Ukrainian classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays The Seasons, Op. 37a, a set of twelve short character pieces for solo piano by the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Recorded at the Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig in 2016. Lisitsa also reads the poetic epigraphs contained in the Russian edition (all chosen by the publisher Nikolay Matveyevich Bernard, the editor of the St. Petersburg music magazine Nouvellist, who commissioned the pieces).
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Ukrainian-American classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays Frédéric Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23. It is the first of Chopin’s four ballades for solo piano, composed between 1831 and 1842.
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Ukrainian classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa performs selected works from Johannes Brahms. Recorded on March 1, 2015 at Schaubühne Lindenfels, Leipzig.
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Ukrainian-American classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S.244/2, the second in a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies by Franz Liszt, and is by far the most famous of the set. Recorded live on May 22th, 2010 in Leiden, Holland.
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Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays the 3rd movement (Allegretto) of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, usually referred to as “The Tempest”, and records it using a GoPro. An interesting video to see from a classical pianist’s point of view. Enjoy!
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Ukrainian classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, S.178, a sonata for solo piano. Recorded on March 1, 2015 in Leipzig.
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Accompanied by the Freiburger Mozart-Orchester (Freiburg Mozart Orchestra), Ukrainian-born classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. Conductor: Michael Erren. Filmed live May 20, 2012, Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany.
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Valentina Lisitsa plays Beethoven’s The Piano Sonata No. 14 “Quasi Una Fantasia” Opus 27 No. 2, also known as the “Moonlight Sonata”. Completed in 1801 and dedicated in 1802 to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, it is one of Beethoven’s most popular compositions for the piano.
It is named “The Moonlight Sonata” by poet Ludwig Rellstab who, in 1832, had this inspiration on a moon lit night on the banks of the Lucerna River.
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