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Evgeny Kissin, Piano

Thursday, May 16, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Evgeny Kissin by Sasha Gusov
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. Praised for his “blend of technical mastery and eloquent artistry” (The New York Times) as well as the “lovely limpid clarity” (The Telegraph) of his playing, a Kissin recital is always the one you cannot miss.

Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos II


Evgeny Kissin, Piano


CHOPIN Nocturne in F Minor, Op. 55, No. 1

CHOPIN Nocturne in G Major, Op. 37, No. 2

CHOPIN Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2

SCHUMANN Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 14, "Grande Sonate"

DEBUSSY Selections from Préludes, Book I and Book II
·· Danseuses de Delphes
·· Les collines d'Anacapri
·· Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest
·· La fille aux cheveux de lin
·· La sérénade interrompue
·· La Cathédrale engloutie
·· Général Lavine - eccentric
·· Feux d'artifice

SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 30

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

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 Préludes appeared 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.

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