A sneak peek into my practice routine preparing for Paris recital next week :)

Ever wondered what’s happening behind the scenes of making a YouTube video for my channel? Here’s a sneak peek – conveniently combined with practicing for next week’s recital of complete Chopin Nocturnes at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris October 15
http://www.theatrechampselysees.fr/saison/recital/recital-instruments-musique-de-chambre/valentina-lisitsa
Ah, you are asking “What’s this stunning looking piano?” Well, well. The location is Bösendorfer factory in Vienna suburbs, the piano is one-of-a-kind 7 foot grand called Grand Bohemian. https://www.boesendorfer.com/en/pianos/collectors-item/grand-bohemian
I think there were only 9 ever made.
As you have probably guessed, there will be a *proper* video coming up shortly.
But I thought it would be fun to see the preparation going on – placing the cameras, finding good angles and sound…. Oh wait! Sound. Of course. The sound is far more important than *looks*.
And here I must admit – this is NOT the microphone we usually use. By a margin of something like 5-10000 dollars difference 😉 As you can see on the video, the microphone is $5 purchase from a pawn shop and attached to an impromptu mic stand by a….duct tape!!!!
If a five dollar microphone sounds like this with Bösendorfer, you’ve gotta believe – it’s one AMAZING piano.
More coming up soon. Stay tuned.

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