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On-Demand: Hear Valentina Lisitsa Playing Für Elise

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What’s the most famous piece by Beethoven? Is it Beethoven’s 5th? Is it the 9th?

Maybe.

What about the little number that gets played on every electric keyboard in every shopping mall across the land? Every kid knows the opening E to D-sharp figure, piano student or not. YouTube lists over 380,000 videos of the work: Für Elise.

It’s ironic there are so many videos, because it’s almost never played by a concert pianist. It’s rather refreshing to hear a thundering virtuoso like Valentina Lisitsa make her way so tenderly through this delicate little flower.

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Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM, WFMT brings the full range of Valentina Lisitsa’s firebrand pianism in a piece written for—and by—one of the most virtuosic sets of fingers ever to play: that of Sergei Rachmaninoff. Hear his Second Piano Concerto with Valentina Lisitsa and the Grant Park Orchestra, live from the Pritzker Pavilion on 98.7 WFMT.

Valentina Lisitsa playing Für Elise was recorded at WFMT in September of 2010.

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