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The Ukranian YouTube sensation plays the piano music of Michael Nyman. John Suchet's Album of the Week, 17 March 2014.
Valentina Lisitsa's videos have been viewed on YouTube more than 50 million times. The Ukranian pianist has always admitted to having a special affinity for the works of Rachmaninov and Beethoven and continues to add to her vast repertoire each season. Her new album sees her exploring the piano music of Michael Nyman, on the occasion of his 70th birthday.
The album includes all ten solo piano transcriptions from the smash hit film The Piano, collected together on one album for the first time, along with complete recordings of his published music for solo piano.
Lisitsa plays with great sensitivity and fluidity and succeeds in bringing together a valuable collection of some of the most haunting and appealing piano music of our time.