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Bach-Busoni, Beethoven, Schumann / Evgeny Kissin


Release Date: 01/12/1999 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68911   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ferruccio BusoniRobert SchumannLudwig van BeethovenJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

If Kissin were a singer, he would definitely be on the opera stage. He produces a sound which is deep, weighty and brilliant, and projects the opening of Kreisleriana as if he were Jove himself venting his rage.

Yevgeny Kissin may look like a marionette, but if he were a singer, he would definitely be on the opera stage. He does not bash, but he produces a sound which is deep, weighty and brilliant. He projects the opening piece of Kreisleriana as if he were Jove himself venting his rage – not quite the passionate eccentricity Schumann had in mind, perhaps, though the contrasting quiet section is delicious. Nor does the second piece begin quite ‘inwardly’ as marked, though it is very considered, and while Kissin makes
Read more the first Intermezzo dazzling, he misses Schumann’s simple joy. From the second Intermezzo alone you know it is Kissin playing because of his characteristic – and deliberate – dragging of the left hand behind the right. His constant virtue is commitment to every single note he plays, which makes the final section of this extended piece, if much larger than life, incredibly compelling.

No pianist today (or yesterday) is more lavishly gifted than Kissin purely as a technician. For natural brilliance, perhaps, Martha Argerich compares, and it is her recording of Kreisleriana with which this new release invites comparison. Though Kissin’s recording is rich and spacious, it doesn’t make use of the microphone to produce all those half-lights and impalpable shadows that Argerich achieved. And Kissin hasn’t Argerich’s range of response to the picturesque – none of her secretive mood in the third piece, her impish glee in the fifth, nor above all, her sense of intimacy.

And yet, on its own, very ‘public’ terms, this issue is overwhelming, with a performance of the Bach-Busoni Chaconne which, for once, bears no sign of straining the medium.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Adrian Jack, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chaconne for Piano in D minor (after Bach, BWV 1004), K B24 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1897 
2.
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Southwest German Radio, Freiburg 
Length: 34 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Rondo a capriccio for Piano in G major, Op. 129 "Rage Over a Lost Penny" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Southwest German Radio, Freiburg 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Rondo for Piano in G major, Op. 51 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Southwest German Radio, Freiburg 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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