Pianist Evgeny Kissin returns to the Carnegie Hall New York. Whether he’s spinning threads of golden melody in Chopin, snapping off a fistful of notes in Prokofiev, or exploring the music of a rarely heard Jewish master, Evgeny Kissin has earned his living legend status. Kissin recital is always the one you cannot miss.
At a Glance
CHOPIN Nocturne in F Minor, Op. 55, No. 1; Nocturne in G Major, Op. 37, No. 2; Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2
Chopin virtually defined the wistful, romantic character of the piano nocturne. The three selections we hear on this evening’s program are characteristic of the genre in the simple regularity of their melodic phrase structure, offset by Chopin’s sophisticated rhythms, harmonies, accompaniment figures, and ornamentation.
SCHUMANN Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 14, “Grande Sonate”
Inspired by his youthful love for Clara Wieck, Schumann built his virtuosic and emotionally volatile Third Piano Sonata around one of her own compositions. Long after their marriage, he asked her to play a much-revised version of the earlier work for Brahms when the younger composer first visited them in Düsseldorf in the fall of 1853.
DEBUSSY Selections from Préludes, Book I and Book II
Debussy’s revolutionary style of piano writing was firmly established in the public mind by the time his two sets of Préludesappeared between 1910 and 1913. The eight pieces on this evening’s program illustrate his distinctive sound world, an enchanted fantasyland of shimmering harmonies, sinuous roulades, and richly embroidered melodies.
SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major, Op. 30
Scriabin began his career as a Romantic composer-pianist in the Lisztian mold and ended it as a proto-modernist. The fourth of his 10 piano sonatas is a compact, two-movement essay of considerable emotional range. The work demonstrates his affinity—shared by Debussy—for the hauntingly elliptical world of the French symbolist poets.
About the Artist
Evgeny Kissin’s musicality, the depth and poetic quality of his interpretations, and his extraordinary virtuosity have earned him the veneration and admiration deserved only by one of the most gifted classical pianists of his generation and, arguably, generations past. He is in demand the world over, and has appeared with many great orchestras and conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph von Dohnányi, Carlo Maria Giulini, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, and Seiji Ozawa.
Mr. Kissin was born in Moscow in October 1971 and began to play piano by ear at the age of two. At six years old, he entered a special school for gifted children, Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music, where he was a student of Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who has been his only teacher. At the age of 10, Mr. Kissin made his concerto debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466, and gave his first solo recital in Moscow one year later. He came to international attention in March 1984 when, at the age of 12, he performed Chopin’s First and Second piano concertos in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitri Kitayenko. This concert was recorded live by Melodiya, and a two-LP album was released the following year. Given the astounding success of this recording, Melodiya released five more LPs of Mr. Kissin’s live performances in Moscow.
During the 2018–2019 season, Mr. Kissin has given solo recitals in Vancouver and San Francisco before embarking on an extensive tour of Asia that included recitals in Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul, Yokohama, Tokyo, and Osaka, as well as a tour of Japan with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and an appearance with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In Europe, he performs with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, and Berliner Philharmoniker, among others. In addition to touring major European and North American cities with a solo recital program of Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, and Scriabin, Mr. Kissin partners with Itzhak Perlman for duo recitals in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC.