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Valentina Lisitsa records Liszt’s most technically challenging work, the “unplayable” La Contrabandista, conceived by Liszt as a spectacular recital encore. Seldom recorded, this work is a true virtuosic challenge for any pianist. Performed with Valentina’s legendary fiery aplomb, this is an imaginative program, embracing some of Liszt’s celebrated transcriptions of music by Schubert and Verdi. Not afraid of taking risks, Valentina recorded direct to analogue tape, transferred without edits for a special edition LP product and simultaneously recorded
in high-resolution 24-bit digital format.
Valentina is the first “YouTube star” of classical music to have converted her
online success into a global concert career in the principal venues of Europe, the USA, South America and Asia. The number of views of her YouTube channel has now topped an astonishing 60 million, and her legion of loyal and adoring fans continues to grow. A pianist who lives in the moment and on the edge.
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