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Valentina Lisitsa|Chasing Pianos - The Piano Music Of Michael Nyman

Chasing Pianos - The Piano Music Of Michael Nyman

Valentina Lisitsa

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Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa has taken an unusual path toward career development: she posted her Chopin performances to YouTube, gained a strong following there, and then hired the London Symphony Orchestra for a set of Rachmaninov concerto performances. The gambit seems to be working: Lisitsa's performances of late Romantic repertoire have been reasonably well received, and now she's earned the right to implement what one imagines was the point of the whole exercise in the first place: the pursuit of the crossover audience centered above all in Britain. There is no denying that Chasing Pianos works well. British composer Michael Nyman has made a long specialty out of minimalist music that shades in the direction of melodic pop. Although Nyman has stated that opera is his favored genre, the style is ideally suited to film scores, and his music for The Piano (1993) is a classic of the genre. That score, adapted for solo piano, is heavily featured here, along with music from other scores that is artfully chosen to give just enough contrast to avoid sheer repetitiveness without disturbing the basic calm surface. Lisitsa's style, flawlessly precise and slightly mechanical, fits this music in a rather eerie way, and fans of Nyman's music will doubtless find a fresh and exciting take on it here. Those coming to the music from the film The Piano or from one of the other soundtracks represented should also be pleased. The sound, from the concert hall at Britain's Wyastone Estate, is unusually well suited to the project: dreamy and soft without being overly gauzy.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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The Piano (Michael Nyman)

1
The Heart Asks Pleasure First
00:04:20

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

2
Big My Secret
00:02:57

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

The Diary Of Anne Frank (Michael Nyman)

3
Candlefire
00:02:28

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

4
If
00:03:33

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

Drowning by Numbers (Michael Nyman)

5
Sheep ‘N’ Tides
00:02:31

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

The Diary Of Anne Frank (Michael Nyman)

6
Goodbye Moortie
00:01:53

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

Carrington (Michael Nyman)

7
Fly Drive
00:00:50

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

The End of the Affair (Michael Nyman)

8
Diary Of Love
00:02:44

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

A Zed And Two Noughts (Michael Nyman)

9
Time Lapse
00:04:53

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

Man With A Movie Camera (Michael Nyman)

10
Odessa Beach
00:03:32

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

The Diary Of Anne Frank (Michael Nyman)

11
The School Room
00:02:11

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

12
Why?
00:03:59

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

The Draughtman’s Contract (Michael Nyman)

13
Chasing Sheep Is Best Left To Shepherds
00:03:17

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

The Piano (Michael Nyman)

14
Deep Sleep Playing
00:02:19

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

The Claim (Michael Nyman)

15
The Exchange
00:02:51

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

The Piano (Michael Nyman)

16
Here To There
00:01:20

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

Wonderland (Michael Nyman)

17
Jack
00:02:19

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

18
Bill
00:02:39

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

Gattaca (Michael Nyman)

19
The Departure
00:02:49

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

The Piano (Michael Nyman)

20
Lost And Found
00:03:08

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

21
All Imperfect Things
00:03:05

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

22
The Attraction Of The Pedalling Ankle
00:07:42

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

23
The Mood That Passes Through You
00:02:36

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

24
The Embrace
00:02:31

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

25
Silver-Fingered Fling
00:05:14

Michael Nyman, Composer - Will Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valentina Lisitsa, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Van Ingen, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa has taken an unusual path toward career development: she posted her Chopin performances to YouTube, gained a strong following there, and then hired the London Symphony Orchestra for a set of Rachmaninov concerto performances. The gambit seems to be working: Lisitsa's performances of late Romantic repertoire have been reasonably well received, and now she's earned the right to implement what one imagines was the point of the whole exercise in the first place: the pursuit of the crossover audience centered above all in Britain. There is no denying that Chasing Pianos works well. British composer Michael Nyman has made a long specialty out of minimalist music that shades in the direction of melodic pop. Although Nyman has stated that opera is his favored genre, the style is ideally suited to film scores, and his music for The Piano (1993) is a classic of the genre. That score, adapted for solo piano, is heavily featured here, along with music from other scores that is artfully chosen to give just enough contrast to avoid sheer repetitiveness without disturbing the basic calm surface. Lisitsa's style, flawlessly precise and slightly mechanical, fits this music in a rather eerie way, and fans of Nyman's music will doubtless find a fresh and exciting take on it here. Those coming to the music from the film The Piano or from one of the other soundtracks represented should also be pleased. The sound, from the concert hall at Britain's Wyastone Estate, is unusually well suited to the project: dreamy and soft without being overly gauzy.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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