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 late 2017, 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. 3, No. 14 (Moonlight), No. 23 (Appassionata), No. 26 (Les Adieux) and No. 32, the composer’s final work in the genre.

When Kissin returns May 12 to Orchestra Hall, for his second appearance at Symphony Center this spring, he will perform works by Chopin, Schumann, Debussy and Scriabin. Beethoven, however, will be his sole focus when he returns next season for an SCP Piano recital May 10, 2020, as part of Symphony Center’s season-long salute to the composer on his 250th anniversary.

“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.”

After this month’s recital, Kissin will sign CDs in Buntrock Hall. For more information about Kissin’s performance May 12, click here.

TOP: Evgeny Kissin greets well-wishers backstage after his concert with the Emerson String Quartet last season. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2018