Valentina Lisitsa (piano)
Described by critics as a 'bona fide angel playing' and an 'electrifying pianist', the young Ukrainian-born, North Carolina-based Valentina Lisitsa has been receiving rave reviews ever since her debut in Avery Fisher Hall for the Mostly Mozart Festival. She has a cult-like internet following, attracting millions of views on her YouTube channel. It would be hard to conceive of a more thoroughly Romantic or demanding program than she presents here: Beethoven's radical 'Appassionata' Sonata, via Schumann's musical expression of an adult's memories of childhood and Thalberg's fantastic transformation of themes from Rossini's most popular opera to Liszt's pianistic danse macabre, inspired by a fresco by the medieval Italian artist Francesco Traini.
Beethoven Piano Sonata No 23 in F minor Op 57 'Appassionata', Schumann Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood) Op 15, Thalberg Grande fantaisie sur des motifs de Il barbiere di Siviglia Op 63, Liszt Totentanz S525/R188