The Essential Evgeny Kissin

The Essential Evgeny Kissin

by Evgeny KissinEvgeny Kissin


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2008
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886973011027
catalogNumber: 730110


  1. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, for organ in C major, BWV 564 (BC J36)
  2. Fantasy for piano in F minor/A flat major, Op. 49, C. 42
  3. Nocturne for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/1, CT. 114
  4. Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
  5. Mazurka for piano No. 20 in D flat major, Op. 30/3, CT. 70
  6. Mazurka for piano No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63
  7. Mazurka for piano No. 23 in D major, Op. 33/2, CT. 73
  8. Mazurka for piano No. 17 in B flat minor, Op. 24/4, CT. 67
  9. Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6
  10. Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
  11. Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne in D minor
  12. Intermezzo for piano in A minor, Op. 76/7
  13. Capriccio for piano in B minor, Op. 76/2
  14. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 1 in C minor
  15. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 2 in A minor
  16. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 5 in E flat minor
  17. Petrushka, movements (3) for piano
  18. The Lark (Zhavronok), song for voice & piano (A Farewell to St. Petersburg No. 10), G. x250

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