instruments Piano
Website www.valentinalisitsa.com

Valentina Lisitsa (UkrainianВалентина Лисиця, translit. Valentyna Lysytsya) is a Ukrainian-born and trainedclassical pianist who resides in North Carolina.[1][2] Lisitsa is among the most frequently viewed pianists on YouTube and is often praised as a highly commendable pianist.[3][4] Lisitsa followed a unique path to success, independently launching the beginnings of her career via social media, without initially signing to a tour promoteror record company.[3][4]

Biography[edit]

Lisitsa was born in KievUkraine, in 1973. She started playing the piano at the age of three, performing her first solo recital at the age of four.[5]

Despite her early disposition to music, her dream at that point was to become a professional chess player.[6]Lisitsa attended the Lysenko music school for Gifted Children and, later, Kiev Conservatory,[7] where she and her future husband, Alexei Kuznetsoff, studied under Dr. Ludmilla Tsvierko.[8] It was when Lisitsa met Kuznetsoff that she began to take music more seriously.[9] In 1991, they won the first prize in The Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition in Miami, Florida.[7][10] That same year, they moved to the United States to further their careers as concert pianists.[3] In 1992 the couple married.[3] Their New York debut was at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in 1995.[8]

After the death of her manager, and with the thought that she was “just another blonde Russian pianist”[11] Lisitsa almost gave up on her career as a concert pianist, and contemplated becoming a local worker for the government in Washington, D.C., but changed her mind at the last minute influenced by one of her new fans in England. Lisitsa posted her first YouTube video in 2007, gaining even more online attention after uploading her own set of Chopin etudes online for free (in response to an illegal upload of the same set beforehand). Her set of Chopin etudes reached the number one slot on Amazon’s classical video recordings, and became the most-viewed online set of Chopin etudes on YouTube.[3]

Furthering her career, Lisitsa and her husband put their life savings in recording a CD of Rachmaninov concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2010.[3] In the spring of 2012, before her Royal Albert Hall debut, Lisitsa was signed on to Decca Records, who later released her Rachmaninov CD set.[3] By mid-2012 she had nearly 50 million views on her YouTube videos.[4]

Lisitsa has performed in various venues around the world, including Carnegie HallAvery Fisher HallBenaroya HallMusikverein and Royal Albert Hall. She is well known for her online recitals and practicing streams. She has also collaborated with violinist Hilary Hahn for various recital engagements.[7]

Discography

Lisitsa has recorded six CDs for Audiofon Records, including three solo CDs and two discs of duets with her husband Alexei Kuznetsoff; a Gold CD for CiscoMusic label with cellist DeRosa; a duet recital on VAI label with violinist Ida Haendel; and DVDs of Frédéric Chopin’s 24 EtudesSchubertLiszt Schwanengesang.[12]

Her recording of the 4 sonatas for violin and piano by composer Charles Ives, made with Hahn, was released in October 2011 on Deutsche Grammophone label. Her album “Valentina Lisitsa Live at the Royal Albert Hall” (based on her debut performance at that venue 19 June 2012) was released 2 July 2012.

Lisitsa has recently recorded several projects from the composers Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Chopin, and Beethoven. Her complete album of Rachmaninoff concertos was released in October 2012 by Decca Records.[13] The most recent album of Liszt works was released in October 2013 on Decca label in 2 formats – CD and 12″ LP which was cut unedited from analog tape.

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: DINU LIPATTI (1917)


Dinu Lipatti (1917)

Lipatti was a Romanian pianist whose career was tragically cut short by Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 33. Despite a relatively short playing career and a small recorded legacy, Lipatti is considered among the finest pianists of the 20th century. He was much admired for his pianistic technique, and he is noted for his interpretations of Mozart, Bach, and Chopin. As a teen, Lipatti came in second in the Vienna International Piano Competition. How did his failure to take first place impact his future? More… Discuss

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Valentina Lisitsa plays Chopin “Heroic” Polonaise op 53 A flat major Valentina Lisitsa



Great Compositions/Performances: Valentina Lisitsa plays Chopin “Heroic” Polonaise op 53 A flat major Valentina Lisitsa

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Valentina Lisitsa plays Rachmaninoff Prelude in g minor op. 23 No. 5



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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Happy Valentine’s Day! The Heart Asks Pleasure First Michael Nyman Valentina Lisitsa


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Happy Valentine’s Day! The Heart Asks Pleasure First Michael Nyman Valentina Lisitsa

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Fabulous Performances: Artur Rubinstein plays Liebestraum nº3 Liszt (“without a scratch”)



Artur Rubinstein plays Liebestraum nº3 Liszt (without a scratch)
(Rec. 1954)

 

Pauline Viardot – L’enfant de la Montagne – Enrica Ciccarelli, Amarilli Nizza



Pauline Viardot – L’enfant de la Montagne – Enrica Ciccarelli [piano], Amarilli Nizza [voice]

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This song featured as a bonus track in the cd FREDERIC CHOPIN: DOUZE MAZOURKES, recorded by pianist Enrica Ciccarelli and soprano Amarilli Nizza on 4-6 september 1998, Villa Medici, Briosco.

FREDERIC CHOPIN
Douze Marzourkes arranged for singing by Pauline Viardot

 

Kreisler plays Dvořák Humoresque


Recording from 1938 of Fritz Kreisler playing his own transcription of the Dvorak Humoresque op. 101 No. 7 with pianist Franz Rupp.