Live from Carnegie Hall: Kissin and Levine
An all-Schubert program from two Carnegie Hall "regulars"—Evgeny Kissin and James Levine—is the focus of today's installment of Live from Carnegie Hall.
Artists: Evgeny Kissin and James Levine
Album: The Carnegie Hall Concert
Label: RCA Red Seal
Date Recorded: May 1, 2005
Fun Fact: Schubert's Fantasy for Two Pianos in F Minor, D 940, was written for four hands and one piano. That night, the duo performed it on two pianos.
Between them, Evgeny Kissin and James Levine have performed more than 220 concerts at Carnegie Hall. Levine alone has made over than 170 appearances—many of them as conductor but with more than 50 as soloist. Kissin's 1990 Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage solo recital debut was also released as a live recording on RCA Red Seal.
The artists took the stage that night—facing each other across several yards of Steinway Model D grand pianos—to perform an all-Schubert program that included the "Lebensstürme" and "Grand Duo."
The reviews of the concert generally agree that Kissin, as primo, and Levine, as secondo, gave a stellar performance. Many reviewers commented on the use of two pianos for pieces originally written for four hands and one piano, and the challenges that presented for players and audience.
Levine and Kissin team up again—with the MET Orchestra—on April 10 for a program of Schoenberg, Chopin, and Brahms. Kissin returns to Carnegie Hall on April 28 with violist and fellow-Russian Yuri Bashmet; and Levine conducts the MET Orchestra and French soprano Natalie Dessay on May 15.
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April 10 The MET Orchestra; James Levine, Conductor; Evgeny Kissin, Piano
April 28 Evgeny Kissin, Piano; Yuri Bashmet, Viola
May 15 The MET Orchestra; James Levine, Conductor; Natalie Dessay, Viola