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Schubert, Liszt: Piano Sonatas, Etc / Evgeny Kissin


Release Date: 05/04/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 58420   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertFranz Liszt
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  SWR Studio, Freiburg, Germany 
Length: 46 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 7, Ständchen "Leise flehen" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Geneva, Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  SWR Studio, Freiburg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Das Wandern (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  SWR Studio, Freiburg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Wohin? (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 5 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  SWR Studio, Freiburg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
5.
Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 3, Aufenthalt by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  SWR Studio, Freiburg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  SWR Studio, Freiburg, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Molto moderato
Andante sostenuto
Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza
Allegro, ma non troppo
Ständchen (From Schwanengesang, D957)
Das Wandern (From Die schöne Müllerin, D795)
Wohin? (From Die schöne Müllerin, D795)
Aufenthalt (From Schwanengesang, D957)
Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S514

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 standchen August 23, 2013 By D. Mattoo (Richmond Hill, NY) See All My Reviews "This is the most beautiful and moving rendition of Standchen that I have ever heard. The timing of the notes and the timing between notes just makes it so subtly enchanting, indescribably by words. I bought the cd for this particular piece of music but have come to love the other pieces as well." Report Abuse
 Portentous Schubert and Stunning Liszt December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Evgeny Kissin's recording of Schubert's B-flat sonata begins at a crawling tempo that sounds like an attempt to imitate Sviatoslav Richter. One wonders if Kissin actually feels the music should go this way, or is dragging the tempo in order to seem "profound". (He includes the exposition repeat, which adds another five minutes to the proceedings.) In the development, Kissin briefly kicks up the tempo a bit. While this should seem to enliven the movement, his acceleration (which reverts back after the development), merely throws it off kilter. It's a mite schizoid. The second movement fares even worse. Labeled an "andante sostenuto", it's played at a tempo that could be called an "adagio quasi largo." The problem with this tempo is not merely that it makes the music crawl, but it would have been unworkable on the pianos of Schubert's time: the music would have sounded dissociated due to the short sustaining power of the instrument. There's even a technical bauble at 6:26, surprising given how tightly edited Kissin's recordings are usually. Kissin rips through the outer sections of the Scherzo, turning them into a Presto. He slows down for the Trio - - about the most normal playing to be found in this piece. The concluding movement zips along without incident, although there are some annoying cutesy-poo effects like playing legato chords as staccato. After the dragging of the first two movements, and the rushing of the third, it comes as an anticlimax. If the former wunderkind Kissin wanted to prove he was mature by playing Schubert this way, he overshot the mark. Schubert is not merely a "winter wandered shadowed by death", there is joy and charm to be heard in his music as well - - even the late pieces. Kissin's Schubert is portentous and pretentious. The song transcriptions fare a bit better. One secret to playing these pieces is to remember that they are not Schubert, but rather Schubert-Liszt. Both factors need to be respected. In Ständchen, Kissin holds his own against mighty rivals Rachmaninoff and Horowitz, but he is considerably less imaginative than either. He let's some color unfold in Wohin and Aufenthalt and the effect is like a flower blooming. The high point of this disc is Liszt's Mephisto Waltz. This performance is an excellent example of how to build toward a climax: Kissin starts the piece rather coolly, with lighter than usual articulation and spare use of the sustaining pedal; about three minutes in, he slows down for the hypnotic, ruminative part - he's hold back, milking the music; about eight minutes in, Kissin goes into overdrive lets loose a fury of demonic passagework, bringing the piece to a resounding finish. This is one of the best Mephisto Waltzes I've ever heard - and I've heard many. I can only respond to such playing with a stunned "Wow." Given how Sony/BMG is constantly repackaging recordings, this Mephisto is a candidate for a "Best of Kissin" disc. The unfortunate performance of the Schubert can be left behind. The sound is fine." Report Abuse
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