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The Essential Evgeny Kissin

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
One cannot think of pianist Evgeny Kissin without contemplating his remarkable beginnings as a child prodigy. No ordinary prodigy, mind you, but one who began playing the piano at the age of two and who was enrolled in a conservatory by the age of six. What is equally admirable as his auspicious beginning is the way he has maintained his level of intensity and relevance into artistic maturity. In some ways, The Essential Evgeny Kissin detracts from Kissin's maturity and depth of musical understanding that he now commands. The two-disc set leans heavily toward the virtuosic. While Kissin is able to toss off even the most nimble passages with ease and wade through dense,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
One cannot think of pianist Evgeny Kissin without contemplating his remarkable beginnings as a child prodigy. No ordinary prodigy, mind you, but one who began playing the piano at the age of two and who was enrolled in a conservatory by the age of six. What is equally admirable as his auspicious beginning is the way he has maintained his level of intensity and relevance into artistic maturity. In some ways, The Essential Evgeny Kissin detracts from Kissin's maturity and depth of musical understanding that he now commands. The two-disc set leans heavily toward the virtuosic. While Kissin is able to toss off even the most nimble passages with ease and wade through dense, powerful chordal scoring with powerful confidence, listeners of this set don't get as many opportunities to hear his powers of introspection. That being said, listeners in the market for a true demonstration of Kissin's vast technical abilities will not be disappointed. The jaw-dropping intensity of Stravinsky's three movements from "Petrouchka" alone is enough to mesmerize audiences. The various pieces are drawn from performances from as far back as 1988. As such, the sound quality varies greatly throughout the album. Often, the piano's lower end comes across as weak and thin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886973011027
  • Catalog Number: 730110

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, for organ in C major, BWV 564 (BC J36) - Evgeny Kissin & Johann Sebastian Bach (18:01)
  2. 2 Fantasy for piano in F minor/A flat major, Op. 49, C. 42 - Evgeny Kissin & Frédéric Chopin (14:01)
  3. 3 Nocturne for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/1, CT. 114 - Evgeny Kissin & Frédéric Chopin (5:52)
  4. 4 Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115 - Evgeny Kissin & Frédéric Chopin (6:11)
  5. 5 Mazurka for piano No. 20 in D flat major, Op. 30/3, CT. 70 - Evgeny Kissin & Frédéric Chopin (2:47)
  6. 6 Mazurka for piano No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63 - Evgeny Kissin & Frédéric Chopin (4:59)
  7. 7 Mazurka for piano No. 23 in D major, Op. 33/2, CT. 73 - Evgeny Kissin & Frédéric Chopin (2:13)
  8. 8 Mazurka for piano No. 17 in B flat minor, Op. 24/4, CT. 67 - Evgeny Kissin & Frédéric Chopin (5:21)
  9. 9 Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6 - Evgeny Kissin & Frédéric Chopin (8:52)
  10. 10 Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155 - Evgeny Kissin & Frédéric Chopin (7:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne in D minor - Evgeny Kissin & Johann Sebastian Bach (14:56)
  2. 2 Intermezzo for piano in A minor, Op. 76/7 - Evgeny Kissin & Johannes Brahms (3:25)
  3. 3 Capriccio for piano in B minor, Op. 76/2 - Evgeny Kissin & Johannes Brahms (3:06)
  4. 4 Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 1 in C minor - Evgeny Kissin & Sergey Rachmaninov (3:27)
  5. 5 Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 2 in A minor - Evgeny Kissin & Sergey Rachmaninov (6:19)
  6. 6 Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 5 in E flat minor - Evgeny Kissin & Sergey Rachmaninov (5:07)
  7. 7–9 Petrushka, movements (3) for piano - Evgeny Kissin & Igor Stravinsky (15:49)
  8. 8 The Lark (Zhavronok), song for voice & piano (A Farewell to St. Petersburg No. 10), G. x250 - Evgeny Kissin & Mikhail Glinka (5:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Evgeny Kissin Primary Artist
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