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Evgeny Kissin was born in Moscow in October 1971 and began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at the age of two. At six years old, he entered a special school for gifted children, the Moscow Gnessin School of Music, where he was a student of Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who has remained his only teacher. At the age of ten, he made his concerto debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 466 ... Read more in Amazon's Evgeny Kissin Store

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  • Performer: Evgeny Kissin
  • Composer: Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Seal
  • ASIN: B00002DE5F
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "24 Preludes, Op. 28"
2. "Sonata No. 2, Op. 35, in B-Flat Minor"
3. Prelude No. 1 in C
4. Prelude No. 2 in A Minor
5. Prelude No. 3 in G
6. Prelude No. 4 in E Minor
7. Prelude No. 5 in D
8. Prelude No. 6 in B Minor
9. Prelude No. 7 in A
10. Prelude No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor
11. Prelude No. 9 in E
12. Prelude No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor
13. Prelude No. 11 in B
14. Prelude No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor
15. Prelude No. 13 in F-Sharp
16. Prelude No. 14 in E-Flat Minor
17. Prelude No. 15 in D-Flat
18. Prelude No. 16 in B-Flat Minor
19. Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat
20. Prelude No. 18 in F Minor
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2000
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As a semi-professional musician myself I like to think I have a reasonable degree of musical understanding and appreciation and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Kissin is the best pianist by some considerable margin I have ever heard for the Romantic repertoire.
His power is the fortissimo passages is astounding whilst remaining musical at all times and the slow chorale-like section of the March Funebre from the 2nd sonata on this disc includes a truly beautiful extended section of controlled pianissimo which you simply can't be disappointed with.
11 out of 10!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Mar. 2000
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Finally there's a solo piano album in my collection that can match John McArthur's 'HIDDEN' (1999). It's Kissin's 'Chopin'. Haven't heard such a great piano solo album in years. 'Chopin' -released in 2000- was a revelation to me. This guy's playing takes your breath away. His playing is daring and adventurous, and because he has a perfect sense of structure as well, he never gets lost and keeps everything in perfect balance. And on top of this, his playing is deeply moving. I hear a lot of McArthur and Horowitz in Kissin's playing, but, much more important, I hear foremost a pianist with a distinct style of his own. He is distinct.
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By Stanley Crowe on 27 Jan. 2014
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Kissin is obviously an extremely capable pianist, usually marrying wonderful technique to golden tone and apt expressivity -- his Beethoven concertos (2 and 5) with Levine c. 1997 are great performances in exceptional sound. With the Chopin Preludes here, the technique is still solid, but there isn't a lot of magic in the performances. They sound good, maybe a little close-up, but not much light and shade or really enlivening rubato. I can't fault them, really, but I'm not enchanted. I'm going to try Argerich and Ashkenazy to get a better sense of what else might be possible with them. I agree with Santa Fe Listener (on American amazon.com) that the sonata goes better -- the piece has opportunities for scintillation that maybe the Preludes don't have, and the long third movement finds Kissin responsive to the undertone of tragedy and the sense of a need for consolation. I'm not sorry to have the disc (the sound, just as sound, is impressive) but I remain more impressed than moved by it.
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I was quite excited to give this a listen as I consider Kissin's Liszt interpretations to be well among my favourites, but was unfortunately disappointed. Kissin is undoubtedly an incredibly gifted pianist and his talent brings me a great deal of pleasure in plenty of his other recordings but this work sounds to me like it was a chore for him to play. The playing is as technically proficient as you would expect from Kissin but he seems unable to make the music sing. Perhaps I'm just too accustomed to a particular style of interpretation (Argerich's is probably my favourite) for this to appeal to me, but if you are looking for the perfect balance of raw passion and delicacy that I think Chopin needs in order to come alive, then I suggest you look elsewhere as this recording seems to lack much of either, never mind finding the perfect balance of the two.
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