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31 July 2014, 17:54 | Updated: 31 July 2014, 19:04
How do you make a Rachmaninov performance video go viral? Here are five of the greatest, performed by Valentina Lisitsa. But don't take our word for it: the weird and wonderful comments speak for themselves...
1. "Breathtaking in all senses!" - Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
Proof that a video doesn't need to be chock-full of cute animals to go viral. This one's as simple as Valentina Lisitsa sitting at a piano, performing this blistering Beethoven sonata - and it's her most successful video by far, with more than 7 million views.
2. "Super pianist!" - Rachmaninov prelude in G minor
Every facial expression, every hand movement, and every note captured in this crisp version of Rachmaninov's bouncing Prelude in G minor. Who would have thought a piano and orchestra video would harness more than 4 million views?
3. "Wonderful, dressed only in her nighty!" - Chopin Etude No. 10
Don't believe everything you read in the comments section. But we'll take the 'wonderful' part. Brace yourself for some sizzling Chopin.
4. "I love Valentina!" - I hate Rachmaninov
How can the self-confessed 'Queen of Rachmaninov' suddenly hate him? 70,000 people simply had to had to click the controversial headline ot find out...
5. "SO DANG FAST!! AWESOME" - Paganini-Liszt - La Campanella
A furious encore from Valentina, tackling one of Liszt's Grandes études de Paganini. It's just under five minutes of piano performed at breakneck speed - watched for more than 282,000 hours in total.