Lisitsa Sails through the Tempest in Sonata

Beautifully performed in this video by Valentina Lisitsa,
Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.19 in D minor has another well-known name –
The Tempest.

Although Beethoven never officially named the song as Tempest, it is suggested by his associate Anton Schindler that Beethoven mentioned that Schindler should read Shakespeare’s Tempest while asking about his opinion of this song. Coexistence of passion and calm moments recall the wild waves of the ocean, as Lisitsa’s movements become the embodiment of the unstoppable force of the nature itself. She captivates the listeners through her delicate control of strength and intensity.
Celebrated for her ability to express Rachmaninoff so beautifully, Valentina Lisitsa is also known as the "queen of Rachmaninoff".

“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices,
That, if I then had waked after long sleep, Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches Ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.”


― William Shakespeare, The Tempest

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