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Recordings show the strengths and weaknesses of Kissin

Fresno Bee (subscription) – Fresno,CA,USA

Reissue on Brilliant Classics of Evgeny Kissin’s early Russian recordings get mixed reviews, but his Chopin concertos earn top marks:

Evgeny Kissin, “The Early Recordings: Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 12 and 20, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3, Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’ plus works by Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt and Brahms” (Brilliant Classics) Grade: B

In Concert: “Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1, Chopin Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 plus works by Liszt and Schumann” (Brilliant Classics) Grade: A )

The first volume, titled “The Early Recordings,” is the most collectible since it contains some of Kissin’s least-circulated concerto recordings. And though the performances are well-played and judiciously interpreted, they do make you wonder if his child-prodigy years were overrated. The “In Concert” set from 1987 gives the opposite impression, lending credence to piano pundits who claim Kissin never was greater than in those early years.

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