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Classical - Released August 25, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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A few weeks ago Deutsche Grammophon, the most prestigious German record label in the world, announced with great fanfare the return of Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin within its ranks alongside the pianists Murray Perahia, Krystian Zimerman, Daniil Trifonov, Rafał Blechacz and Seong-Jin Cho. It’s therefore with some trepidation that piano enthusiasts wait for this Beethoven album that proves tempestuous and of astounding mastery, particularly in Appassionata in which the left hand opens up uncanny new areas of expression. This Appassionata could very well fuel some regrets about Deutsche Grammophon’s reluctance to invest in Kissin’s comeback on the yellow label through a proper studio album with coherent sound recordings, rather than gathering a disparate patchwork of live recordings. © TG/Qobuz
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Classical - Released September 18, 1989 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released April 17, 2009 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released March 1, 2013 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released August 13, 2010 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released July 12, 2002 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released February 1, 2002 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

The new mark for young musical prodigies is no longer the number of accolades or recordings they can produce at an early age, but whether the enthusiasm surrounding their careers extends into adulthood. Pianist Evgeny Kissin has not only maintained a highly visibly and successful adult performance career, but some of his recordings from the late '80s and early '90s are already being re-released, a testament to his musical maturity at a young age. This compilation, entitled Fantasy, showcases much of Kissin's technical and musical acumen. Schubert and Brahms dominate the first disc, with the infrequently recorded Liszt transcriptions of six Schubert lieder starting off the album. Kissin's playing accentuates not only the virtuosic demands that Schubert/Liszt make of the pianist, but also take care to maintain the original vocal qualities of the music. The Schubert "Wanderer" Fantasy, while lacking slightly in the introspection achieved by Alfred Brendel, is far from trite. The second disc begins with the Tchaikovsky First Concerto accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan, one of Kissin's many supporters. Here, though, Kissin shows a little bit of his youth and inexperience with a somewhat slow, plodding rendition. The third movement in particular is far from the true Allegro con fuoco that can be heard in more seasoned performances of Van Cliburn or Volodos. Still, this is a recording of one of the titans of the concerto literature made by an artist of just 17 years, who is now undoubtedly capable of delivering many of the qualities he may have lacked as a younger man.
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Classical - Released January 15, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released March 25, 2011 | RCA Red Seal

Recorded between 1987 and 2003, the selections on Kissin Plays Liszt are representative of the Russian pianist's extraordinary virtuosity and the Hungarian composer's wide range of styles and expressions. These live recordings from New York and Tokyo have been compiled in a double-disc package to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birth, and Evgeny Kissin's extraordinary grasp of the repertoire guarantees that the music is as exciting and moving as possible. Several of the pieces are among Liszt's best known, such as the Mephisto Waltz No. 1, the Liebestraum No. 3, and selections from the increasingly popular Transcendental Etudes, along with the Schubert transcriptions, but these are never dull in Kissin's hands. Indeed, Kissin's liberties in concert may at times seem self-indulgent and excessive, but surely these can be forgiven in Liszt, especially because they often reveal new possibilities and new perspectives on Liszt's innovative approaches. While this is not the only Liszt album that should be heard to celebrate the bicentennial year, it is one of the more compelling reissues that warrants a hearing, and serves as a reminder that Kissin is still one of the most impressive interpreters of Romantic piano music.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1991 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released March 1, 1999 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released September 1, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released February 1, 1999 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released February 9, 1998 | RCA Red Seal

Brahms' Piano Sonata No. 3 was a monumental accomplishment for the young composer, and it is even more remarkable for being the last such work he would write. The scope of this sonata is comparable to those of the mature Beethoven, and its development and depth make it as complete a statement in that form as any nineteenth century composer would achieve. So strong is the work's assurance and sense of purpose that total commitment and stamina are required to unite the sonata's formal structure and passionate expression in a satisfying whole. From the powerful opening chords forward, it is clear that Evgeny Kissin's prodigious technique is matched by his emotional and intellectual involvement. Kissin's command of the keyboard is impressive, and the expressive demands the music makes are directly met. Kissin sustains his performance by playing the music as written, and he brings off towering sonorities without grandstanding and gentle lyricism without preciosity. This work's majestic weight is somewhat alleviated by the selections that follow it. The Intermezzo's simplicity of expression is effectively contrasted with a light and witty reading of the Capriccio. Even lighter, the five Hungarian Dances offered here are among Kissin's favorite encore pieces and are performed with great panache.
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Classical - Released June 12, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released July 12, 2002 | RCA Red Seal