YouTube Pianist Valentina Lisitsa Letting You Choose Program for New York Recital Debut at 92Y, Prizes Also Available

By Logan K. Young on Jul 16, 2013 05:51 PM EDT

As if Classicalite needed another reason to <3 Valentina Lisitsa, YouTube's native pianist has gone and given us yet another one.

Sorry, make that three (3). And before you ask, alas, it's not a "Pearls Before Breakfast" triplicate.

No, Lisitsa is giving 92nd Street Y audience members the opportunity to vote on one (1) of three (3) programs for her New York City solo recital debut come October 19, 2013--the opening night concert of 92Y’s 2013-14 season.

Naturally, Valentina took to her favored medium to make the big announcement (as well as an adorable dig at Mayor Bloomberg's "extra-large" embargo).

And the nominees--hyper-linked to Lisitsa's YouTube performances of them--are...

Program One (1)

"Gute Nacht"
"In der Ferne"
"Des Mädchens Klage"
"Der Doppelgänger"
"Der Müller und der Bach"
LISZT:  Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp minor, S. 244
PROKOFIEV:  Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83
BEETHOVEN:  Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"

Program Two (2)

RACHMANINOFF:  Prelude in G major, Op. 32, No. 5
Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op. 32, No. 12
Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, No. 10
Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5
Prelude in E-flat major, Op. 23, No. 6
Prelude in B-flat major, Op. 23, No.
SHOSTAKOVICH:  Sonata No. 2 in B minor, Op. 61
CHOPIN:  Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1
Nocturne in F major, Op. 15, No. 1
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1
Nocturne in F-sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1
Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Post.
Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
LISZT:  Totentanz

Program Three (3)

BEETHOVEN:  Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight"
SCRIABIN:  Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19, "Sonata-fantasy"
SCHUMANN:  études symphoniques, Op. 13
LISZT:  Ballade No. 2
VERDI/LISZT:  La Danza sacra e duetto finale from Aida
LISZT:  Rondeau fantastique sur un thème espagnol, "El contrabandista"
LISZT:  Rhapsodie espagnole

But that's not all.

Your programming vote also gets you in on a sweet set of raffle prizes: one (1) grand winner will receive dinner for two and by safesaver" href="">limousine service from the restaurant to 92nd Street Y; three (3) first place winners will receive a signed vinyl copy of Valentina Lisitsa's new recording; three (3) second place winners will receive a signed CD of Valentina Lisitsa's new recording.

[N.B. If you do not wish to enter the contest portion, you can still vote without entering your name and email address.]

Because Classicalite has always enjoyed her Scriabin most, we went with Program Three (3).

An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist since 2012, Valentina Lisitsa will release her third album on the label, Liszt, on October 8, 2013.

To pre-order Liszt or to order Lisitsa's other records, visit the 92Y online store at:

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