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|Sergey Rachmaninov, Sergey Prokofiev, Franz Liszt|
Evgeny Kissin In Tokyo
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
This performance was recorded when Yevgeny Kissin was 16, several years before his U.S. debut. Kissin is a major pianist, but this may not be one of the essential items in his discography. The longest item on the disc is... more »
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This performance was recorded when Yevgeny Kissin was 16, several years before his U.S. debut. Kissin is a major pianist, but this may not be one of the essential items in his discography. The longest item on the disc is Prokofiev's Sonata No. 6, which Kissin plays extremely well but without the crushing power of Richter (preferably on Praga PR 250 015) or Kasman (Calliope CAL 9606). However, Kissin plays the rest of this recital, which consists of shorter pieces by Rachmaninov, Liszt, Chopin, and Scriabin, with the color, power and facility that marked him as a major pianist in the making. --Leslie Gerber
Great CD, but with an error in the track listing
Bug Artist | Santa Monica, CA USA | 10/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I agree that Kissin's performance of Rachmaninoff's Lilacs is a knockout, as is his rendering of the two Etudes Tableaux that follow. However, I would say his treatment of Scriabin's formidable C# minor etude falls short of the lyrical Romanticism and masterful voicing of my Horowitz recording of this piece, though Kissin rises to the technical challenges admirably. It's an impressive live performance by a young artist, but to call it the best recording of this etude to date is a stretch.
It should be pointed out that the track listing shown above and on the CD cover seems to be incorrect in that track number 9 on the CD is not in fact "Un Sospiro" as listed but is rather Liszt's "Waldesrauschen.""
Satisfying recital from young Kissin.
Stavros Tsombanidis | Hellas | 01/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kissin not quite 16 in this live recording delivers! Well do not expect the striking appearance/presentation like in the legendary 1984 performance, but Kissin's interpretation is always grandiose. Definitely the two Chopin compositions suffer relatively from immaturity (be sure to listen to them in Chopin Volume 1 CD, recorded 6 years after this) but the other technically-mentally-spiritually demanding compositions are being interpreted very well by Mr. Kissin. The performance for Lilacs is certifiably a memorable one! Not to mention the Prokofiev War Sonata! The melody from Usagi (encore) is very cute! The encores provide a somehow gentle/lightsome flavor in the whole classic-oriented recital.
Also many kudos to the Sony Classical series for offering low price/value CDs like this one.