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Chopin: Preludes/Piano Sonata No.2

Evgeny Kissin Audio CD
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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: 185,241 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
See all 31 tracks on this disc

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is moving stuff! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting pianism. 20 Jan 2005
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This third Kissen Chopin recital to be issued certainly provides some exciting pianism. It is hard to imagine how ten fingers can be coordinated to produce the rippling effects in Prelude 3, the whirlwinds in Prelude 8, the headlong galloping in Prelude 16, and the terrifying swirl of sound in the Sonatas's finale. It is also hard to imagine how much one would need to pay in order to sit in such close proximity to the piano as it is recorded here. Never have I heard the three repeated notes at the bottom end of the keyboard sound as powerful as they do at the close of Prelude 24.
Chopin offers much more than opportunities for technical display, however, and few of these additional components are evident here. The tears below the surface of Prelude 4 are disregarded, the cantilena of Prelude 6 is more mechanical than vocal, and the Sonata's Scherzo is rushed rather than refined. Most successful is the Sonata's "Funeral March" - something I thought I never wanted to hear again. Perhaps the enforced slow tempo allows Chopin's voice to come through.
The engineers have captured the tension and excitement of Kissen's performances, but I am not sure that he has captured the essential refinement and eminently patrician qualities that typify Chopin's music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Oasis 25 Sep 2000
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As a visitor to the London Hi-Fi Show, I was confronted by the usual blend of 'sensational' music designed to impress but in reality proving brash and tiresome! However, one room offered the near miracle of quality of equipment partnered by superb music - the incredibly intense and engaging style was instantly recognisable as that of Evgeny Kissin who had captivated us all on the first night of the Proms. I'm neither a musician nor a recording engineer, but this one gets full marks for style and substance.
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