Friday, August 23, 2019 13:31

This is what real musical talent looks like.

– Wiccapundit

Your Wiccapundit lurves him some classical music, particularly piano music of the Romantic period.  Franz Liszt was possibly the first rockstar musician, what with women screaming and fainting at his concerts and throwing their hankies at him.  (Pace Tom Jones, they probably would have thrown their underwear, but corsets are a bit much… .)  Furthermore, Roger Daltrey played Liszt in Lisztomania, the 1973 Ken Russell-directed psychedelic biopic of the man, with Rick Wakeman appearing in the film as Thor, the Nordic god of thunder.  How cool is that?  To give you an idea of what the film is like, it makes Tommy look normal.

Perhaps Liszt’s most famous composition is the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, which I can attest is a beast to play.  I now have a new favorite interpretation of this masterpiece.  Here is the performance by the superb Russian pianist Valentina Lisitsa.   She has immaculate technique, but it is ever in the service of the musicality.  Her dynamic control is extraordinary.  As you watch this, mind you that there was no video trickery used to make her fingers appear to move faster, and that this live performance was the encore.


Take that, Miley Cyrus.




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4 Responses to “This is what real musical talent looks like.”

  1. Matt says:

    I think I’m madly in love. That’s the kind of woman I dream about spending the rest of my life with.

    • Wiccapundit says:

      If you think she’s da bomb, you should check out Valentina Igoshina, another Russian piano phenom, who also happens to be smokin’ hot. See this very short (2:30) interview and performance of the Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 7:

      Her accent is just captivating: “How to say?”

  2. Not Rick says:

    It was wonderful and perfect and then you had to mention the insipid tongue monster and now that damn image is stuck in my head again and it’s going to take hours of Hilary Hahn, or Alfred Brendel to make it go away. Which now that I think of it, might be a good idea anyway.

    PS: Thanks for the tip, was unaware of Valentina – most excellent.

    • Wiccapundit says:

      There are so many good antidotes, Not Rick, it would take a lifetime to listen to them all.

      And that would not be a wasted life.

      As for Valentina, see her version of the Chopin Nocturne in E flat, Op. 9, No. 2:

      This is from a DVD of her performance at the Royal Albert Hall, and the video shots of her hands are excellent. Her finger work is like watching quicksilver. She also does a superb version of Beethoven’s Fur Elise, that has now supplanted Wilhelm Kempf’s as my favorite:

      This is her FOURTH encore, and it is marred only by the brief, spontaneous laughter of the crowd as she begins.

      So much great music, so little time.

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