In our conversation for sinfinimusic.com, I asked Valentina Lisitsa what she made of the spread of reviews she received – some hugely appreciative, others altogether dismissive. She took a deep breath and described her reaction to negative responses when she first posted her work on Youtube. These hostile opinions were often followed by contradicting views and a debate would ensue.
‘That’s what I like,’ she says. ‘These record magazines publish a review but allow no comments. That’s a problem for me. These people feel as if they are gradually being bypassed.’
You can hear two cuts of the interview – a 9-minute edit on video
and a 30-minute audio account, click here.
I also invited her to play a piece of her choice – a scintillating Liszt transcription of a Schubert song.
It was announced today that Valentina Lisitsa will open the Bournemouth Syphony Orchestra season with Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 on October 2nd.