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Nyman: 'Chasing Pianos'

Magazine article Gramophone

Nyman: 'Chasing Pianos'

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'Chasing Pianos'

Music from Carrington, The Claim, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Draughtsman's Contract, Drowning by Numbers, The End of the Affair, Gattaca, Man with a Movie Camera, The Piano, Wonderland and A Zed and Two Noughts

Valentina Lisitsa pf

Decca [F} 478 6421DH (78' * DDD)

Piano virtuoso and social media phenomenon Valentina Lisitsa has ventured into new territory. At almost 78 minutes, 'Chasing Pianos' provides one of the most comprehensive overviews to date of Michael Nyman's piano music from his film soundtracks.

There's much to commend in Lisitsa's performance. Her playing is controlled and effortless in the romantically charged pieces, such as 'The Heart Asks Pleasure First' from the successful score to The Piano, where the interplay between theme and countermelody is subtly brought to the surface. She also manages to capture the right mood in some of the lyrical, melody-driven pieces, such as 'Diary of Love' from The End of the Affair or 'If from The Diary of Anne Frank. Such pieces certainly benefit from the pianist's knowledge and understanding of traditional repertoire. …

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