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Piano Works

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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Piano Works + Chopin: 4 Ballades- Waltzes, Op. 18 & 42 / Nocturne, Op. 15, No. 1 / Mazurkas, Op. 7, No. 3 / Op. 17, No. 4 & Op. 33, No. 2 / Etudes, Op. 10, Nos. 3 & 4
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  • Audio CD (4 April 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revelation
  • ASIN: B000006BAT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Waltz No. 14 In E Minor, Op. Posth. 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mazurka No. 40 In F Minor, Op. 63, No. 2 1:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mazurka No. 20 In D-flat Major, Op. 30, No. 3 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mazurka No. 17 In B-flat Minor, Op. 24, No. 4 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mazurka No. 51 In F Minor, Op. 68, No. 4 1:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mazurka No. 32 In C-sharp Minor, Op. 50, No. 3 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fantasie In F Minor, Op. 4912:12Album Only
Listen  8. Sonata No. 3 In B Minor, Op. 58: I Allegro maestoso 9:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sonata No. 3 In B Minor, Op. 58: II Scherzo: Molto vivace 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sonata No. 3 In B Minor, Op. 58: III Largo 9:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sonata No. 3 In B Minor, Op. 58: IV Finale: Presto non tanto; Agitato 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best piano playing around 8 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This disc of Chopin's four ballades from Kissin reveals the highest musicality, and these are clearly his favourite works in the piano repertoire because his playing is legendary. My favourites are the Berceuse and the Fourth Ballade which are played so beautifully and deeply, with great conviction and artistry. Get this CD if you like Chopin, and Kissin's piano playing. You will listen again and again. Well worth the money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite 7 Jan 2012
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Previously I had Idel Beret`s playing of Chopin`s ballades-and that was good-but no-one can put fire into a piano offering like Evgeny Kissin. This is a premier recording of these marvellous ballades and is certainly a worthy addition to any collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evgenny Kissin's exquisite Chopin 4 Mar 2010
By Pedr
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Buy this if you love Chopin and appreciate superb piano playing. If I want to relax then this is the music to listen to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredible - but be careful... 7 Oct 2003
By J. Huang - Published on Amazon.com
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Kissin is a dazzling performer, and his versions of the ballades is essential for anyone building a library of classical piano music. However, Kissin, I'm going to venture to say here, is as unpianistic as Glenn Gould was. If Gould put everything under a microscope, Kissin approaches everything in panorama. Both are extremes (which does not mean Gould wasn't a genius). Both pianists freely compromise a composer's intentions to fit their personal styles.

Kissin has a fluid, liquid-silver tone, and a dynamic range obviously geared to the concert hall. He makes things sound big and spacious. His technique is so sophisticated that he has driven himself permanently to some misty, rarefied plateau in the sky. The result is that sometimes you feel nothing at all has happened. His performances never touch the ground.

Having said that, it IS a lovely place when you're up there with him. But it's impersonal. People that buy this album that don't own any other version should equip themselves with something a little more standard while they're at it. I have an affinity for Arrau's ballades. With Kissin, you miss the close Chopin, the dear Chopin.

Anyway, No. 2 is absolutely frightening. Sometimes you wonder if he's playing the same music...

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't care what people say, Kissin HAS matured. 12 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording, in my opinion, is yet another confirmation of Kissin's talent. To all of you who have criticized this recording (or Kissin's playing in general), I say that wether or not this particular interpretation pushes all the right buttons for you or not, I really don't think you can deny the fact that Kissin is a great artist. I, for example, don't like everything Schnabel does in the Beethoven Sonatas, but that doesn't make Schnabel any less an artist. And to say that his playing hasn't matured over the years is downright silly. His tonal spectrum has diversified a great deal. I especially notice that he can play a beautiful sotto voce, which I don't hear in his earlier recordings. And for God's sake, give the man a break. He's not even thirty years old. We can't expect him to do a lifetime worth of maturing in six years! I've listened to these pieces a lot the past few years and I dare say I know them quite well. Nevertheless, Kissin brings out aspects of them I hadn't noticed before, especially inner lines. Sure, he may not be as spontanious as Argerich or Richter (I never cared much for Richter's Chopin), but he is a true artist who puts the music in first place and himself second. Regarding Kissin's practising habits, which someone here mentioned before, Kissin usually practises about four hours a day. This, as he says, is plenty if you have any real talent. Surprising as it may seem, a large portion of the soul-searching mentioned in an earlier review goes on away from the piano. Besides, practising seven hours a day every day can damage your hands, plain and simple. One last thought. Someone commented that "Many of the phrases have little shape". Listen to the middle section of the Scherzo and tell me the phrase has no shape.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ad astra per aspera 19 Jun 2000
By tom bennignus - Published on Amazon.com
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Having heard Evgeny Kissin in the house on three separate occasions in solo repertoire of Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Brahms as well as in the Beethoven "Emperor" with the Cleveland Orchestra under Ashkenazy, I am fully convinced that Kissin is not only the most gifted of the younger pianists but the only real candidate before the public for classification as an "immortal". The recording considered herein confirms this in every way. I heard Evgeny in Chicago in an all-Chopin program that broke my heart. His limpid playing, his tonal palette and the controlled, yet open emotion literally moved me to tears. Therefore, it was with great excitement that I purchased the Ballades and audited them. There was not only no disappointment but a renewed sense of why this young man is esteemed so highly. Words like transcendent, numinous and revelatory come to mind upon hearing this recording. The powerful technique that Kissin commands can hide the humanity of this great pianist; however, careful, heartbased appreciation of Kissin's art opens us to his world. It is so deep, so honest and searching that it seems impossible that one so young could know so much. However, such is the case with genius, especially one nurtured so carefully and lovingly. For some small introduction to the warmth of this master, I commend the recent video of Kissin, "The Gift of Music". Kissin is for me the "desert island" pianist, sine qua non. This brilliant recording now commands pride of place in my collection.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant performances 22 Jun 1999
By pm444 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While Kissin's recording of the Chopin Ballades won't displace Rubinstein from my shelf, he nevertheless offers the listener much to enjoy here. He does take some liberties which can be a bit extreme, as noted in a previous review, but his virtuosity is compelling. I felt that the sound and the production were both outstanding, but this is always a subjective judgment, especially when discussing recordings of solo piano music. If you must have your Ballades played the way you have always heard them, then this recording is probably not for you. But if you are ready for a different approach, give it a try.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave approach 24 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are many things I wished for more in this recording that I did not here, but also a seemingly limitless amount of surprises to be discovered every time I listen to this CD. It is nonsense to talk about his tecnique - take that for granted, but the interpretations are full of contrasts and yet fluid. And that in these ups and downs there are solid ideas under construction is a marvel seldom heard of. I strongly recommend this performance if your looking for a new approach to the ballades - still the Rubinstein recording is master.
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