Hailed by Gramophone magazine as “a Beethoven player of rare pedigree and distinction, the finest Russian-born Beethovenian since Emil Gilels,” Evgeny Kissin has returned to the composer’s works for his first recital disc in a decade.
Released in August, the Beethoven-themed, double-disc live set reunited Kissin with Deutsche Grammophon, after a 25-year break from the prestigious label. The set consists of works that Kissin has recorded at recitals over the last 10 years: 32 Variations in C Minor and Piano Sonatas No. 2 (Moonlight), No. 3, No. 23 (Appassionata), No. 14, No. 26 (Les Adieux) and No. 32, the composer’s final work in the genre.
When Kissin returns May 13 to Orchestra Hall, for his second appearance at Symphony Center this spring, he will perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 29 (Hammerklavier), along with selections from Rachmaninov’s Preludes, Op. 23 and 32. After the recital, Kissin will sign CDs in Grainger Ballroom.
“These recordings were made in the moment of performance,” observes Kissin in the DG set’s liner notes. “Live recordings always surpass studio albums for me, because I feel more inspired when playing for an audience. It means a lot to me to be able to share the spirit of that live experience with others.”
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