继收录麦可．尼曼的作品「追逐．钢琴」（Chasing Pianos）专辑后，无与伦比的钢琴演奏家李希特萨又将注意力转向她所擅长的浪漫时期作品，演奏「钢琴诗人」萧邦（Frederic Francois Chopin, 2/22 or 1/3 1810 - 1849）与舒曼（Robert Schumann, 6/8 1810-1856）的练习曲。
1833年，舒曼爱上了十七岁的美丽少女恩聂斯汀（Ernestine von Fricken, 1816~1844），并论及婚嫁，但两人的兴趣与内涵相差太多，同时恩聂斯汀的养父也反对两人的婚事，於是后来解除了婚约。恩聂斯汀的养父－弗立肯男爵（Baron von Fricken）为业餘作曲家，曾以一首主题变奏曲向舒曼请教如何作曲；后来舒曼便以弗立肯的旋律作为《交响练习曲》的主题，创作出这首形式自由的作品，包含一段主题，以及交错呈现的12段练习曲与5段变奏。
萧邦 & 舒曼：练习曲 / 李希特萨，钢琴
Chopin & Schumann: Etudes / Valentina Lisitsa
唱片公司：Linfair Records Limited/DECCA
进口专辑 / CD / 1 片装 / 85分13秒
Review by James Manheim [-]
Ukraine-to-North Carolina transplant Valentina Lisitsa has gained tremendous popularity by using YouTube (75 million views and counting) to market her music. No one should say that Lisitsa is merely an Internet phenomenon; more like her, taking the music directly to potential listeners through contemporary media, are sorely needed. The Internet has propelled her to a spot on the roster of the major Decca label, and she has played mostly mainstream Romantic repertory with a diversion, on her last release prior to this one, into the piano music of Michael Nyman. Here she takes on some real standards, the 24 Chopin Etudes, Op. 10 and Op. 25, and the technically even more perilous Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13, of Schumann, rendered with five extra variations in the middle excised by Schumann from the work and published posthumously (the work is essentially a set of variations that spills over its boundaries, something like the Diabelli Variations, Op. 120, of Beethoven). The Schumann fits Lisitsa's strengths; she has formidable technique in passagework and is exceptionally skilled at bringing out the kind of inner counterpoint that the Symphonic Etudes are all about. The same strengths apply in the Chopin, where her left hand doesn't flag in the workout it receives. According to the booklet notes, the Chopin etude performances of Alfred Cortot served Lisitsa as a reference point. Her performances don't really sound like Cortot's beyond a somewhat idiosyncratic quality; Cortot's readings apparently caused Rachmaninov to laugh so hard that his false teeth fell out, and it's hard to imagine that happening here. There's nothing terribly poetic about Lisitsa's performance, but there's no denying that she's on top of the music and that the physicality she has brought to it on the Internet is present. An interesting chapter in a unique contemporary pianistic career.
Catalogue No: 4787697
Release date: 10th Nov 2014
Length: 99 minutes
Medium: CD (download also available)
Conductor: Valentina Lisitsa
Composer: Valentina Lisitsa
Audio CD (November 10, 2014)
Number of Discs: 1
Following her recent well-received Michael Nyman recording Chasing Pianos, Valentina now turns her attention to the Romantic Era and the Études of Chopin and Schumann.
Chopin’s Études were the first to be seen as true piano works rather than merely studies. Quickly becoming a regular part of the concert repertoire, these are some of the most challenging and evocative works for piano.
Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, believed to be some of the most difficult music for the piano are also featured on this release, including five additional movements restored by Brahms in 1890 after Schumann’s death.
No other artist on a major label has offered this exciting combination, totalling 85 minutes of music on one CD.
Presto Classical现在提供了不少母带级别96khz的数字资源购买下载，挂了vpn速度勉强能到500k的下载速度。不过中国地区ip登陆价格确实便宜，这盘Valentina Lisitsa的专辑，只要24rmb非常实惠。
她在参加莫扎特音乐节上眼花缭乱的演奏更是好评四起。对她来说演绎拉赫马尼诺夫和贝多芬作品对她有特殊的意义。2009年她将同路特丹交响乐团合作5场拉赫马尼诺夫音乐会。她也正开始豪情万丈的录制贝多芬的32首钢琴奏鸣曲。此外lisitsa已经同lynn harrell，jimmy lin，roberto diaz，ida haendel等音乐家合作过。另外值得一提的是她2007年到2009年已同小提琴家hilary hahn一起合作。在欧洲、美洲和日本举办多场音乐会。
Renowned Pianist Valentina Lisitsa Takes On Chopin and Schumann With Études
“Her success is backed up by enormous talent and technical flair.”
– The New York Times
“Such electrifying pianism doesn’t come around often. Lisitsa is a powerhouse pianist in the tradition of Martha Argerich – the highest possible praise. Like Argerich, she does not settle for mere technical display, but makes genuine music…” – Sun Sentinel
Following her recent well-received Michael Nyman recording Chasing Pianos, internationally acclaimed pianist Valentina Lisitsa releases Études, now available on Decca/Universal Music Classics. Demonstrating her ability to play virtuosic, technically challenging and innovative pieces, Lisitsa takes on the memorable music of Chopin and Schumann with this new album.
Developed in the early 19th century, the musical form of Études (Studies) are designed to provide material for perfecting particular pianistic techniques, and are often considerably difficult. Chopin’s Études were the first to be seen as true piano works rather than merely studies. Quickly becoming a regular part of the concert repertoire, these are some of the most challenging and evocative works for piano.
Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, believed to be some of the most difficult music for the piano are also featured on this release, including five additional movements restored by Brahms in 1890 after Schumann’s death. The download release adds Chopin’s Trois Nouvelles Études to the Op. 10 and Op. 25 studies on the CD to make a complete survey of Chopin’s Études. Valentina will include both the Chopin and Schumann in her upcoming performances in the U.S.
An exclusive Decca artist, Valentina Lisitsa has come a long way since her 2012 solo debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Google’s first-ever live HD stream, the concert was filmed and released by Decca Classics to great critical acclaim. Lisitsa is also breaking records in the classical music genre with more than 80 million views and over 155,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel.
Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849) 12 Etudes, Op.10
01. No.1 In C Major 1:48
02. No.2 In A Minor "chromatique" 1:21
03. No.3 In E Major - "Tristesse" 4:16
04. No.4 In C Sharp Minor 1:47
05. No.5 In G Flat "Black Keys" 1:38
06. No.6 In E Flat Minor 3:55
07. No.7 In C Major 1:30
08. No.8 In F Major 2:11
09. No.9 In F Minor 1:55
10. No.10 In A Flat Major 2:07
11. No.11 In E Flat Major 3:12
12. No.12 In C Minor "Revolutionary" 2:49
13. No.1 In A Flat Major - "Harp Study" 2:18
14. No.2 In F Minor 1:28
15. No.3 In F Major 1:51
16. No.4 In A Minor 1:43
17. No.5 In E Minor 3:26
18. No.6 In G Sharp Minor 2:06
19. No.7 In C Sharp Minor 5:18
20. No.8 In D Flat Major 1:06
21. No.9 In G Flat Major - "Butterfly Wings" 0:59
22. No.10 In B Minor 4:40
23. No.11 In A Minor "Winter Wind" 3:42
24. No.12 In C Minor 2:36
Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) Symphonic Studies, Op.13
25. Theme 1:22
26. Etude I 0:42
27. Variation I 0:45
28. Etude II 1:26
29. Etude III 0:59
30. Etude IV 1:00
31. Etude V 0:38
32. Variation II 2:06
33. Variation III 1:03
34. Variation IV 1:54
35. Variation V 1:17
36. Etude VI 0:44
37. Etude VII 1:05
38. Etude VIII 1:28
39. Etude IX 0:36
40. Etude X 0:37
41. Etude XI 1:55
42. Etude XII (Finale) 5:54