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Lisitsa records Einaudi album
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Valentina Lisitsa just released a recording of 14 Einaudi pieces. I thought this was interesting, someone of such an inarguable talent recording pieces by a somewhat controversial composer. She obviously takes his work seriously enough to record it. Given the thread that was just shut down, there's some irony in the timing. That said, please don't use this thread to fan flames.



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Maybe she also just needs a quick way to make money smile
Just kidding - I'll give it a try, hoping she really made it her own. A good interpretation can make the difference between nice background music and something I'd actively listen to.

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I didn’t really care for it. The rubato is odd.


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I dont think that music requires a high level of virtuosity and the opportunities for deep interpretative abilities are limited also, so i dont think that the fact it is Ms Lisitsa playing will significantly change the overall result.

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Originally Posted by Chrispy
I thought this was interesting, someone of such an inarguable talent recording pieces by a somewhat controversial composer. She obviously takes his work seriously enough to record it.


Indeed! I’d love to hear/read an interview where she talks about it, for example what made her choose to do this project, and how she chose the pieces that she did and her reasoning for the pieces she omitted etc.

I’d also love to hear Einaudi’s reaction to the project.

She’s not the first professional pianist to release recordings of his work, but AFAIK she is by far the most famous.

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Given the thread that was just shut down, there's some irony in the timing. That said, please don't use this thread to fan flames.

Agreed (on both the irony and the request not to fan flames!)


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Well, in the comments to the YT video, she replied to someone:

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I am stuck because of corona , not much "big" stuff can be recorded in a room, certainly not Beethoven

Einaudi, Music for a Pandemic?

Works for me!


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I enjoyed the piece in the video. Does someone know which Einaudi piece this was. I also enjoyed the video except for the wine pouring and hammock swinging haha.

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The piece in the video is called Le Onde. I really like her playing of it. But I didn’t like her version of Nuvole Bianche as much... and I haven’t been able to listen to the other pieces yet. Hopefully soon...


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Originally Posted by ShiroKuro
The piece in the video is called Le Onde. I really like her playing of it. But I didn’t like her version of Nuvole Bianche as much... and I haven’t been able to listen to the other pieces yet. Hopefully soon...

Pianoloverus, sorry, the video in the first post in this thread isn't Le Onde, it's Uno. Interestingly enough, Uno is one of his pieces that I would describe as more ambient than most of his solo piano works. I like Uno better as a straight piano piece (i.e. the way Lisitsa plays it in the video in this thread.)


Le Onde was the video posted in the thread in the ABF, thus the reason for my mistake. Here's Le Onde:


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As Pianist Corner seems to be bombarded with the great Einaudi at present (curiously, as he's never been mentioned here until very recently, seemingly because of ShiroKuro's many posts recommending him to various people), I suddenly remembered that I do actually own one of his CDs.

It was in the era when record stores were still around, and I often made trips downtown to browse in them to look for new discoveries. I remember I'd got to know Pärt's St John Passion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH3bkVapmGo ) and had sung part of it as a member of a choir, so when I started looking for CDs of his music (categorized under Minimalist, then 'Spiritual Minimalist' composers), I chanced upon the Einaudi CD - at a sale price smirk . The blurb in the booklet gave the impression that he was of the same ilk as Pärt, Górecki (whose Symphony of Sorrowful Songs was all the rage then) and Tavener (whose The Protecting Veil was also all the rage then: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT0MF4XNjkA ), so I bought it......and was bitterly disappointed at the mind-numbingly boring repetitiveness of his music. The titles of his pieces were far more interesting than his playing or his music. After listening to about a third of the CD, I gave up and put it in the bottom of a box. Unfortunately, as it was a sale CD, I couldn't return it to the store for a refund......so I've still got it - somewhere cry.

(But maybe, if I can find it, I'll give it away to an unsuspecting foe as a Christmas present..... grin).

As for Lisitsa's new recording, I suspect she just sight-read through the lot in one sitting. smirk


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Originally Posted by bennevis
As Pianist Corner seems to be bombarded with the great Einaudi at present (curiously, as he's never been mentioned here until very recently, seemingly because of ShiroKuro's many posts recommending him to various people)

You say that like it's a bad thing... whome


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There are a number of classical artists that have recorded either jazz or popular songs albums. I think thats a good opportunity to breath some new air, just a matter of choosing wisely the subject.

Renee Fleming singing jazz standards,

https://youtu.be/DLbSwaWaFx0

And recently Tharaud made himself arrangements of a popular french artist, Barbara. I think it works really well.

https://youtu.be/M-8izi-sq5w

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Quick money grab for her. This is going no where. I guarantee you people listen to Nuvole Bianche 1 time, and turn off the album forever.

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Originally Posted by jeffcat
Quick money grab for her. This is going no where. I guarantee you people listen to Nuvole Bianche 1 time, and turn off the album forever.

Whenever I read a post from jeffcat I immediately think Dunning-Kruger.

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Originally Posted by jeffcat
Quick money grab for her. This is going no where. I guarantee you people listen to Nuvole Bianche 1 time, and turn off the album forever.
Since Einaudi is very popular this is clearly nonsense.

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Originally Posted by jeffcat
I guarantee you people listen to Nuvole Bianche 1 time, and turn off the album forever.
I guess this is true for many modern classical pieces. I am talking avant-garde music in the tradition of Stockhausen, Nono, Boulez, Hespos, Hölszky, Xenakis.

Are the pieces of unknown composers who follow their footsteps performed more than once?
And are their albums sold?

The advantage of easy-listening music from the likes of Einaudi, Tiersen, Nyman is that you can use them as background music for videos or in a doctor's waiting room. But a dentist who uses music by Stockhausen or Boulez as background music would probably not stay in business for long.

That's why easy-listening sells, and why famous artists like Lisitsa make recordings of it.


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That's why easy-listening sells, and why famous artists like Lisitsa make recordings of it.

I have no doubt she has a great agent/ marketing director. This does not alter the fact that recording einaudi is peddling to the lowest common denominator. If that's what keeps dinner on the table, we're all for it.

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Thanks for posting this, Crispy and ShiroKuro. I enjoyed listening through the tracks on Spotify. I guess I belong to the lowest common denominator crowd ;0


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Originally Posted by patH
a dentist who uses music by Stockhausen or Boulez as background music would probably not stay in business for long.

Good point!! grin

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Originally Posted by jeffcat
peddling to the lowest common denominator

You do realize that your posts more often than not read as personal insults to posters here, don't you? Is that your intent? Because it's beyond "not nice" and prevents friendly discussion.


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