Beethoven/ Schumann: Lisitsa Piano Recital (Thalberg/ Liszt Keyboard) (Valentina Lisitsa) (Naxos: 8.572491)
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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 début in Avery Fisher Hall for the Mostly Mozart Festival. It would be hard to conceive of a more thoroughly Romantic or demanding programme 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.