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Valentina Lisitsa's new Tchaikovsky Works for Solo Piano is the completist of complete / Financial Times

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Several pianists have recorded what purports to be the complete solo piano music, but what they included has varied. This new set by Valentina Lisitsa is the completist of complete. It runs to 10 discs, or over 11 hours of music, and comes with the boast of a clutch of rarities getting their first recordings. Lisitsa's playing bristles with technical brilliance, a touch relentlessly so in the bigger works. Among the pieces getting major label first recordings, she is touching in the beguiling Anastasie-Valse, the composer's earliest piano work, and makes true piano showpieces out of his transcriptions of The Nutcracker ballet and 1812 Overture. A useful one-stop survey.

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