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A former child prodigy who had already made his concerto debut by the age of 10, Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin is one of today's most celebrated musicians. The maestro is particularly renowned for his interpretation of the Romantic literature, and in this fantastic compilation we are treated to some of his finest recordings within the genre -- recordings which, spanning three CDs, centre around two giants of the piano world, Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt.
The survey begins with a live performance of Chopin's two piano concertos, taken from the legendary 1984 Moscow concert that catapulted the 12-year-old genius to international fame. We then move on to some of the Polish composer's best-loved and most demanding repertoire for
solo piano; as well as featuring a selection of dance miniatures in the form of mazurkas and waltzes, the set also presents three affecting nocturnes, not to mention Chopin's final piano sonata -- a lengthy work whose performance lasts over 25 minutes -- and the magnificent Fantaisie in F minor Op.49.
Running the full gamut of emotions, from exuberance to extreme sorrow, Kissin's recital draws to a spectacular close with a series of show-stopping numbers by Liszt -- including the highly popular Liebestraum No.3 in A flat and the fiercely virtuosic Rhapsodie Espagnole. There's everything to delight the Romantic connoisseur and piano aficionado alike in this superb collection, full of style and based on a series of recordings that capture the early Kissin in his teenage years.
New Russian Archives:
This second wave of 3-CD sets drawn from the rich catalogue of the Russian Archives presents legendary Russian musicians in works of their compatriots. Russians will always tell you that only they can understand the Russian Soul in Russian music, so who are we to contradict them? Listen to the glowing and noble Tchaikovsky of Mravinsky, the enervating and passionate Rachmaninoff of Svetlanov, the deep insight into Shostakovich's world of Barshai (world premiere of the 14-th symphony), the famous Piano Sound of the Russian Piano School in Emil Gilels' hands: unique testimonies of a unique era in Western music history! As proof against the bias that Russians can only play Russian music Yevgeny Kissin shows himself a true master in Chopin and Liszt.
- Recordings made between 1983 & 1989.
- Includes booklet notes about the music and a biography of Kissin.
- Part of Brilliant Classics' Historical Russian Archive series. Previous releases include Kissin plays Russian piano music (9243), Gilels plays Beethoven Piano Concertos (94291) and Sofronitsky plays Russian piano music (9241). Read less
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