30 July 2009

The hands of Valentina Lisitsa...

...playing Rachmaninoff's Etude Op. 39 No. 6 "Little Red Riding Hood." The video and audio seem to be a few milliseconds out of sync, but there's no CG involved here; she is a well-known professional pianist from Ukraine who has been playing piano since age three. You can view other performances on her YouTube channel.

Here she is playing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto. I think it's impossible to listen to this piece without thinking of the movie "Brief Encounter."


  1. It's not impossible for me, I've never heard of that movie.

  2. If you like this piece of music, I suggest you run - don't walk - to your library to check out the DVD of the movie. Or get it from Netflix. Whatever. One of the all-time great classic music movie soundtracks awaits you.

    Preview here -


  3. I'm not sure why you bothered to mention that there is no CG. That's what it looks like when a good player plays a fast piece...

  4. Does the fact that the music is difficult to play make it better?

    What if this had been a MIDI sequence? What if it had been CG, would it detract from the music?

  5. If you want to see some crazy piano keywork, check out


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