Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” for Eight Pianos

This fantastic rendition of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” was recorded at the tenth anniversary celebration of the prestigious Verbier Festival, and features eight of the world’s most respected pianists — Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax, Leif Ove Andsnes, Claude FrankMikhail Pletnev, Staffan Scheja, and James Levine. It’s just one of many stellar performances available on this very well-regarded concert dvd.

Give the piece a listen, especially if you’ve ever considered “Valkyries” too overbearing. The all-piano arrangement does full justice to the music’s power, while also relieving some of its bombast. A definite winner. H/T @brainpicker

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Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.

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