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Valentina Lisitsa, the virtuoso Bösendorfer pianist and global internet phenomenon – whose YouTube channel has attracted over 44 million views, making her by far the most watched classical pianist in history – made her much-anticipated solo recital debut before an enraptured audience at London’s 5,000-seater Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 19 June on a Bösendorfer Imperial grand.

Universal Music/DECCA has edited a CD and DVD of this event and the real Valentina Lisitsa will be presented in Bösendorfer-Saal in Mozarthaus Vienna
on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7.30 pm.
Tickets EURO 20.-
Every visitor will receive CD as well as DVD. Valentina will play pieces from Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin and Prokofiev, she will talk with Dr. Christoph Ferch about her life as a pianist and artist.
Reservation +43-1-504 66 51-144 or 310 or 311.

Please note: Mrs. Lisitsa will make a "Live practice hour" at Bösendorfer-Stadtsalon on Wednesday, October 31 from 3 to 4 pm and from 6 to 7 pm.
Reservation required.
BÖSENDORFER STADTSALON, Bösendorferstraße 12, 1010 Vienna
Entrance directly from the streetside in Canovagasse (in the building of Vienna Musikverein)


Streamed live on YouTube, her two-and-a-half-hour concert of mainly romantic repertoire – chosen by her loyal fans themselves in an online poll – received an incredible 74,329 views during its initial live screening and subsequent extended availability as a YouTube Video On Demand, while some 6,000 comments have been posted on her YouTube channel to date. In response to such huge demand, the live video of the concert will now be re-posted for a limited-period “encore” showing on YouTube this weekend. Recorded live at the concert and already rush-released as a digital album available on iTunes in the new high-resolution “Mastered for iTunes” format, Decca’s Valentina Lisitsa: Live at the Royal Albert Hall will be released as a physical CD on Monday 9 July, with a DVD of the concert following on Monday 30 July: both already available for pre-order at Amazon. The speed of events has impressed even such a master of new media as Valentina herself. “It’s just amazing how quickly Decca have been able to make my music available to all my many fans around the world, both old and new. Uploading my own videos to YouTube is pretty instant, but to think that people could download this live album less than a week after the concert, or buy an actual CD copy two weeks after that, is thrilling!”For Valentina herself – a prodigiously gifted pianist whose sheer delight in performing is perhaps her most infectious quality – the occasion was “as much a celebration as a concert, a gathering for friends old and new”. In addition to all her thousands of YouTube viewers, many of her most devoted fans had travelled from around the world – from as far afield as Barbados and New Zealand – to attend the concert in person. But, as a major public showcase for her talents, the concert has clearly also helped to alert the mainstream classical music media to a “secret” that the global internet community has happily shared for years. In a pre-concert blog headlined “Believe the hype”, Tom Service, The Guardian music critic and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster, wrote of watching Valentina’s YouTube videos and being “flabbergasted”: “I’d suspected Lisitsa was a case of promotion over profundity. Then I joined her online audience and was wowed by her virtuosity … In everything she does, there seems to be a special combination of utterly self-assured virtuosity and real lyricism and communication too, far removed from the prestidigitatory typewriters that many of today’s pianists have become.” And, after the concert itself, The Telegraph’s chief music critic Ivan Hewett enthused: “Lisitsa is a serious artist … Her essential attribute is a fevered urgency, an almost desperate desire to suck the expressive marrow from a piece. Joined to her iron-clad technique (Lisitsa is no wunderkind – she’s now 39, and has been practising hard since she was three), this often engendered a huge emotional charge … At the other end of the scale, the middle movement of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata was beautifully remote and poised, as if made from porcelain.” What nearly all reviewers note with surprise and admiration is Valentina’s refreshingly open, old-school style of playing – a combination of honesty, poetry and energy that harks back to a lost golden age of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century pianism. And the startling fact is that this cutting-edge exponent of the latest social media happily admits to having learnt most of her dazzling technique from studying the great pianists of the past, not least the three “dead teachers” whom she calls her “dream team”: Sergey Rachmaninov, Josef Hofmann and Wilhelm Backhaus. As Harriet Smith, the journalist, broadcaster and former editor of BBC Music Magazine, International Record Review and International Piano Quarterly, says in her booklet notes for the CD release: “To hear Valentina play is to be reminded of an old style of playing: there’s virtuosity aplenty but there’s also a profound beauty of line.” In a wide-ranging recital that also includes music by Beethoven (both the “Moonlight” Sonata and the ever-popular “Für Elise”), Liszt (“La campanella”, “Un sospiro” and Liebestraum No. 3) and Scriabin (Deux Poèmes and the “Mosquito” Étude), this old-style aspect of Valentina’s playing is perhaps most evident in the chosen works by two mainstays of her huge repertoire: Rachmaninov (the Preludes op. 23 no. 5, op. 32 nos. 5, 10 & 12, and the “Little Red Riding Hood” Étude-Tableau) and Chopin (Nocturnes op. 9 no. 2, op. 27 no. 2 and op. 48 no. 1). As Harriet Smith says: “It’s perhaps in their music, above all, that you’re most aware of what she has learnt from those ‘dead teachers’ of hers: that the piano can be, in the right hands, a veritable songbird.” Valentina Lisitsa: Live At The Royal Albert Hall Digital Album (Mastered for iTunes 0 00289 478 4640 6): already available CD (0 00289 478 4572 0) available: 9 July 2012 DVD (0 00440 074 3599 1) available: 30 July 2012