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Valentina Lisitsa - Chasing Pianos / NPR 'First Listen'

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Music is an aural medium, but the two musicians represented on this album have careers defined, at least in part, by visuals. Valentina Lisitsa, the 44-year-old Ukrainian-born pianist, revived her stalled career by uploading videos of herself playing Chopin to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal. And Michael Nyman, the restlessly inventive British composer, is best known for his dozens of movie scores - chiefly the one he wrote for Jane Campion's Oscar-winning The Piano (1993).

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