Scriabin: Sonata No. 3, Five Preludes / Medtner: Sonata Reminiscenza / Stravinsky: Three Movements from Pétrouchka

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Two decades into an international career, Evgeny Kissin remains a controversial pianist, though there's no denying that the teenage prodigy of the mid-1980s has grown into a mature virtuoso whose provocative interpretations are always worth hearing. This recital of Russian works from the early 20th century will inspire less controversy than awe. It would be too glib to claim that Kissin's own Russian heritage puts him on the same emotional wavelength as Scriabin and Medtner, but the pianist's hyper-Romantic temperament does find an ideal outlet here. Scriabin's early Preludes, Op. 15, are a gentle curtain-raiser: Despite flashes of extreme emotion, their style is ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Two decades into an international career, Evgeny Kissin remains a controversial pianist, though there's no denying that the teenage prodigy of the mid-1980s has grown into a mature virtuoso whose provocative interpretations are always worth hearing. This recital of Russian works from the early 20th century will inspire less controversy than awe. It would be too glib to claim that Kissin's own Russian heritage puts him on the same emotional wavelength as Scriabin and Medtner, but the pianist's hyper-Romantic temperament does find an ideal outlet here. Scriabin's early Preludes, Op. 15, are a gentle curtain-raiser: Despite flashes of extreme emotion, their style is relatively conventional, preparing the listener for the breakthrough of Scriabin's Third Sonata, which explores unprecedented heights and depths. Kissin's performance of the sonata is engrossing, banishing any problems of technique in a series of rhapsodic surges and lingering with delicacy in the more placid beauties of the Andante movement. The Third is probably the most approachable of Scriabin's ten sonatas, and this is a performance that will be worth returning to often. Nikolai Medtner's piano music is widely available these days, but for listeners who might hesitate to splurge on an all-Medtner disc, Kissin's performance of the Sonata-Reminiscenza will make an intriguing entryway to this composer's distinctive style, poised between Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. Born just a few years after Medtner, Igor Stravinsky seems nevertheless to belong to a different world. With his Three Movements from Pétrouchka -- one of the piano repertory's most notorious finger-busters -- Kissin sweeps away the hazy Romantic nostalgia in a dazzling display of energy and clarity. This may be the finest recording of Stravinsky's transcription since Maurizio Pollini's famed version, and like the other performances on this album, it's among the gems of the Kissin discography.
All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Some may expect Evgeny Kissin to deliver a flashy recital on this album of Russian piano works, and in some ways this is a reasonable hunch: with Scriabin's flamboyant "Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23," and Igor Stravinsky's notoriously difficult "Three Movements from Petrouchka" dominating the proceedings, it certainly seems like a CD of virtuoso showpieces, with scarcely a reflective moment. Yet the choice of Scriabin's wistfully poetic "Five Preludes, Op. 15," for the opening, and Medtner's "Sonata-Reminiscenza, Op. 38/1," for the center spot may make one think twice about Kissin's intentions, since these rather introspective and unshowy works color the album with a somber outlook that affects the reception of the other pieces. Kissin certainly shoots off plenty of fireworks in this program, but he seems to emphasize the darker aspects of the music, and there is definitely a current of mystery and intensity running through all the works. As Kissin matures and sheds the Wunderkind label, it becomes more apparent that he wants to express himself through substantial works with a wide range of emotions, and to bypass entirely the usual pianistic bonbons in favor of a more sober and challenging repertoire. If he hasn't convinced everyone yet of his serious intentions, then this album may at least serve notice. RCA's sound quality is clear and focused.
Gramophone - Jeremy Nicholas
The Three Movements from Petrushka comes as a brutal contrast [to the Medtner] and Kissin offers a full-blooded, punchy account that is as uninhibited as it is utterly compelling.
BBC Online - Andrew MacGregor
Now this is music that fits Kissin like an Oscar-winner's dress.... From the opening swirling snowstorm of Scriabin's Op. 15 Preludes, you're hooked.

The Three Movements from Petrushka comes as a brutal contrast [to the Medtner] and Kissin offers a full-blooded, punchy account that is as uninhibited as it is utterly compelling.
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  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766538922
  • Catalog Number: 65389

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Disc 1
  1. 1–5 Preludes (5) for piano, Op. 15 - Evgeny Kissin & Alexander Scriabin (7:14)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    1. 1No. 1: Andante
    2. 2No. 2: Vivo
    3. 3No. 3: Allegro assai
    4. 4No. 4: Andantino
    5. 5No. 5: Andante
  2. 6–9 Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'âme"), Op. 23 - Evgeny Kissin & Alexander Scriabin (20:42)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    1. 6Dramatico
    2. 7Allegretto
    3. 8Andante
    4. 9Presto con fuoco
  3. 10 Sonata-Reminiscenza for piano in A minor, Op. 38/1 - Evgeny Kissin & Nikolay Medtner (16:13)
    Composed byNikolay Medtner
  4. 11–13 Petrushka, movements (3) for piano - Evgeny Kissin & Igor Stravinsky (15:39)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    1. 11No. 1: Danse russe
    2. 12No. 2: Chez Pétrouchka
    3. 13No. 3: La Semaine grasse
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